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Reopening Texas Universities

Balancing higher health risks and spotty internet, reopening college in the Rio Grande Valley is a challenge

At UT-Rio Grande Valley, administrators spent a tense summer preparing for the fall semester while local coronavirus rates spiked, the area spiraled into further economic depression and debate raged across the nation about how to safely send college students back to school.

Ruben H. Martinez outside of his home in Mission on Sept. 12, 2020. Martinez plans to join the military after graduating fro…

A frightening summer

Students cross a bridge at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley campus in Brownsville.

Online classes 

Spotty internet

Ruben H. Martinez outside of his home in Mission on Sept. 12, 2020. Martinez plans to join the military after graduating fro…
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