Category: Coronavirus

COVID-19

Emory Can and Should Reopen. Here’s Why.

On July 17, Emory announced that it will prohibit most students from living on campus this fall. The conversation about whether universities should reopen, thus, could not be more relevant. But one thing is clear: fully-remote education (with limited exceptions for first-year courses and advanced labs) will further impair student learning. It is wholly unnecessary [...]

Return to the Pandemic’s Epicenter or Lose Academic Credit? Emory Forced Me to Choose.

Decisions concerning one’s health and safety are enormously personal. As individuals, we deserve to make them ourselves after considering health-related advice and information from those with relevant expertise. Universities have no place making these choices for us, but when COVID-19 took the world by storm, Emory nevertheless did so when they directed me to leave [...]

Returning to Campus Warrants Grave Caution

After many local and state governments nationwide reopened their economies in early June, California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently rolled back such efforts in 30 counties, a move mirrored by other hard-hit states, including Florida and Texas. Although cases have been rising rapidly in Georgia, warranting new reversal policies, in Gov. Brain Kemp’s address this Wednesday, [...]

Dear Dooley, Please Make Emory Go Online

Dear Dooley, How are you? I hope you’re safe in the middle of this pandemic. I guess it would be difficult for a skeleton to catch the virus, though. It’s a fortunate time to be an immortal spirit, eh? As for the rest of us mortals, this pandemic has changed our lives completely. Traveling, socializing [...]

Reopening Campus Prioritizes Money Over Lives

When you live in Georgia, a state in which the government has published false COVID-19 incidence data, and your family and friends back home in New York City haunt you with the mantra, “death looms over the city,” you become cynical. Skepticism of the government, your communities and even your family and closest friends outlasts [...]

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OPINION

Emory Can and Should Reopen. Here’s Why.

On July 17, Emory announced that it will prohibit most students from living on campus this fall. The conversation about whether universities should reopen, thus, could not be more relevant. But one thing is clear: fully-remote education (with limited exceptions for first-year courses and advanced labs) will further impair student learning. It is wholly unnecessary [...]

Return to the Pandemic’s Epicenter or Lose Academic Credit? Emory Forced Me to Choose.

Decisions concerning one’s health and safety are enormously personal. As individuals, we deserve to make them ourselves after considering health-related advice and information from those with relevant expertise. Universities have no place making these choices for us, but when COVID-19 took the world by storm, Emory nevertheless did so when they directed me to leave [...]

Returning to Campus Warrants Grave Caution

After many local and state governments nationwide reopened their economies in early June, California Gov. Gavin Newsom recently rolled back such efforts in 30 counties, a move mirrored by other hard-hit states, including Florida and Texas. Although cases have been rising rapidly in Georgia, warranting new reversal policies, in Gov. Brain Kemp’s address this Wednesday, [...]

Dear Dooley, Please Make Emory Go Online

Dear Dooley, How are you? I hope you’re safe in the middle of this pandemic. I guess it would be difficult for a skeleton to catch the virus, though. It’s a fortunate time to be an immortal spirit, eh? As for the rest of us mortals, this pandemic has changed our lives completely. Traveling, socializing [...]

Reopening Campus Prioritizes Money Over Lives

When you live in Georgia, a state in which the government has published false COVID-19 incidence data, and your family and friends back home in New York City haunt you with the mantra, “death looms over the city,” you become cynical. Skepticism of the government, your communities and even your family and closest friends outlasts [...]

To Return or Not to Return? Students Ambivalent Over In-Person Fall Term

On June 11, Outgoing President Claire Sterk and President-elect Gregory Fenves answered the question that loomed over students since the campus closure in March: Will Emory reopen for the fall? They answered yes, with restrictions. Now the question becomes, is returning worth it?  With a myriad of restrictions planned for the fall, students are uncertain [...]

Fall Study Abroad Students Left in Dark Over Housing

Residence Life and Housing Operations, Eleonore Raoul Hall. /Jason Oh. Following Emory’s cancellation of Fall 2020 study abroad programs on May 10, some students that were planning on studying abroad have struggled to secure on-campus housing, disappointed over the lack of guidance from the University.  “I have literally gotten zero guidance from Emory,” Isha Soni [...]

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