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Coming up on Connections: Friday, September 25

Sep 25, 2020

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First hour: Mark Johns and Jen Lunsford, candidates for the 135th Assembly District

Second hour: Discussing the college experience during the pandemic

We continue our series of conversations with candidates running for office. This hour, we talk with candidates for the 135th Assembly District seat. Republican incumbent Mark Johns was first elected to represent the district in 2010. His opponent, Democrat Jen Lunsford, is an attorney with Segar & Sciortino. We talk with the candidates about their platforms and priorities for the district, and they answer our questions and yours about a number of issues impacting the community. Our guests:

  • Mark Johns, Republican candidate for the 135th Assembly District
  • Jen Lunsford, Democratic candidate for the 135th Assembly District 

Then in our second hour, colleges across the country have taken a variety of approaches to addressing student safety during the pandemic. Some institutions have already shut back down and shifted to remote learning after COVID-19 cases on campus have spiked. Thursday evening, the Washington Post published a piece on virus prevention efforts at colleges, and it raised the question of if those efforts will "get trashed by a few student parties." According to the piece, some college leaders have dropped by bars to hand out masks to students, while others have shut down parties or kicked out students for violating rules. This hour, we talk with local students about the college experience during the pandemic. What's it like to live and learn on – or off – campus this semester? Our guests weigh in:

  • LaTivia McCowan, junior majoring in theater at the University of Rochester 
  • Hernan Sanchez Garcia, senior majoring in history and English at the University of Rochester 
  • Jared King, freshman majoring in game design at Finger Lakes Community College 
  • Emmarae Stein, senior majoring in communications and history at Nazareth College