Michael Reneau

Michael Reneau is WORLD’s deputy editor based in East Tennessee. Follow Michael on Twitter @MichaelReneau.

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Inside the outbreak: Coronavirus at college

Education | How Christian higher education responded to a pandemic
by Michael Reneau
Posted 3/17/20, 05:33 pm

Last week, with students scattered throughout Europe during spring break, administrators of Lithuania-based LCC International University scrambled. The week began with leaders hoping the 600 or so students on campus—72 percent of whom are from outside Lithuania—would stay out of Italy, a coronavirus hot zone. By week’s end, with coronavirus spreading and much of Europe locking down, they feared what would happen when students returned from places like Germany, France, Spain, and the Netherlands.

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Burning out

News analysis | A decade turns to smoke, leaving unanswered questions for a new year
by Michael Reneau
Posted 1/02/20, 09:13 am

One of the brightest stars of the night sky is fading, and scientists aren’t sure why. Since October, Betelgeuse—the right shoulder of famous constellation Orion—has continued to dim. It’s possible the star, which goes through cycles of darkening and brightening, is experiencing a particularly dim cycle. But scientists say if it continues, Betelgeuse could burn into a supernova, blazing through the firmament.

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Time for do-overs

News analysis | We all need second chances, and the news saw a fortnight full of them
by Michael Reneau
Posted 11/05/19, 11:20 am

The 1991 film City Slickers, about a trio of buddies who go on a cattle drive adventure to stave off midlife crises, is mostly fun but offers poignant moments. In one, a main character grieves the mess he’s made of his life back home, which includes adultery and losing his job. Billy Crystal’s character says to his crying friend, “You remember when we were kids, and we were playing ball, and we hit the ball over the fence out of bounds, and we yelled, ‘Do-over’? … Your life is a do-over. You’ve got a clean slate.” 

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