Michael Kranyak is departing from the University following his recent appointment to interim director of campus safety eight weeks ago. UP has not announced Kranyak’s successor, yet ensures that the officers will be working to maintain Campus Safety’s role on campus regardless. “The high priority placed on providing a safe campus environment will not change,” Vice President for Marketing and Communications Michael Lewellen said in an email to The Beacon. “Our officers are equipped with the tools and training necessary to maintain a secure UP community.”
Shipstad Hall is closing its doors for the 2023-2024 school year in order to make a variety of renovations. Built in 1967, Shipstad Hall has had its fair share of structural problems in recent years, with flooding occurring in 2021, 2022 and even as far back as 2017. Additionally, the Office of Residence Life is looking to update the building with a new elevator alongside structural and aesthetic updates to make the hall a better place for students to live.
When the senior class of nursing students began the program in 2019, they didn’t expect their time in nursing school to coincide with a world-wide pandemic. But, since then, the landscape of healthcare changed as we know it, and that still seems to be the case. The COVID-19 pandemic saw an uptick in hospitalizations as well as burnout in healthcare workers — leaving many hospitals across the United States short-staffed. For nursing students, the crisis has its benefits, but that doesn't minimize the negatives.