After San Diego State announced classes would be virtual until Feb. 7, many students received an email encouraging them to claim their free ticket to the SDSU men’s basketball game.
The students then took to social media, leaving more than 200 comments on SDSU’s Instagram. While some students were willing to sacrifice their commute to campus for a few weeks, many students called the university hypocritical.
“It makes absolutely no sense to me,” said Julia Ng, a sophomore in hearing science. “I think it is perhaps hypocritical in a way that the school only organizes events like specifically sporting events where they can enjoy it while our lessons are virtual and we still pay full fees. tuition for it.”
While some students say all events should be virtual for now, others argue that classes and events should be held in person.
“I just think it’s almost an escape because, like, yesterday, okay, we had a basketball game where there’s no problem where you can go and everybody’s there in this arena with thousands of people,” said the head of interdisciplinary studies. said Tony Shar. “Yet at university, you can’t go to class.”
The university said events at Viejas Arena will continue to take place with fans who will be required to follow strict COVID-19 protocols.
“As per state and county (and often superior) guidelines, for the 2021-22 season, all guests age two and older are required to show either proof of a completed COVID-19 vaccine series or a negative COVID-19 test from inside. the past 24 hours,” the university said in a statement. “Beginning January 18, all individuals eligible for the COVID-19 booster will also need to show proof of the booster in order to qualify as having completed the COVID-19 vaccine series.”
More details for attending Viejas Arena events can be found at GoAztecs.com.
“Going to a basketball game is actually, I think, pretty important for the student body,” said political science senior Derek Lucus. “At least getting out and spending time with the students is pretty important. But I see the double standard there where in a basketball game a lot of people are unmasked.
Aztec Nights will also continue to operate in person in an outdoor setting.
“Aztec Nights events will have a modified schedule for the start of the spring term, with events taking place January 22 and 28 from 9 p.m. to midnight,” the university said in a statement. “Events will be offered outdoors with strict COVID-19 protocols in place, including face covering and campus clearance requirements for all event attendees.”
Although SDSU has offered to refund housing money to students who choose to delay their return to on-campus housing and has made accommodations for those using a meal plan, students say that’s not enough. .
“It’s not fair you know,” Shar said. “Especially what happened in 2019, it’s like they went through full courses with no problem, no questions asked. I’m sick of it. Our parents pay a lot of money, we pay a lot of money, people out of state pay God knows how much money.
The university also announced the requirement of the COVID-19 Reminder. Students and faculty were required to upload proof of this vaccination by January 18. However, some students found the guidelines confusing for those not yet eligible to be boosted.
“We’re two years away,” Lucus said. “That should be something… we all know that. That’s the frustrating part for me, it’s like we should know. It should be easily accessible information for the entire student body. »
SDSU said in an email that more than 15,000 students, faculty and staff have submitted their recall records. Since January 19, there have been 45 students and 18 professors or staff members cases of COVID-19 on SDSU’s main campus.
“Even though the school needs the booster, which I find incredible, there are still a lot of people I know who are fully vaccinated with the booster and it’s been over two weeks with the booster and they’re still getting COVID. ,” Ng said. “It’s worrying, but I think the school handled it last semester. — managed COVID last semester — was quite effective compared to the previous year.
The Aztec Recreation Center and Love Library will also be open during virtual instruction with modified hours. ARC is expected to return to normal hours on February 7 while the library plans to return to normal hours on February 5, according to the university’s statement.
“As with many CUs, there is no specific numerical threshold or single indicator that drives decisions about temporarily shifting to virtual teaching, and, currently, an extension of this virtual window beyond a return date of February 7 is not scheduled,” the university said in a statement.
For now, students and faculty have been placed in a very familiar scenario with the March 2020 shift to online teaching.
“We are here to study. We are here to deepen ourselves. We’re here to build character and I feel like Zoom really gets in the way of that,” Shar said.