Coronavirus dominates fall semester, but does not destroy it

COVID on Campus

Published: December 17, 2020 | Updated: January 20th, 2021 at 10:51 pm


COVID on Campus illustration - Students at Hall of Languages

The COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 is a paradox: a universal event most of us experienced, to some extent, alone. We spent a summer doing nothing like what we had planned. At Syracuse University, students, staff and faculty returned to a campus that was masked, distanced, and different. COVID on Campus dominated the Fall 2020 semester, but did not destroy it.

Inspired by The Washington Post’s “Voices from the Pandemic” series by Newhouse alumnus Eli Saslow, students in this semester’s Reporting course interviewed members of our community about their life in 2020. We met a student who transferred to SU and another who opted to take a semester off. We heard frustration from a sorority house manager and levity from a medical transport driver. We visited transformed spaces like the library and the financial aid office. Everywhere, we found people adapting — in residence halls, at internships, and on campus tours.

Documenting the stories of people in our community who lived through this time is the unique privilege of journalists in 2020. Journalism will help us remember what we lived through, together and apart.

COVID on Campus
COVID on Campus. -Manny Martinez, an SU senior and medical transport driver
COVID on Campus

The Medical Transport Driver

Published: December 16, 2020

Senior Manny Martinez is a medical transport driver for Syracuse University Health Services.

Gamma Phi Beta sorority at Syracuse University.
COVID on Campus

The Sorority House Director

Published: December 15, 2020

Terri Hoalcraft is the facility director for Gamma Phi Beta sorority at Syracuse University.

COVID on Campus - KC Woods, Syracuse Associate Director of Financial Aid
COVID on Campus

The Associate Director of Financial Aid

Published: December 15, 2020

KC Woods, associate director of Syracuse University's Financial Aid and Scholarship Programs, on managing the office during the pandemic.

Elder Melvin Baker
COVID on Campus

The Chaplain

Published: December 21, 2020

Elder Melvin Baker is the Historically Black Church chaplain at Syracuse University.

COVID on Campus - resident advisor Amit Chandramouly
COVID on Campus

The Resident Advisor

Published: December 15, 2020

COVID on Campus: Policy studies sophomore Amit Chandramouly is a resident advisor in Lawrinson Hall.

COVID on Campus - Abigal Tubis - SU Food Services
COVID on Campus

The Food Services Worker

Published: December 21, 2020

COVID on Campus: Syracuse University senior Abigail Tubis worked for SU Food Services at Kimmel Food Court this semester.

COVID on Campus - Christina Perrier - Transfer Student
COVID on Campus

The Transfer Student

Published: December 31, 2020

COVID on Campus: Christina Perrier is a sophomore at Syracuse University.

COVID on Campus - Roshan Fernandez - The Lonely Summer
COVID on Campus

The Lonely Summer

Published: December 31, 2020

COVID on Campus: Sophomore Roshan Fernandez spent the summer learning how to be alone.

COVID on Campus - Hannah Ly - Gap Semester
COVID on Campus

The Semester Off

Published: December 31, 2020

COVID on Campus: Sophomore Hannah Ly took a semester off from college and used the time to apply her photography skills.

COVID on Campus - Kyra Surgent- Tie-Dye Entrepreneur
COVID on Campus

The Tie-Dye Entrepreneur

Published: December 15, 2020

COVID on Campus: Syracuse University junior Kyra Surgent founded Kyra Kouture in 2020.

COVID on Campus - Rachel Richards - Campus Tour Guide
COVID on Campus

The Campus Tour Guide

Published: January 12, 2021

COVID on Campus: Junior Rachel Richards meets with prospective students as a University 100 student ambassador.

COVID on Campus - Jackie Ritz - Bird Library Work Study.
COVID on Campus

The Library Work-Study

Published: January 12, 2021

Junior Jackie Ritz works at Bird Library.

Wesley Whiteside Associate director of recruitment and diversity at Syracuse's Newhouse School.
COVID on Campus

The Admissions Office

Published: January 17, 2021

Wesley Whiteside is the associate director of recruitment and diversity at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

COVID on Campus - Crystal Rabizadeh - The Graduate
COVID on Campus

The Graduate

Published: January 18, 2021

COVID on Campus: Crystal Rabizadeh is back home in California after graduating from Syracuse University early in the pandemic.

COVID on Campus - Claire Howard - The Foodie
COVID on Campus

The Foodie

Published: January 20, 2021

COVID on Campus: Syracuse University sophomore Claire Howard said she’s turned to cooking and food to find a sense of purpose amid the pandemic.

COVID on Campus - Lila Broden - The First Year
COVID on Campus

The First-Year

Published: January 20, 2021

Freshman Lila Broden studies psychology at Syracuse University.