Since the recent leak of the Supreme Court’s draft decision on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, a Mississippi abortion case, campus organizations of various ideologies have commented on the news that the Court could potentially overturn Roe v. Wade.
That sweaty August day marked the beginning of a most unprecedented freshmen year; a year full of Q-tip COVID tests, zoom classes, mask wearing and an unfettered hatred for the word unprecedented. New codes of conduct and behavioral contracts created what was deemed the “new normal” which fostered the creation of many new habits among the student body. For many students the walk to class no longer existed. Some replaced it by rolling out of bed, some by listening to class in bed, others by creating a walk of their own whether that be to their favorite study spot or to a building where the echoes of everyone’s zoom conversations bounced off the walls, an amalgamation of different subject matters that enlivened our senses.
Election Day is quickly approaching. It seems as if everyone has an opinion and a stake in the battle for the presidency. However, the tone of the discourse has mirrored that of the current president’s, even as many participating denounce him. Social media and conversation is rife with half-truths, slander and personal attacks. This is not productive and it is downright hypocritical for opponents of the president.
The era of Zoom may soon be drawing to a close for some Ithaca students. According to Ithaca College President Shirley Collado, in-person instruction is set to resume on Oct. 5, about a month later than previously scheduled.