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Whitworth, Gonzaga presidents say campus reopenings are delicate balancing act

"Both Gonzaga and Whitworth enroll very bright students, but our students come from very diverse backgrounds. And what we learned in the spring was that many of our students simply were not able to succeed to the extent that they were capable, because we were in an online format," Whitworth President Beck Taylor said in an interview.

As students return to Gonzaga and Whitworth, health officer urges personal responsibility

Gonzaga and Whitworth say they have invested in COVID-19 testing, contact tracing and other measures to limit the health effects of the pandemic, but Spokane County’s health officer, Dr. Bob Lutz, says it’s inevitable that some students will become infected. He and other experts are urging students to behave responsibly, especially if they choose to socialize with peers.

What should students expect this fall? No easy answers for Washington colleges

If colleges reopen without adequate safeguards in place, they risk facilitating virus outbreaks that would endanger students, faculty and staff and be costly to get under control. But if they keep courses entirely online, they risk driving away students who expect a traditional college experience for their tuition dollars, as well as those with limited access to technology and the internet.

A Grip on Sports: It’s been a long time, but baseball finally returns tonight to set our summer right

A GRIP ON SPORTS • Baseball’s Opening Day has been a rite of passage every spring since before anyone alive today can remember. Besides the colorful bunting, the ceremonial first-pitch, the long-winded introductions, there is something more emotional, more from the heart. There is a deep and abiding sense of hope. Of promise. Of optimism. Of potential. Will those feelings still be there when the 2020 season begins tonight?