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Will it be party time when college students return?

Scott Robert Shaw

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We don’t know how many, but in just a few short weeks, college students will be returning to school. And you know what that means. Party Time! And what happens when students party their way through a pandemic? More cases of coronavirus. Around the country, universities that decided to offer in-person learning are finding that despite health risks, college students are going to be, well, college students. Big parties, indoors, packed with people sharing cups and playing beer pongs. It’s happened at Notre Dame, where they are cancelling in-person instruction for at least two weeks because of a spike in cases. North Carolina is switching to remote learning. It only took a few short weeks from when the students returned until the numbers spiked. Universities have plans to deal with the pandemic, things like smaller class sizes, more sanitation, testing and quarantine rooms for those who fall ill. But no matter how well universities prepare, the students remain the wild card. It will be up to them to behave properly and not endanger others. We need their help to reduce the spread of the virus. Otherwise, at La Crosse’s campuses, it likely won’t be long after students return that the partying starts, and our entire community is at a greater risk.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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