By Sarah Chesek, Staff Writer –
The Student Government Association experienced major roadblocks this past academic year in terms of planning events as a result of Covid-19.
The virus caused an end to in-person classes, sporting events, and student activities across the country during the 2020-2021 school year.
However, with the vaccine being available to everyone above the age of 18 in Hamilton County, students can expect to see the new-normal semester ahead.
Freshman Senate Treasurer and recently elected SGA member, Cora Powers shared the restraint Covid-19 has given student government.
“With every restriction, there’s three other restrictions that come along with it because we just want to make sure that everyone is being as safe as possible and as inclusive as possible,” Powers said.
SGA representatives for fall 2021 and spring 2022 were announced early in March. Although they do not have any definitive plans for next fall, they are excited about the potential for normalcy.
Taylor Bradshaw, the president-elect of SGA, gave the status of plans for the fall semester.
“SGA is still in the works of creating the plan for next year but so far everything is supposed to be full capacity, so I definitely think there will be in-person events,” Bradshaw said.
SGA has struggled to keep students engaged through the pandemic; however, with the likelihood of restrictions dropping, students can begin to anticipate the upcoming semesters with campus events.
Wendy Jiang, the vice president-elect of SGA, also is preparing for her term.
“Next year with everything hopefully going back to normal, it will definitely be a good change for students and faculty,” Jiang said.
She explained that if 75 to 80 percent of the campus community is vaccinated, we will see an increase in attendance at sporting events, along with the events that come with sporting events.
Members of SGA like Jiang and Powers stated the group will continue to provide virtual events for those who are uncomfortable being in large crowds or on campus.