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The first day of the semester should be one of the year’s busiest, but it is immediately clear at St. Thomas University that something is badly wrong.

Apart from a sprinkling of students chatting near the entrance, the grounds are eerily quiet — the atmosphere seems more like that of a retirement home than a bustling city campus. Footsteps echo off the walls of empty corridors. Students huddle around professors at the front of nearly empty classrooms.

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