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EdBoard: end-of-semester wrapup

Spring 2021 has come to an end! (credit: Stacey Cho/Art Editor ) Spring 2021 has come to an end! (credit: Stacey Cho/Art Editor )
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It's been a ride.

With entirely virtual programming at The Tartan this past year, we’ve called Zoom and Slack our most reliable and ever-present friends. However, this wasn’t the case for everyone — many classes and many campus activities struggled to transition to an online presence, especially with regards to motivation and integrity.

The issues only got worse. From the wildfires on the West Coast and the unrest over Richard Grenell’s position at Carnegie Mellon to the rise in COVID-19 cases and the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the school year was not off to a good start.

Election season only exacerbated the tensions and conflicts around the country, both in the real world and online. Conflicts peaked with the insurrection at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, and continued as anti-AAPI hate crimes spread around the country.

Thankfully, the year wasn’t entirely pathetic and painful: we saw the distribution of vaccines grow to allow us to hopefully return to in-person instruction in the 2021-2022 school year. Accommodations in learning environments should be more accessible, as personal situations have become more understood and administrations have become more flexible.

However, there remains a lot of work to be done. Of particular interest and relevance to the Carnegie Mellon community is a review of Richard Grenell’s contribution (if any) to the academic explorations here. We have yet to also properly justify and address the shortening of the upcoming academic year.

And, last but not least, we must be particularly cautious when planning to return to a “normal” school environment next year. Students cannot take this lightly, and must remain proactive with pandemic measures, such as mask-wearing and social distancing.

We’re very thankful to have been able to share our thoughts and contribute to the campus discussion this past year and are excited to resume our work in the next school year. Furthermore, the prospect of returning campus traditions — such as Carnival and Booth — is something we are all looking forward to.

Thank you for staying connected with us as we share with you our thoughts, ideas, and interests. Stay safe, and best wishes on your finals! See you next year!