News Clips for May 1, 2020

University of Utah conducts virtual commencement for 8,628 graduates

On Thursday evening, 8,628 new graduates of the University of Utah may have donned their real caps and gowns and regalia, but the walks they made across a stage to take hold of the 9,280 degrees they earned were limited to the realm of the imaginary.

U. fetes class of 2020 in first-ever virtual ceremony

‘The rest of your life is not a spectator sport. Your job in life is to be an active player, to make the world a better place,’ commencement speaker John Warnock, co-founder of software giant Adobe, tells grads.

Looking for a job? These Utah grocery stores and restaurants are hiring

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit in mid-March, at least 150,00 Utahns have filed for unemployment benefits.

What to do online this week: Watch Utah local theater, take art classes, take behind-the-scenes aquarium tour

Venues throughout Utah have shut down to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but there are many events that you can still participate in from home. Here are some of the virtual events going on in the community this week.

Coronavirus closures cause some Salt Lake County residents to travel for hair care

Ashlenne Sperber wanted to feel normal. As a nursing student at the University of Utah, Sperber’s schoolwork had moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A formal stay-at-home order was in place in Salt Lake County. And she’s just a few months away from transferring to Weber State University, which will involve a move of about 40 miles amid the outbreak. She was beginning to struggle with all the uncertainty.

Utah researchers look to the sewage system to better track coronavirus

As many doctors try to find new medications to help treat COVID-19 across the country, some researchers at the University of Utah are trying to find new ways to track it and destroy it. Their coronavirus research is taking them to some terribly messy places, like sewage.

Salt Lake City's mayor announces plans to redesign the city's flag

Utah's Capital City will redesign its oft-derided flag. Mayor Erin Mendenhall issued a call on Friday for a redesign of Salt Lake City's flag. In an interview with FOX 13, she said many city residents have felt the flag is lacking. So a commission is being set up to take submissions and utilizing the best advice from vexillologists (people who are experts on flags).

Libraries Adapt amid Crisis

COVID-19 and the novel corona­virus have upended our way of life and altered the way we as library professionals do our work. Of course, it has also impacted the American Library Association in profound ways.