Grace Cavanaugh ~ Editor in Chief
The University of Lynchburg Hornets went back to hybrid in-person classes on Monday, per the new rules of the revamped Alert Level 2.
According to the university’s COVID-19 data page as of Tuesday, Sept. 7, there are 12 active positive cases in the student population and an additional 82 students in quarantine and isolation. Since the beginning of the school year on August 12, the university has resolved 186 cases.
In an email to the campus community President Alison Morrison-Shetler said, “As a biologist by training, I find comfort in data. The data supported our temporary move to online classes and now, because of the efforts made by so many, the data support our return on Monday to in-person and hybrid classes.”
Students are happy to be back in the classroom environment. Senior Haley Rolince, said, “It is great to be able to see people around campus again. I like to imagine that they are all smiling underneath their masks.”
While Julia Melone, also a senior, said, “Frankly, I am over the moon about it.”
“I am glad I can work on my research again, but I worry about new cases. It is not the classes I worry about, it is the people congregating and hanging out in halls,” said senior Max Rivers.
Sophomore Sam Lipert said, “I greatly enjoyed getting to see my professors and classmates in person again, though some classes were a little strange on account of only having met once before. Still, today alone I feel as though my classes have been more helpful than those of the past few weeks, as I do not learn as well online. Though it has been a difficult two weeks for everyone, hopefully we will keep our case number low and continue to enjoy our classes partially in person!”