Incoming students move into North Campus dorms in August 2019. While many Cornellians expressed excitement over the end of "Zoom University," others feel a semester of social distancing regulations and campus restrictions just isn't worth it.

Are Students Excited to Return to Campus This Fall? It Depends Who You Ask

President Martha E. Pollack’s long-awaited Tuesday announcement welcomed Cornellians back to campus, but described a Cornell that faintly resembles the one students left in March. Many say they are still thrilled to return to Ithaca in September, while others were skeptical of the reopening message, wary of what social distancing will mean in an environment built for socializing.

Letter to the Editor

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Re: ‘Cornell Needs to Postpone the Fall Semester’

To The Editor:

Deepti Talesra ’21 and Paula Amols ’75  both make great arguments for not opening the University this fall. There are issues regarding the quality of education online, issues of comradery, and significant financial burdens to Cornell University, Ithaca and the student body. We do not have a crystal ball; we have flawed changing models of the pandemic’s progress and a ton of unknowns as to what will or may happen this fall and coming winter.  Coming out of shelter-in-place too early will likely lead to a second wave of disease and death beyond anything we personally have ever experienced. Physically calling students back from all over the world where the virus is at various stages of infection could present a significant health problem for the Cornell and Ithaca communities. Experts and data suggest that a vaccine will not be available this year and maybe not be fully available until later next year.

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BARAN | The Silver Lining to Fall 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has already upended our lives at Cornell and beyond. It will undoubtedly continue to do so into the fall. The question Cornell students are yearning to know is: How different will this fall be for us? We are almost uniformly dreading any decision that would make the fall 2020 semester much different than it has been in the past. But … would a little change really be that bad?