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Rising COVID Cases and What The Future May Hold

Empty Campus | Photo by Soham Parikh | Edited by Kayli Thompson | The Wright State Guardian

As the third wave of the coronavirus ravages the United States, college campuses are once again facing tough decisions on how to keep their students safe while providing the best campus experience possible.  

Student Organizations 

Student organizations have been advised to continue practicing safe social distancing measures. Jeremy Keller from the Office of Student Involvement and Leadership said that he’s been impressed with the WSU student leaders.  

“They continue to come up with new and innovative programs to keep the campus spirit alive, while still following the core mission of their organization,” said Keller.  

“This new wave of restrictions won’t have as quite big of an impact as opposed to the spring,” said President of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity Jacob Jones.

SigEp has utilized online meetings and brotherhood events all semester so they are prepared for a continuation.  

“My hope is for us to return from break in the spring semester and be able to safely participate in in-person events!” said Jones.  

Ohio and DeWine 

As cases in Ohio climbed, Gov. Mike DeWine issued a curfew beginning on Nov. 19 that will last for three weeks. The curfew dictates that between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., all Ohio citizens should make an effort to remain inside their homes.  

Bars, restaurants and other recreational venues will be closed by 10 p.m. now, and all large gatherings are prohibited during the curfew hours. Grocery stores, fast food and gas stations will remain open for citizens that need these services.  

Religious services and other first amendment protected services are exempt from this order.  

Wright State Finals 

Following the Thanksgiving break, Wright State University in-person classes will transition online for the remainder of the semester.  

In a campus wide email on Friday, Provost Douglas Leaman said that he encourages students to “please consider avoiding any large gatherings that you may normally participate in and be mindful of physically distancing yourselves from others. If you plan to celebrate the holidays with family and friends, be sure to follow safe and sensible practices while you visit.” 

Most classes will remain virtual in the spring semester as will many services and facilities on campus.