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Overwhelmed? Here's Help for Students, Faculty, and Staff - UNLV NewsCenter Overwhelmed? Here's Help for Students, Faculty, and Staff - UNLV NewsCenter Posted: 23 Nov 2020 09:21 AM PST Over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty and staff have worried over their students' wellbeing, not always knowing how to help or where to suggest students go when the strain seems to affect their academic success. "UNLV students are presenting to Student Counseling and Psychological Services for mental health services with increased symptoms of anxiety and depression," said Shauna Landis, director of student counseling and psychological services.  Although statistics for UNLV students were not immediately available, Landis said student visits to CAPS seems to track with national data. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , 40 percent of American adults surveyed in June 2020 reported experien

College Football Playoff committee tells Mike Pence students need to return to campus before season starts - USA TODAY

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Nothing that came out of Wednesday's conference call between Vice President Mike Pence and the College Football Playoff management committee changes the bottom line for this fall: If colleges and universities aren’t open to students, it will be very difficult for the season to start on time. 

That was part of the message the group relayed to Pence, according to American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco, who told USA TODAY Sports that the White House-initiated conversation was much appreciated by college sports stakeholders as they make various contingency plans for the season. 

“It was a good call,” said Aresco, who was one of the 10 conference commissioners on the call, along with Notre Dame athletics director Jack Swarbrick. “He talked about how important college sports were to the country, and we discussed how college sports were different from pro sports. We don’t have czars. We’re a national enterprise, but we’ll have local issues as we go forward. He seemed optimistic about some things and he asked us what we’d need to do if things were to re-open down the road.” 

Still, it appears that a consensus has formed among athletics officials that the first step toward restarting college football will be universities opening their doors. The optics of having football players on campus when it is deemed unsafe for other students to be there would not just be bad, it would potentially undercut the argument that college sports are tethered to education. 

“If things are all virtual and if you can’t have kids on campus, can you justify the risks of having athletes on campus?” Aresco said. “We’re an extension of the educational system. You can argue if things are virtual and you can quarantine or isolate teams, is that feasible? I have no idea and I’m not going to venture an opinion on that at this point, but I’m not sure if it’s feasible. Right now, schools haven’t made that decision but we were happy that he reached out and appreciate the work he’s doing.” 

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