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"News12 featured Brian Anderson, Pace’s director of Emergency Management and Environmental Health and Safety in "Gov. Cuomo pushes colleges, universities in state to give more COVID-19 tests

02/22/2021

"News12 featured Brian Anderson, Pace’s director of Emergency Management and Environmental Health and Safety in "Gov. Cuomo pushes colleges, universities in state to give more COVID-19 tests

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is pushing for colleges and universities in the state to give more COVID-19 tests so that they can stay open.

He says with more testing, he hopes students won't have to flip-flop on a whim between in-person and remote learning.

Pace University, like other local colleges, let all students back on campus last semester. But just before the holidays, Pace switched to completely remote classes because of an uptick in cases.

For this spring semester, Pace ramped up its testing from 25% to the majority of students.

Under Cuomo's new guidelines, colleges and universities that test at least 25% of people on-campus will not be required to shut down as long as their positivity rate isn't over 5% throughout the course of two weeks.

A shutdown means only online classes, dining halls switch to take out only and no sports or in-person extracurricular activities.

Colleges and universities that test less than 25% of their population must shut down if more than 100 people, or 5%, are positive over the course of two weeks.

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News12 featured Pace alumn Maral Javadifar and Pace basketball coach Carrie Seymour in "Former Pace University woman's basketball player looks to make history at Super Bowl"

02/04/2021

News12 featured Pace alumn Maral Javadifar and Pace basketball coach Carrie Seymour in "Former Pace University woman's basketball player looks to make history at Super Bowl"

For just the second time in history, the Super Bowl sidelines will feature a female coach and this year, there are ties to Westchester County.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers assistant strength and conditioning coach Maral Javadifar has always been inspired by those who have broken barriers, namely her mother, who fled war-torn Iran in the 1980s. “It's quite the journey for her to not be able to attend sporting events or have as many opportunities. For her and my father, they really did whatever they could to afford me the opportunities to embrace each of those journeys," says Javadifar.

Before her life in football, Javadifar was a basketball player at Pace University. Despite tearing her ACL in her senior year of high school, she played at Pace - where she discovered her true passion: physical therapy. “When Maral first came in, she was an accounting major. It didn't take her long to change to biology. She really enjoyed physical therapy, she really respected physical therapists,” says Pace women's basketball head coach Carrie Seymour.

After completing her biology degree, she got her doctorate in physical therapy. “Within that whole process, I was shadowing strength coaches and training to separate myself from others,” says Javadifar.

Eventually it all paid off, and now she's coaching for a Super Bowl contender. And while she has been fortunate enough to be a pioneer for women in her industry, her hope is that this soon becomes the norm. "I do look forward to the day that it's no longer newsworthy. And I hope we get to a point where all people are afforded equal opportunities to work in professional sports."

If the Bucs win on Sunday, Javadifar would be the first woman coach to help a team hoist the Lombardi trophy, adding to her already impressive resume.

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News12 featured Haub Law Professor Bennett Gershman in "Trump issues more than 140 pardons, sentence commutations in last hours as president"

01/21/2021

News12 featured Haub Law Professor Bennett Gershman in "Trump issues more than 140 pardons, sentence commutations in last hours as president"

Donald Trump issued pardons to hundreds of people – including several from the region – but he did not pardon family members. Haub Law Professor Bennett Gershman speaks with News12 about Trump pardons, and suspects that he did not pardon family members because he didn’t want to taint them with the suggestion that they did something wrong; pardons may have done more harm than good, he says.

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News12 featured Pace director of athletics Mark Brown in "Pace Athletics Director Mark Brown Discusses Safety, Environmental Conditions, in Wake of NE10 Decision"

01/19/2021

News12 featured Pace director of athletics Mark Brown in "Pace Athletics Director Mark Brown Discusses Safety, Environmental Conditions, in Wake of NE10 Decision"

Because of the pandemic most college fall sports took it on the chin last year and were canceled. Pace University in Pleasantville was one of them. Last month, the Northeast 10 conference scraped all winter sports competition, leading the Setters out in the cold. Pace director of athletics Mark Brown says the decision not to play is an off the court issue. “The environmental conditions in our region are such that university presidents are just really concerned as they always are about the safety of our community trying to transport students all over New England to play … “

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News12 featured Political Science Professor Kiku Huckle in "The President is unfit’: Calls grow to invoke 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office"

01/08/2021

News12 featured Political Science Professor Kiku Huckle in "The President is unfit’: Calls grow to invoke 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office"

That would allow them to declare President Trump unfit for office and Pence would then become acting President for the final two weeks of their term. But for that to happen, the vice president would not only need to be on board but would also need a majority of the president's cabinet officials to agree the he is unfit for office in order to seize power from him. "The president can counter and say, 'No, I'm actually fine' and if he does submit that statement in writing, he maintains power of the presidency. The vice president and the Cabinet can re-counter and say, 'No, we actually believe you are unfit,’" says Pace University Professor Kiku Huckle. 

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News12 featured Pace University in "SUNY aims to keep students safe as they head home for holidays"

11/18/2020

News12 featured Pace University in "SUNY aims to keep students safe as they head home for holidays"

Pace University is ramping up testing and highly recommending everyone get it done on campus, for free, before leaving for the holiday.

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