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Media report for Aug. 29 - Sept. 18, 2020

October 1, 2020   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for Aug. 29 – Sept. 18, 2020 is now available online.

Confusion over eviction ban led to selective enforcement

September 2, 2020   |  Associated Press

Emily Benfer, a law professor at Wake Forest and chair of the American Bar Association’s COVID-19 Task Force Committee on Eviction, praised the Trump administration’s action to halt evictions for most renters through the end of the year as a “tremendous intervention that promises to protect the health and safety of millions of renters.” But she also warned that it’s only a “half measure.” “Without rental assistance to cover the mounting debt, it only delays eviction and its devastating consequences.”

How the CARES Act failed to protect tenants from eviction

August 29, 2020   |  CNBC

In a June survey by the National Housing Law Project, more than 90% of legal aid and civil rights attorneys said they’ve seen illegal evictions in their area. “Without compliance and enforcement mechanisms, a law’s purpose may go unrealized,” said Emily Benfer, an eviction expert and visiting professor of law at Wake Forest. “Congress failed to add a check for compliance with the CARES act. It fell to the courts.”

Why the 'COVID-19 killed only 6%' argument is wrong

September 2, 2020   |  USA Today

“Because COVID-19 might not make it on to a lot of death certificates, a better way to count deaths is to look at how many more people have died each month than is typical,” said statistics professor Lucy D’Agostino McGowan. “Several organizations have been doing this, including the CDC and the Economist. These data suggest that we have seen more than 200,000 excess deaths so far this year, far more than show up in the COVID-19 numbers.”

Colleges look for lower risk ways for students to socialize

September 18, 2020   |  Inside Higher Ed

Tim Wilkinson, associate dean for student engagement, said the university required student organization leaders to undergo training on the university’s rules for in-person events, which for example limit group size to 10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors. Wake Forest, which reports 73 confirmed COVID cases over the past 14 days, is also making tents reservable for student groups.

Media report for July 25 - Aug. 28, 2020

September 8, 2020   |  WFU News and Communications

The Wake Forest News Media Report for July 25 – Aug. 28, 2020 is now available online.

Wake Forest students return to campus and hope they can stay

August 21, 2020   |  News & Record

Student move-in went smoothly this week, said Matthew Clifford, the university’s dean of residence life and housing. About 1,400 new first-year students had checked in by Thursday. Another 2,350 upperclass students who are living in campus housing are scheduled to move in by Monday. For both new and returning students, move-in was an entirely redesigned experience…Miles Middleton, the Student Government Association president, said he feels for the freshmen. It’ll be important for returning students to follow the rules, be good role models for freshmen and make the new students feel comfortable, the senior said. Wake Forest, he said, is a small and connected place with a strong community and a good plan for dealing with COVID-19. That’ll help.

Will the penny survive coronavirus? Some hope not

July 29, 2020   |  The New York Times

Robert Whaples, an economics professor at Wake Forest, said his research, which examined data from a chain of convenience stores, showed that customers ended up breaking even over time because prices were rounded down as much as up, considering people buy multiple items and when accounting for tax. “Right now, with the coin shortage, is a good opportunity to seize the issue,” he said, arguing that pennies should be eliminated from circulation.

What to do if you’re at risk of eviction now that the CARES Act moratorium has ended

July 31, 2020   |  CNBC

If you’re facing eviction during the coronavirus pandemic, you’re definitely not alone. Still, there might be rules in place to help keep you in your home. For example, many courts have moved to remote hearings during the public health crisis. But some courts require that both parties agree to a virtual hearing, and if they don’t, the case won’t be scheduled until the hearings move back to the courtroom, said Emily Benfer, an eviction expert and a visiting professor of law at Wake Forest.

When collegiate sports are sidelined, schools and local economies take a hit

August 4, 2020   |  Marketplace

Consistently competitive sports programs are vital to collegiate economics, said Todd McFall, sports economist and professor at Wake Forest. Every time Wake Forest makes it into the NCAA basketball tournament, it is a recruitment ad campaign for the school. “That doesn’t show up in the accounting budget. It shows up in the demand to go to the school. It shows up in terms of the size of the tuition that they’re able to charge. It shows up in all sorts of revenues that are not tied directly to the athletic program.”

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