Campus facilities change for COVID

By Katie PetersCo-Editor-in-Chief

Blue tape is stuck in an X formation across the bookshelves on the second floor of the Brennen Library to deter students from touching the books.
Photo by Katie Peters.

As the semester progresses and COVID-19 cases on campus stay low, most facilities and services on campus are now available for resident students, some for commuter and online students.

Resident and commuter students were welcomed back to the Athletic Center and Edwards Gym on September 21 and McClelland Gym on September 30. Reservations can be made on Laser Pride for 45-minute time slots to work out at a specific station. Upon check-in, students must wear a mask and show that they are “cleared” on CoVerified.

“People have been good about signing up for their reservations,” says Director of Athletics Kristy Walter. “We’re trying to get the word out that if you sign up for something you should go or cancel it so it becomes available for someone else.”

The opening of these facilities came a couple weeks after school started to allow faculty to safely set up the gyms. Cardio machines have been moved to the track in the Athletic Center to achieve proper social distancing. Only six people are allowed in the smaller two gyms at once and students are asked to sanitize machines they used after each use. There is a 15-minute time slot between each session for student-workers to ensure proper cleaning.

Brennen Library has been open for resident and commuter students to use in its entirety, with some added safety guidelines. Blue tape covers the bookshelves to deter students from pulling books off shelves themselves. Masks must be worn, eating isprohibited, many computers are disabled to ensure social distancing, and study rooms only allow three people. Online students are able to access library resources and contact librarians remotely, but are unable to be in Brennen Library.

Senior library student-worker Ruth Kehinde says the atmosphere in the library is different this semester. “In other semesters there was over 20 people in the library every single day. Nowadays, we’re even lucky if we have five or more,” she said.

Cardio machines are now located on the track in the Athletic Center to maintain social distancing.
Photo by Katie Peters.

Other facilities on campus, such as The Academic Achievement Center (AAC) and The Career Development Center (CDC), are open virtually to all students as well. The AAC is available for tutoring from both professionals and students. Appointments are held using Microsoft Teams. The CDC is available for career advising and will be periodically hosting Zoom workshops throughout the semester on Handshake. Appointments for both the AAC and CDC can be made on Starfish.

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