On April 22, Earth Day is celebrated around the globe as a way to honor Mother Earth, and to show support for environmental protection. The holiday was first held in the 1970s, and has since become an annual commemoration celebrated by nearly 1 billion people in over 90 countries.
Since Monmouth readjusted their Spring schedule due to COVID-19 travel and safety rules, students only had two “Spring Break” days this semester; one Monday in March and one Friday in April. With the absence of an actual seven-day long Spring Break, this left many Monmouth students disappointed. One student even orchestrated a petition to get Monmouth officials to change their minds in hopes of offering Monmouth a full week-long spring break.
As COVID-19 vaccines become more accessible to the general population, some universities have announced a requirement for upcoming fall students to be vaccinated.
On Feb. 22nd, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the legalization of cannabis for both medical use and recreational use. On March 18, Mary Anne Nagy, Vice President for Student Life and Leadership Engagement, sent out an email to all Monmouth University students regarding the new legalization of non-medical marijuana for people age 21 and older. The email stated that the University will not permit the use of marijuana on campus or at University-owned properties. The email also mentioned that the University is subject to the Federal Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act.
With the world slowly opening up again due to COVID-19 vaccinations, people realize it has been a while since they were around large groups of people, like during concerts. The idea of going to concerts again not only excites people, but scares them too.
Students had to make the unexpected change to online learning last year. Online learning is broken down into two types of classes: synchronous, where students meet at a certain time on a certain day; and asynchronous, where students do the work as they please as long as it is submitted by the deadline. In synchronous courses, students meet with their class in real time and engage in a semi-normal classroom interaction.
It’s been a full year since the University, and the world for that matter, shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the pandemic seemingly being on its last legs, some editors still worry for their job prospects after graduation.
With the changes students have experienced during the COVID-19 pandemic, it begs the question: are students being overworked?
Halfway through our third COVID-riddled semester, conversation on adapting to the new remote formats is often centered on the students. It makes sense, but professors have had trouble adapting too. Logging into a Zoom call is one thing, but setting them up and coordinating with students is a whole new beast for many faculty.
The COVID-19 vaccines have been rolling out since Dec. 14, and there has been a constant debate about whether people want to receive it yet.