Saint Mary’s prohibits off-campus visitors for at least two weeks, places limits on informal social gatherings and off-campus travel

first_imgThis report was updated Aug. 20 at 10:05 p.m.In an email to students Thursday afternoon, interim vice president for student affairs Gloria Roldán Jenkins announced the immediate change to the visitor policy which will last at least two weeks. In addition, visitors may not visit public areas on campus grounds.“As we seek to limit exposure to the virus for students on our campus, effective immediately and for at least the next two weeks, students at Saint Mary’s may not have visitors on campus grounds,” Jenkins said. “This includes visitors from our tri-campus community, and the general external population. It also affects visits in public areas on campus grounds, including those in cars, on the nature trail, and walks on our pathways.”Though students in residence halls can continue to visit each other using the proper safety protocols, off-campus students can no longer visit students living in dorms.Jenkins also reaffirmed the College’s commitment to uphold the decisions by Notre Dame and Holy Cross to not allow Saint Mary’s visitors on their campuses. Alternative plans are in place for students who take classes outside their home campus, so they can continue their coursework virtually.“We are joining our neighbors in their endeavor to maintain a safe and healthy community by supporting their decision to not allow Saint Mary’s students to visit Notre Dame and Holy Cross College campuses for the next two weeks,” Jenkins said. “Saint Mary’s students enrolled in classes at Notre Dame and Holy Cross will participate in their classes virtually. Notre Dame and Holy Cross students who have classes at Saint Mary’s can also participate in their classes virtually.”Jenkins encouraged students to report anyone who makes them feel uncomfortable with their noncompliance to the policy via a Student Concern Form. She also warned that anyone in serious violation of new standards will face disciplinary measures, including the potential removal from the College.“Belles, while Saint Mary’s is part of a tri-campus community, we are a fully independent campus,” Jenkins said. “Our choices are our own. Because of this, we have an opportunity to take action — and limit the virus on our campus. Please do your part and hold others accountable for doing theirs.”In a second email Thursday evening, interim vice president for student affairs Gloria Roldán Jenkins announced that for at least the next two weeks, informal social gatherings will be limited to 15 people.“This does not include classroom instruction, Mass, student organization approved events and meetings or other formal student events,” Jenkins said.Jenkins went on to ask students to dramatically decrease their time off campus and only attend essential events.Jenkins referred students to the College’s Live, Learn, Work page for daily updates on positive cases.“For the protection of everyone, it is imperative that you are aware of how many positive cases there are in our College community,” Jenkins said. “Our online COVID-19 status is updated daily with the number of positive cases. This number reflects all those whose tests are conducted on campus, as well as those reported tests off campus.”Additionally, Jenkins reminded students to report all positive results to the Health and Counseling Center.“As a reminder, you must report your COVID test results to Health and Counseling by calling 574-284-4805, even if the test was conducted at a local laboratory,” Jenkins said.Tags: COVID-19, fall 2020, Gloria Jenkins, Saint Mary’s Collegelast_img read more

Americans must act to stop gun violence

first_imgThe Obama White House was fired upon — he was not in residence at the time. Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy were also assassinated. Two members of Congress were shot, but survived with the female victim suffering severe brain damage.Why is it that the powerful NRA gun lobby can’t provide any information or data on its claim that guns are needed for individuals to protect themselves by having guns? Could it be that there are no practical facts or records? The American people need to instill a backbone in our faint-hearted Congress, which always backs away from any meaningful gun control despite our ghastly record of unnecessary mass deaths by guns.The American public must demand action from their government to end these horrific mass murders by guns, otherwise the killings will never end.Benjamin Franklin wisely stated the results of inaction when he pointed out that people who behave like sheep will be devoured by the wolves.Mary Jane ValachovicNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists From 2005 to 2016, over 300,000 people were killed by guns. No other industrialized country in the world has such a tragic record.In addition, many of our presidents and leaders have been assassinated, including Lincoln, McKinley, Garfield and Kennedy. Theodore Roosevelt was shot while giving a speech. He survived because the bullet hit his metal glass case. Franklin Roosevelt was attacked while riding in an open car. The bullet missed him, but killed his passenger.President Truman’s residence was fired on by two gunmen, who killed one guard. The second guard was able to kill the attackers. President Reagan was seriously wounded, but did recover. President Ford had an attempt made on his life by a deranged woman. Gov. Wallace was shot and disabled by a lone gunman. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more