Roughnecks old and young ready to hit the mats

By Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 As with many other sports last spring, COVID-19 ruined chances for teams to reach the top prize: a national title. This applies to the University of Findlay wrestling team and the three athletes that would have competed. Head Coach Shawn Nelson says the situation is sad. “I think it was very disappointing for the three qualifiers, especially our...

UFTV working to keep the community in the game

By Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 Croy gymnasium on the University of Findlay campus is known for its “sixth man” presence. It’s legendary. The Findlay community embraces their favorite basketball teams and pack the stands at games. This basketball season that special ingredient will be missing from the Oiler basketball games as COVID-19 restrictions are keeping fans out...

UF’s Student Government Association looks to new and old COVID-19 polices for the spring semester

By Lauren Wolters woltersl1@findlay.edu University of Findlay’s Student Government Association (SGA) was highly involved in the university’s COVID-19 policies since they were first adopted this year.  Ashlyn Coleman, the Sergeant at Arms of the SGA says that at the SGA retreat this past August, much of the members’ attention was...

Two universities handle COVID-19 in slightly different ways

By Courtney Koebel @courtneykoebel koebelc@findlay.edu      COVID-19 has changed campuses around the country. Some going to virtual learning and some still attending in person classes. The Governor of Ohio Mike DeWine has given universities the freedom to create their own COVID-19 response and only required them to report their cases to the students and community members...

Preparing for a very COVID-19 holiday

By Emma Smith smithe11@findlay.edu With just days of face-to-face learning left for University of Findlay students thoughts are turning to Thanksgivings Day. UF junior education major, Hannah Otley, says Thanksgiving is going to look a little different at her house this year. She says her family is taking extra precautions to make sure their family could enjoy each other’s company safely....

UF Professors adopt new strategies to fend off COVID-19

By Lauren Wolters woltersl1@findlay.edu With Turkey Day approaching and COVID-19 circling the University of Findlay community like a vulture, the UF community seems to have a lot more on their plates this year. Both students and faculty’s plates were piled high with the normal stress of a semester and the added stress of COVID-19 procedures. Professors had to work to prepare for the upcoming...

Ohio Governor pleads for public cooperation in stopping the coronavirus

UF continues ongoing adjustments and considerations  By Leah Alsept @leah_0913 Governor Mike DeWine addressed Ohioans Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. which was a break from his traditional 2 p.m. news conferences. The address was from his home in Cedarville and was reminiscent of a Roosevelt-era fireside chat. But his message was simple: Wear your masks and stay socially distanced. Ohio’s new...

Schooling from Home

How one UF student dealt with having COVID-19 By Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 As the University of Findlay balances the act of having classes on campus while keeping everyone safe from COVID-19, some students were still exposed to the virus. Scott Jennings, a student at UF, contracted the virus. Jennings says that when he first found out, he immediately was worried that he...

UF International Students Stuck in “Unprecedented Times”

By Lauren Wolters woltersl1@findlay.edu COVID-19 has undoubtedly impacted all the University of Findlay’s students. However, that impact varies depending on the student, and that impact has arguably been greater on UF international students. International students already gain a unique experience by studying outside their home country.  Timotej Iliev, a UF international student from...

UF Athletics to Halt Spectators

Laurita says safety of students is top priority By Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 With the cold weather setting in, the risk of COVID-19 spreading has increased drastically. Due to this, and the rise in cases in both Hancock County and the University of Findlay, UF officials have decided to halt all spectators for indoor competition. UF Athletic Director Brandi Laurita says the...

Don’t Stop the Party?

By Lauren Wolters woltersl1@findlay.edu Halloween at the University of Findlay looked a little different this year. Students were advised to keep their gatherings small, to not share food, stay outside, and disinfect EVERYTHING. Masks were required as well but not by the usual costume party standards. Vice President for Student Affairs Dave Emsweller sent out information on Nov. 3 in a UF Update...

Student athletes feel the brunt of COVID-19

By Taylor Christensen christensent@findlay.edu Vice President of Student Affairs Dave Emsweller updated COVID-19 numbers Nov. 2 in a UF Update for the week of Oct. 25 to Oct. 31. He said there were 97 positive active cases (three community members were included), 34 pending test results, 73 completed tests that week, and 379 in a 14-day quarantine. Many University of Findlay student athletes...

The only “break” in spring break this year is broken plans

By Olivia Hyatt hyatto@findlay.edu With cases on the rise, and Hancock county being a level two, the effects of COVID-19 strike again as the University of Findlay announces spring break is cancelled, sort of.  The UF Update sent out on Oct. 14 outlines the current plans for the Spring semester—virtual start on Jan. 11, return face-to-face and hybrid on Jan. 19., and the cancellation of...

Winter Sports Preview: Men’s Basketball

Coach Ernst and Oiler Basketball thankful and ready for another season By Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53   With COVID-19 having a large effect on colleges nationwide around March, many sports had to cancel the remaining half of their season. One of these sports included basketball. Although the season did not end the way he and the team wanted it to, University of Findlay...

COVID-19 prevention in UF dorms

By Megan Berg bergm@findlay.edu             Residence halls pose serious concerns about the transmission of COVID-19. Students living in residence halls may be at a higher risk of contracting the virus, due to close proximity, shared bathrooms, and small halls. Several Residence Life staff weighed on in the measures in place to protect UF...

Positive or negative coronavirus result? COVID-19 affects everyone at UF

The University of Findlay stresses that Oilers stay safe and take precautions during this unpredictable time By Leah Alsept @leah_0913 University of Findlay student Hannah Caram says she contracted the coronavirus a few weeks ago. Sept. 13 was her last day of quarantine, and she’s ready to go back out into the world. “As of Sunday my quarantine has ended, I can go out in public,” said...

The lasting global impact of COVID-19

By Leah Alsept (@leah_0913) Osaka, Japan, is 6,639 away from Findlay, OH. Visiting Professor of Japanese Rie Aoki hasn’t been to her home city Osaka since summer 2019. As COVID-19 vaccination hopes are seen in the news , the CDC COVID-19 Tracker states that there are 125,144 confirmed cases of the virus in Ohio with over six million cases across America. Japan, a country that the University of...

COVID-19 takes sorority recruitment online at UF

By Olivia Hyatt COVID-19 has put many plans on hold, but for the Phi Sigma Sigma chapter at the University of Findlay it has only changed the way they have to do things. Phi Sigma Sigma’s fall 2020 recruitment began on Sept. 8; however, the chapter was notified from the National Panhellenic Conference only two weeks prior to the first night of recruitment it was to be entirely virtual. This...

Fall sports? High school: Yes. College: No.

By Alana Sundermann @alana_sundy23 sundermanna@findlay.edu On Aug. 18 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R-OH) announced a new Ohio Department of Health order to allow high school contact sports to being competition. The list included field hockey, soccer and football. But he student athletes to continue following safety precautions so that all sports can be played.  The announcement was welcome news to...

Masks up when the the film is rolling

Column by Dylan Frazier Frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 I’ve been very cautious with COVID-19 since before it was cool (not to brag). I bought some surgical masks before it was cool, and I bought so much hand sanitizer that we still have some leftover (again not to brag or anything). I’ve hardly left the house except for a few things here and there, but one thing I have truly missed is...

While viral news runs rampant fact checking is a rare occurrence

By Dylan Frazier Frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 “Well I saw it , so it has to be true. because I agree with it,” said Department Chair of the Communication Department, Diana Montague sarcastically. Over the last six months, many people have spewed a variety of theories. Those theories have ranged from the “REAL” Covid-19 facts to the real reason George Floyd was murdered. There...

The international approach to wearing a mask

Wearing a Mask should be a team effort Column by Ethan Hockaday Hockaday@findlay.edu Wearing face masks has become a point of contention in recent months following the onset of the Coronavirus, with the primary argument being about the enforcement of mask-wearing. For some people being forced to wear a mask is a breach of personal liberties, whilst to others, it is a needed evil to stop the...

Students adjust to on campus housing during a pandemic

by Dylan Frazier @dylanfrazier With about 1,070 students living on campus this year, University of Findlay students seem to be taking dorm life changes during the pandemic in stride. Housing students safely during the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge many universities and their students face this school year. Sophomore graphic design major Nolan O’Connell says taking the necessary...

COVID-19 puts athletics on hold once again

By: Collin Frazier @Collin_53   With Oiler Nation coming back to school, albeit with some new guidelines, one thing that students were looking forward to was being able to cheer on their fellow students in fall athletics. Due to COVID-19, all fall contact sports, including soccer and volleyball, will be postponed to the spring of 2021. University of Findlay Athletic Director Brandi Laurita...

Trying to come up when everywhere else is still down

Column by Dylan Frazier @dylanfrazier Life hasn’t really been too easy for most of us since March. One day we were in class with our friends, professors, and classmates and then the next we were watching lectures on Zoom. Social isolation plaguing all of us and the constant threat of accidentally spread COVID-19 being in the back of our minds has only been part of the hardest year for many of...

Thousands of dollars and a lot of planning shape new classroom technology

by Pulse Staff University of Findlay students will notice some differences in many of the classrooms on campus this fall and the strategy behind the new set up took a lot of doing. Academic Technology Services (ATS), Information Technology Services (ITS), and the Center for Teaching and Program Excellence (CTE) worked together to get classrooms ready for a very different fall semester. At the end...

Sitting on the ball

Dylan Frazier frazierd@findlay.edu @dylanfrazier44 Former University of Findlay basketball player Martyce Kimbrough began his second year playing professional basketball in Spain this year. But his season was cut short on March 11, when President Donald Trump announced travel from Europe to the United States would be suspended. “My first reaction to Trump shutting off travel to Europe was...

More information on Student Emergency Fund released

University of Findlay Vice President for Student Affairs Dave Emsweller announced today the procedure for University of Findlay students  who wish to seek help from the student emergency fund the University set up in late March. Emsweller stated: “The Student Emergency Fund provides financial support in the form of a one-time grant of up to $500 to a limited number of University of...

The Unprecedented Epidemic: The Response

by Rowan Gnepper Unprecedented might just be the best way to sum up the Coronavirus.  No one expected its spread or effects to be as drastic as the climate that now is being endured, new twists unveiled each day. University of Findlay sophomore and soccer player Garrett Arbogast is taking the virus day-by-day. “I don’t think anyone really knows how long this will last,” Arbogast said....

College students slip through the cracks of the federal stimulus package

by Emma Smith and Pulse Staff The largest emergency aid package in United States history leaves out millions of college students like Triston Novak, a junior physical therapy major at the University of Findlay. “I find it ridiculous that I am not receiving any type of stimulus,” Novak said. “I pay my taxes and I have self-sustained mostly since after turning 18.” On March 27 the House of...

UF Community and beyond find ways to pass the time during the COVID-19 crisis

by Hope Brant With the Coronavirus pandemic worldwide, people are coming up with creative new ways to keep themselves busy during the stay-at-home order by the Ohio’s Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control, CDC.  Mikaela Hann, junior sonography major at the University of Findlay is staying busy chasing around the little ones at the childcare where she works in Findlay...

The international fall out of COVID-19 at the University of Findlay

by Leah Alsept @leah_0913 Karen Fullin studied TESOL at the University of Findlay. Soon after graduating, Fullin left the United States to teach at Guangxi University in China in August 2018. An English Language Instructor, Fullin covered multiple subjects like academic writing, basic statistics and research. She was set to teach linguistics during the 2020 spring semester, but something derailed...

A letter to my college athlete in the midst of COVID-19

The battle against COVID-19 is a serious fight. And it's taken some things away from the normalcy of our lives. Of course everyone understands the importance of the measures taken to cancel the spring athletic season, It doesn't make the cancellation any less sad for the athletes and their families, especially the seniors. The following is a letter from Tammy Gould, the mother of senior baseball...

Hancock County identifies its first case of COVID-19

Hancock County Health Commissioner Karim Baroudi announced at news conference this afternoon, March 22, the first case of COVID-19 in Hancock County. “We got notification from Ohio Department of Health early this morning that a 21-year-old female, a Hancock County resident, has been confirmed with COVID-19,” said Baroudi. The case sets in to motion days of planning between the City of...

Hancock County’s first case of COVID-19 is a 21- year-old woman

The following news release was posted by Hancock Public Health March 22, 2020. PRESS RELEASE- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Multiple cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in Ohio over the past several weeks and more will be identified in the coming days and weeks. In Hancock County, we have been preparing for our first identified case since we have known that community spread has begun. We can now...