Thousands of Indonesian students in the United States are in limbo following a Trump administration policy that requires foreign students to leave the country if their schools move classes entirely online in response to the COVID-19 crisis.The Trump administration, through its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, announced the rule last week for holders of certain student visas if their courses went fully online in the fall. In the US, the first semester of the school year often begins in early September and runs until mid-December.“As we know, with the US government recently issuing the new policy regarding foreign students, basically, international students in the US cannot take a fully online set of courses and, instead, must have in-person classes or mixed classes,” Foreign Ministry director for citizen protection Judha Nugraha said last week. He said all six Indonesian representative offices in the US had assured the nation’s students that the Indonesian government would protect them.“Our representatives have also coordinated with various campuses regarding the US policy, including [exploring] the possibility of holding face-to-face or hybrid classes,” Judha said.The new ICE policy exempts students at schools with full-time, in-person instruction, as well as most students attending schools with a mixed curriculum of in-person and online learning, provided those programs are approved by ICE, Reuters reported.While there are fewer Indonesian international students in the US than those from other countries, American education remains an attractive option for Indonesian students seeking an education abroad. The US has consistently been in the top five most favored destinations for Indonesian students, along with Australia, the United Kingdom, Singapore and China.Alvinsyah A. Pramono, the chair of the Indonesian Students Association in the United States (Permias), said the new policy had taken everyone by surprise, forcing all representative offices, including the education and culture attaché, to seek clarification from US government agencies, particularly ICE, and campuses.“This policy has confused everyone. However, so far we have not seen any immediate action because, from the data we have obtained, most campuses have opted to have hybrid systems, meaning they will conduct some in-person lectures,” he said.Most of the 117 universities Permias surveyed have decided to use a combination of online and in-person classes to meet the requirements for the new school year this fall.Seventy-six schools confirmed that they would have hybrid systems, while 6 others had decided to hold classes entirely in person. Three institutions – Harvard University, Vanderbilt University and San Joaquin Delta College – are moving fully online for the semester, while the remaining 32 have not made a decision and will give further notice about their policies at a later time, the survey found.Despite assurances from most universities that they would use a mixed system, fears linger that policies will change along the way, as the US continues to report record-breaking daily increases in COVID-19 cases.Infections are rising in about 40 states, and the country broke global records by logging about 60,000 new cases a day in the four days prior to Sunday, Reuters reported.Alvin said some campuses that had previously opted for hybrid systems were now considering moving entirely online after the US holiday of Thanksgiving in November in anticipation of a second wave of outbreaks.“This means that if the new regulation is still in place, Permias and the Indonesian representative offices have at least three months to prepare contingency plans,” Alvin said.According to Permias data, 4,461 Indonesian university students are currently in the US, but the number affected could be higher if the regulation includes exchange students and students taking short courses in the US.Alvin, citing the latest update from the Indonesian Embassy, lamented the fact that ICE had yet to develop clear procedures on what would happen to students whose schools had moved entirely online.“We are not clear about this because [ICE] is also depending on the grace period,” he said.The grace period allows students to stay in the US for 60 days after they graduate, which will allow them to take care of certain things, including changing their visa status if they want to work in the country. Students who decide not to finish their studies get a 15-day grace period, while students who are expelled do not have a grace period.Some universities that previously announced they would move most of their 2020 classes online, including Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, filed a lawsuit in federal court on Wednesday, asking a judge to temporarily block the rule and invalidate it, Reuters reported. They argued in the lawsuit that the new policy threw their operations, and the operations of “virtually all of higher education in the United States”, into chaos.Topics :
California fired Wyking Jones last week after only two seasons in which the Bears went 16-47 overall and 5-31 in conference, finishing last twice. Nebraska, Fred Hoiberg talking Cornhuskers job, report says Fired after last season, Fox led Georgia to two NCAA Tournament appearances in nine seasons during which his teams were 163–133. Related News California is negotiating with former Georgia coach Mark Fox to become the Pac-12 school’s next head coach, according to multiple reports that cite unidentified sources.According to CBS Sports, Cal and Fox are “in the final stages of negotiations.” He also led Nevada to three NCAA Tournament appearances in five seasons in Reno.
Editor’s note â€” The following is a story that was written by Craig Hagerman of the Toronto Observer which was posted on March 5. Tyler Ybarra is a Wellington High School graduate.Â DUNEDIN, FLA. – Baseball means the world to Tyler Ybarra, but for the Toronto Blue Jays minor leaguer, his family means the universe.The 24-year-old left-hander has wanted to be a big-league pitcher ever since he was just four years old, but a leave of absence two years after he was selected in the 43rd round of the 2008 draft put those dreams on hold.In 2010, Ybarra made one of the toughest decisions of his life when he walked away from the game of baseball to be with his family.â€œI was young, I was about 19 years old then and a lot of things were happening around me in terms of life and growing up, and then my family hit a rough patch,â€ says Ybarra.Though he refrained from getting into specifics, the son of a former Cincinnati Reds fifth-round pick believes that the decision to take a step back from baseball was really important to him, and really helped to put the game that he loves into perspective.â€œIt was a year that looking back, Iâ€™m glad I did it,â€ says the Wellington, KS native. â€œI grew up a lot through that year and it made me realize how much I appreciate the game of baseball. Missing 18 months of it straight; getting back to it was a real good time. It was a real humbling experience.â€During the time that the teenager left it all behind, he lived life as a normal 19-year-old.â€œI was completely away for the majority of it,â€ he says. â€œI was working a regular job [from] 9 to 6; I was staying pretty busy.â€For Ybarra, it seems like the decision paid off tenfold. The time off didnâ€™t seem to slow him down, as after returning to the rookie class Bluefield Blue Jays in 2011 the pitcher played some of his best ball to date. Torontoâ€™s farmhand put up a 2-0 record in 46 innings while striking out 54 batters.The fastball-heavy pitcher credits this success on the mound to his new outlook on baseball.â€œI quit taking the game for granted,â€ he says. â€œI showed up to work every day with a positive attitude. I came back thinking, â€˜If Iâ€™m going to do it Iâ€™m going to go 100 per cent and let the ball fall wherever.â€™â€In November, the family that Ybarra holds so dear grew by one more as he welcomed the birth of his first child, a beautiful baby girl.â€œShe was kind of the focal point of my whole entire off-season and I really enjoyed that,â€ says the new dad. â€œBeing a father is probably the most proud and exciting thing thatâ€™s ever happened to me. And I try to spend as much time with her as I can.â€Being with the organization since 2008 and most recently playing with the Dunedin Blue Jays of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, Ybarra calls Dunedin his second home, but for the family man, Kansas is where he likes to be.â€œBack home in Kansas, my whole family stays there,â€ he says. â€œIâ€™m a big family guy so I like to get back there.â€ Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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You already did Wellington Proud…Great Story thanks for sharing on the cow. Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Big Dave · 335 weeks ago Proud of you Tyler, I’ve seen you change a lot over the years. Keep on keeping on Report Reply 0 replies · active 335 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mary Tucker · 333 weeks ago Awesome story Ty…I am extremely proud of you! You have come full circle and sounds like life is good to you! Love you sweetie! Mary Tucker Report Reply 0 replies · active 333 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. 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