Monday, August 24, 2020

Welcome Back

Today marks the first day of classes at the University of Utah and the start of a semester like no other. 

You might be surprised to learn that nobody currently at the University of Utah, including us old timers, worked at the University of Utah during the Spanish Flu pandemic.  Even still, the world has changed a lot since then, so I think it is safe to say that Fall semester will be unique and unprecedented.  

I've posted frequently over the past few months about delusional administrators and their plans for reopening.  We have already seen outbreaks at other Universities that have had to shift online.  The University of Utah has adjusted its plans during the summer to a greater percentage of online classes, which I was glad to see.  I have concerns in other areas, such as testing and transparency, which seems to lag behind institutions like the University of Illinois, which is now testing thousands of people a day for free and providing information on positivity rate on campus.  

I hope we will get better information than we did on Friday when we were told "a handful" of students tested positive in the dorms.  Voids in information are filled with misinformation, so let's hope greater detail is provided today and as we move forward.  

To the students, reach out if you need anything, whether it be a question on class material or just the need to talk to someone.  The University of Utah offers some of the best outdoor recreation available at an institute of higher education.  Take advantage and make new friends as you explore the area around campus.  

We will get through this together.  

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