The Kendall Day celebration continues despite the COVID-19 risk
The Kendall Day celebration continues despite the COVID-19 risk

The Kendall Day celebration continues despite the COVID-19 risk

As the academic year 2021-22 draws to a close, Ithaca College students wishing to celebrate graduation are encouraged by the college to celebrate responsibly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In an email sent to the campus community on April 25, Rosanna Ferro, former vice president of Student Affairs and Campus Life, reminded students to act with caution and care when celebrating to ensure community health and safety. A celebration, Kendall Day, is a tradition started in 2008 by students. On this day, students gather on Kendall Avenue for big house parties the weekend before the finals. This year, the festivities fall on May 7th.

Samm Swarts, assistant director of Emergency Preparedness and Response, said his office is acting proactively to ensure students stay safe while celebrating. Swarts said it is important to get students to stay aware of the implications for society of capturing COVID-19. While the current COVID-19 contingency level is low riskthe college currently has a total of 19 active cases.

As of April 27, Tompkins County is now classified as one high transmission area, where residents are encouraged to wear masks while in a public setting. According to the Tompkins County Health Department, there are per. May 3 currently 73 current cases of COVID-19, above the 7-day average of 57 for new positive cases. But COVID-19 numbers are lower than earlier in the year, with January seeing an increase in up to 361 new positive cases.

In 2021 were students deterred from attending large gatherings like Kendall Day because of COVID-19.

Another major event, the Class of 2022 launch ceremony, is scheduled to take place on May 22nd. Thaw personal ceremonies held in Glazer Arena in the Athletics and Event Center at 9.00 and kl. 15.00 – the first time the college opens the event Guests since the inception of COVID-19.

Prior to students’ departure for winter vacation in December 2021, an increase in COVID-19 cases was associated with Santacona large gathering of unmasked partygoers celebrating the holiday of December 11th. After the hike, the college raised its alarm to “Orange: Moderate Risk “, which shut down social gatherings and closed common areas on campus. After lowering its alarm to” Green: Lower Risk “February 4, college lifted indoor mesh mandates March 4, choosing to maintain an optional mask policy.

The college offers several events for students who want to celebrate the end of the academic year. That IC kicks back The event takes place on the last day of class, May 6, and features a performance by Christian French, an American pop singer, on Campus Center Quad from 6 p.m. 15.30 to 21.30. The Campus Center Dining Hall will also host its annual IC Community Brunch on May 7.

“One of the most important things [celebrating responsibly] is to recognize its own comfort, ”Swarts said. “We really want to make sure we create things and spaces for people of all comfort levels.”

Freshman Sanskar Mehta said he was interested in participating in Kendall Day activities after hearing about it from friends, but is concerned about what impact COVID-19 will have on the event.

“I’m not sure if I should join, but it could be fun, especially since you see other people going out to parties and Moonies,” Mehta said.

Freshman Brian Martinez similarly said he was interested in partying to celebrate the end of the semester, but is not particularly worried about COVID-19.

“I’m not really worried about COVID as I’m just trying to have fun and stress of from finals and everything, ”Martinez said.

To further encourage safe celebrations, the college held a virtual gathering over Zoom on May 2 to discuss ways off-campus students can pay attention to their health and the surrounding community in their festivities by taking care of each other.

Bill Kerry, CEO of Public Safety and Emergency Management, said students can continue to expect the presence of local authorities along Kendall Ave and surrounding areas to ensure the event runs smoothly, a service previously provided to Kendall The Day festivities.

“Kendall Day is growing so fast, so we want to make sure you know that the law enforcement that is there would very much like to help,” Kerry said. “They will help when they are not asked if they see anyone who has any kind of medical condition … or if anyone has harmed themselves.”

Michelle Goode, program director at the Center for Counseling, Health and Wellness, urged students to make sure they practice healthy habits if they plan to drink, such as eating before drinking and avoiding drugs when they are in a bad mood.

“Make sure you have a system in place while you are sober about how you want to connect, how to get home, how to get there, where to go and look out for your group of friends,” he said. Goode.

Ithaca College’s medical amnesty policy encourages students who need medical attention for drug and alcohol-related emergencies to call for help without worrying about the consequences of students’ behavior. Students in need of immediate assistance are encouraged to call 911 or Ithaca College Public Safety at (607) 274-3333.

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