• Education

    Education Secretary Betsy Devos calls student debt forgiveness ‘a truly insidious notion’ and free college ‘a socialist takeover’

    Outgoing Education Secretary Betsy DeVos presented a spirited defense of her record after four years and skewered proposals from progressive politicians related to student debt cancellation and free college at the virtual 2020 Federal Student Aid (FSA) Training Conference on Tuesday. “After nearly four years on the job, I want to take a few moments to reflect on the remarkable transformations that we led at FSA in recent years,” DeVos said at the beginning of the keynote speech, “and then discuss what still needs to be done for students.” Read more: How to repay student loans: The full breakdown ‘A socialist takeover of higher education’ DeVos took aim at proposals…

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  • Exchange Student

    Former Weyburn exchange student updates club

    A former exchange student from France, Liza Biard, visited the Weyburn Rotary Club as part of their Zoom meeting, and updated members on her activities. (Liza is shown in this photo from October, celebrating her 20th birthday). She was in Weyburn for a year-long program as a student at the Weyburn Comprehensive about three years ago, including participating with the Crocus 80 youth theatre group who performed at the Theatre Saskatchewan provincial theatre festival hosted in Weyburn. Originally from Lorient, France, she noted she is living in another city in her second year of taking university courses. She has not yet decided on specialty courses yet, so her subjects are…

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    Wisconsin state parks admission pass, designed by RLHS foreign exchange student, to go on sale Dec. 1 | Outdoors

    The 2021 Wisconsin State Parks admission sticker goes on sale Dec. 1. The sticker was designed by Rice Lake High School foreign exchange student Emma Džurbanová. High school teacher Roger Britton instructed every student in a graphic design class to come up with a design for the contest. Džurbanová’s winning design depicts a cross-country skier heading down a trail. The stickers provides access to more than 60 parks, forests, and recreation areas across the state. All vehicles entering state parks and recreation areas require an admission sticker, while some state forest and trail parking areas also require a sticker. “We are excited to offer annual admission passes online this year…

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  • Exchange Student

    Impressions of Meeker from a foreign exchange student | Rio Blanco Herald Times

    Lea Knapp is an exchange student from South Tyrol, Italy. MEEKER | Meeker remains relatively undiscovered so it’s always interesting to hear an outsider’s point of view about their impression of the community. At the high school this year we have two foreign exchange students; this week we’ll hear from Lea Knapp from Italy.  Lea is staying with Blaine and Ann Franklin this year. Knapp is from a small village in northern Italy called South Tyrol. Tyrol, like Meeker, is surrounded by nature and is a popular destination for hiking, skiing and biking. The abundance of nature we have here makes her feel more at home in Meeker. Because of…

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    UBC Vancouver campus’ student housing occupancy at 44{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}

    With classes largely being held online, the student housing occupancy at the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus is currently hovering at just 44{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}. UBC Vancouver currently has about 12,000 student beds, and normally they cannot keep up with demand as there is an annual waitlist in excess of 6,000 students. There are currently 585 first-year students living in student housing, which represents a 13{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} occupancy. Another 570 students in housing on campus are in their upper-year and graduate studies, which is a 23{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1} occupancy. The Vancouver campus also has 5,400 year-round student housing spaces, which are currently at a high occupancy rate of 88{c25493dcd731343503a084f08c3848bd69f9f2f05db01633325a3fd40d9cc7a1}. Many students call these residences…

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    Rotary district reviewing student exchange program

    The foreign student exchange program has been a staple of Rotary Club activities for many years, but as it’s disrupted this year by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary District 5550 is taking the opportunity to review the program. Most every year since 1975, the Weyburn Rotary Club has hosted an exchange student, sometimes two, with Judy Edwards of Australia the first one to come stay in the community and attend the Weyburn Comprehensive School. This past year, Weyburn had had a student from Sweden, Kat Weinhold, and she had to return home early due to the worldwide lockdowns caused by the pandemic. (The photos above show some of the students…

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