Club sports at Virginia Tech look different this year due to COVID restrictions put in place by the school. Although most sports are able to hold tryouts and regular practices, their competition schedules are more limited. In addition to uncertain and unplanned seasons, each club must go through safety precautions, like mask usage, temperature checks, and social distancing before using Virginia tech facilities. They must also access and complete the health questionnaire on the HokieReady app in order to enter the facility.
“This year, obviously, we’re wearing masks. That’s a big change. We also have to make sure that we’re keeping our distance. If we want to get water, we all have to stay spread apart at least ten feet apart if we want to get a sip of water,” said Raya Mufti, women’s club volleyball officer.
Virginia tech created a bubble called the field house where club sports like volleyball, basketball and MMA club could continue their daily practices and tournaments. The field house is equipped with temperature screening machines and a check in table with staff who enforce the rules for all guests and players.
“So far, the bubble’s been awesome. We got to come out here and every day it’s been really nice and really clean. They’re checking our temperatures and scanning us in so it’s really safe. It’s really nice courts too, not much different than War Memorial. I actually like it more than War Memorial because the floors aren’t concrete, but overall it’s been really nice for everyone,” said Matthew Lewandowski, men’s club volleyball member.
Neither club volleyball nor club basketball will be able to compete against other schools this season yet baseball and softball are hopeful for the spring. Reporting for the Newsfeed, I’m Jasmine Ayazi.
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Virginia Tech’s campus ministries look drastically different amidst Coronavirus complications. For example, Cru, a Christian campus ministry would usually have a large group service in Squires’ Colonial Hall every Thursday night. However, under the current circumstances, Cru is continuing their large group service online, encouraging students to have safe watch parties together.
Another ministry, Baptist Collegiate Ministries (BCM) is meeting in person on Tuesday nights for a socially-distanced, reduced capacity and masked service, similar to how some other ministries and churches in the area are operating.
There are elements of uncertainty when it comes to places and groups of worship during coronavirus, and those who find community in these groups will continue to adapt.
As incredible as the news has been over the past few months, everybody is looking forward for something to change. One of the most important ways that we as citizens can enact change is by voting in the upcoming election. So, in this podcast, we talk about some of the lesser known subjects that you
will be voting on the coming election, as well as some relevant information on your rights and safety as a voter. Specifically, state constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot, and their effects. After that, we briefly talk about what is and is not allowed at polling locations to ensure the safety and comfort of everyone performing their civic duty. For more details on these topics, please feel free to browse the links below.
With the COVID-19 pandemic, many places around the country have had to adapt, especially places such as museums, art galleries, and movie theaters. Here in the New River Valley, local venues are taking extra precautions, as well as creating unique experiences for locals to enjoy, while keeping in line with regulations. The News Feed’s Davis Mears, Jessica Mardian, and Kelly O’Regan report on some of the experiences happening right now around the New River Valley.
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President Trump contracted the coronavirus on October 2, 2020 while simultaneously campaigning for his 2020 Presidential re-election race. His coronavirus-handling approval rates are decreasing as U.S. citizens enter the eighth month into the pandemic, which can have serious consequences for his campaign in key swing states.
In addition, Former Vice President and President Trump recently could not reconcile on a method for debating in the second presidential debates in Miami, resulting in the second debate’s cancellation. Although public opinion polls do not decide the winner of the debates nor the actual election, what does a debate cancellation mean for citizens who expected to watch the two most popular candidates engage with meaningful questions?
Finally, what does Trump’s behavior and attitude around the virus, and then suddenly contracting and spreading it in the White House mean for his image in relation to national public health?