Answering long-standing questions about the COVID-19 vaccine

In this podcast, Collin Frazier talks to UF's Dr. Robert Charvat, a microbiologist and expert on infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance. Transcription of the audio is provided below. Collin (00:01): Hey everyone. I'm Collin Frazier, the secretary of the University of Findlay Digital Media Club and writer for The Pulse. Today, I'm joined with Dr. Robert Charvat, assistant professor of...

Ohio public, private university vaccine and mask mandates

By: Leah Alsept alseptl@findlay.edu @l_mac0913 The database below will have updated information as time goes on The Ohio State University began its fall semester with two huge public safety announcements relating to COVID-19. On Aug. 2, the school announced that masks would be required by all individuals in an indoor setting regardless of vaccination status on all of their campuses. Vaccinated...

UF Athletics encouraging, but not mandating vaccinations for student athletes

By: Collin Frazier frazierc@findlay.edu @Collin_53 UF Athletic Director Brandi Laurita says they are encouraging athletes to get the vaccine and providing them with factual medical information As the sports season kicks off, Oiler Nation along with the rest of the country are still in the midst of a pandemic, even with vaccinations available. This pandemic can have an effect on student-athletes...

Hoping for a vaccinated Oiler Nation

By: Leah Alsept alseptl@findlay.edu @l_mac0913 UF is ready to give vaccines to Oilers once dosages come in Ohioans 16 and older can now get the coronavirus vaccine, according to DeWine’s updated vaccine eligibility plan. “Phase 2D” states that older teens and young adults are able to be vaccinated beginning March 29. A full list of vaccine providers is available on the Ohio Department of...

Young and healthy Americans may not get vaccinated until summer or beyond

By: Lauren Wolters  woltersl@findlay.edu Young Americans are at a standstill for getting vaccines— they can’t stand in line to get one just yet The question of when young and healthy Americans will be able to get vaccinated for COVID-19 remains unanswered.  With the recent shift of power from former President Donald Trump to current President Joe Biden, the...

UF prepares for in person classes with mandatory COVID-19 testing

By: Emma Smith smithe11@findlay.edu Plenty of coronavirus tests have made it to the University of Findlay's campus, but Oilers will have to wait for vaccines Face-to-face classes started at the University of Findlay on Tuesday, but before students were allowed to be in class, they were required to take a rapid COVID-19 test to ensure safety when returning to campus. Even with testing, students...

UF responds to a virtual spring semester

By: Lauren Wolters  woltersl1@findlay.edu Oilers face the first week of the spring semester fully online  The University of Findlay kicked off its spring semester a little differently for the new year. For the first time ever, the first week of classes occurred completely remotely. In other words, the usual introductions and syllabus-run-throughs...

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 policies 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 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...