In case you were not able to follow-up all of the news this past week, here’s a summary:
An investigation done by Pulso Estudiantil shows that many students did not continue their studies amidst the pandemic
Due to COVID-19, the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) and other universities in Puerto Rico had to recur to the online modality for this semester. Many students did not have the resources, nor materials necessary for online classes, therefore, they had to stop their academic studies, revealed a poll by Pulso Estudiantil.
Students gave their testimonies on the trouble they went through last semester when the universities decided to go online.
UPR students warn that the Department of Justice keeps a record of people’s cybernetic presence
The five students of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Río Piedras Campus, who are currently facing criminal charges for interrupting a private meeting in 2017, warned that the Department of Justice keeps a record of almost 3,000 users’ cybernetic presence without their knowledge, nor consent.
The UPR’s alumnus demanded that the Department of Justice release the list of names of the people they have on the records.
The UPR announces that they will be distributing materials to students and professors to assist the online classes.
Last Wednesday, the president of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR), Jorge Haddock Acevedo, announced that the institution will be handing out economic aid relieves and technological equipment to professors, students, and administrative personnel to help them during the semester.
According to Haddock Acevedo, the capital will be taken from a 50 percent of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES Act) federal funding received in March.
Artistic organizations urge a state of emergency
The state of emergency is urged due to the rise of domestic violence during the pandemic. The artistic organizations Teatro Público and Falso Mutis had a virtual conversation exhorting other artists to join the demand and brainstorm ideas to help deal with the situation.
Students of the UPR Río Piedras participate in the Rincón International Film Festival
Two short films written and produced by students of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) Río Piedras Campus were part of the selection for the Rincón International Film Festival.
The short films titled “400 pétalos” and “Antes de la fiesta” were created as a project for the courses Film Production I and Film Production II taught at the School of Public Communications at the UPR Río Piedras.