Students move into the dorms

Sofia Rositani Arts & Entertainment Editor

A typical move-in day is a busy and exciting day for students, but this year it looked a bit different. 

Due to COVID-19, move-in was staggered and socially distant.

Instead of moving in on Aug. 24, students had to move their belongings in from Aug. 17- 21. So, the only things students moved in were their essentials on Aug. 24 and 25. 

All residence halls have been secured with social distancing measures and sanitizing areas. Students are required to wear mask in the hall unless they are in their room. For residence halls, no guests are permitted unless they are residents themselves.  

On Aug. 21, President Joe Bertolino, sent out an email about COVID-19 cases on campus and how they are preventing the spread of the virus. 

“As part of this planning, residential students were required to submit a negative COVID-19 test taken within the two weeks prior to moving on campus,” said Bertolino in the email. 

Communication disorders major Malisa Khamphouy, a sophomore, said she thought the university did a very good job with the safety protocols such as wearing a mask and keeping everything sanitized. 

“I feel that it’s going to be good for them because being able to get out of their house, especially first year students, and they will get an experience living by themselves.” Khamphouy said.

While Khamphouy thinks the school is doing well with these procedures she thinks the school may shut down earlier than expected due to what is happening at other universities, such as Western Connecticut State University.  

According to communications major, Leo Palumberi, a junior, move in day was “well organized” and very professional.

“I feel like changes might have needed to be made because of in light of other schools the problems they are having, but things still have been taken well care of,” Palumberi said.  

Marketing and communications major Domonique Taylor, a senior, said that online classes are not for her.  

“I am a hands-on learner,” said Taylor, “and I don’t really care for online classes so it’s kind of been a struggle for me.”

Even though there has not been a huge spike in COVID-19 cases on campus yet, Palumberi said he thinks there will be one soon.

“Depending on how well students keep to the protocols and rules of COVID life engagement, if things are well followed no, I don’t think we will get shutdown,” Palumberi said. “However, with how people tend to be with listening, we may be shut down early.”

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