The spring fate of student organizations

As the spring semester comes into full swing, student activities resume.

By Tyler Hart
On February 1, 2021

Photo by Madison Wallace:
Students continue with their academic lives despite new Coronavirus regulations.

 

Student organizations on Jan. 25 are going to have to be very innovative this spring semester due to COVID-19 and its restrictions. Since the coronavirus pandemic swept the United States last spring, ASU has been adapting to prevent the spread of the virus by altering the activities student-led organizations can take part in to mixed receptions.

The Director of Multicultural and Student Activities programs Dr. Erica Beaza said she is taking steps to make activities safer for students. 

“Whenever students do create an event, we are asking them to take risk management,” Dr. Beaza said.

According to Dr. Beaza, Special events has created a matrix and the matrix has some guidelines to guide students on what you can and cannot do.

 “These safety guidelines are in place for students to keep COVID-19 spread to a minimum but is also flexible to where they can still be able to socialize and have fun at events that student organizations host,” Beaza said.

 Assistant Director of Intramural Sports and Camps Reid Jackson said intramural sports is going to be a lot like last semester with a lot of modifications to fit safety guidelines. 

“One of the popular sports intramural basketball will not be happening this year due to safety guidelines,” Jackson said.  “Other sports like indoor/outdoor Volleyball, Ping Pong, Racket Ball, Kickball and Ultimate Frisbee. Also, esports will be available this semester too.”

As for the direction of club sports, Jackson said a lot is up in the air as some of ASU clubs are contact sports and some are not.

“Those that have no contact at all usually will operate on a case-by-case basis, and if they are going to be allowed to compete, it all comes down to their governing body,” Jackson said.

“Sports like our rugby team’s governing body is not allowing matches as of right now,” Jackson said. “So there may be a chance that men’s and women’s rugby may be able to compete later in the semester. Other club sports like Ram Power Lifting and Bass Anglers will be able to compete.”

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