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By Jaimee Hood

Remember “extended spring break?”

Yeah. Despite our best hopes in mid-March, it looks like going “back to normal” won’t be exactly what we pictured.

In keeping with guidelines provided by the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Bethel has created a “new normal” structure for classes, housing and campus life this Fall.

G-cal coordination just got a little more complicated.

But it’s probably worth it in order to reduce hallway traffic as students return to modified face-to-face classes.

For students in the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), the module schedule has shifted to staggered start and end times. Classrooms will also be modified to allow for social-distancing, and face coverings will be required, as well as frequent sanitation of your learning area.

Fall fashion will definitely include masks. 

Last week Minnesota Governor Tim Walz issued an executive order requiring protective face masks in all indoor public spaces in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Those on Bethel’s campus will also be required to wear masks in outdoor areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain, like walkways or stairs.

In addition to two face masks, students will be provided with a thermometer and are encouraged to check their temperature daily, while monitoring other symptoms and self-isolating should a fever develop.

Good thing Bethel isn’t known for its wild parties…

Because they won’t be happening this Fall. Though residence hall shacks and events may still take place, they have to follow social-distancing guidelines. Overnight guests won’t be permitted at residence halls, and those who come during the day have to mask up and wash their hands.

Lastly, a reminder: Although you’re used to your mom doing your dishes again… 

Your roommate doesn’t want to. With heightened concerns around sanitation of both public and private spaces, make sure you communicate with those in your “household” (dorm or suite) on cleaning of dishes, bathrooms and bedroom floors. On the bright side, this could be a great character-building lesson for some students. Be considerate. Clean up after yourself.

Academic buildings no longer follow A-B-C order; welcome-weekers in search of new pneumonic device for incoming freshmen.

In an email from Board of Trustees Chairman Collin Barr, it was announced that the Academic Center (AC) has been renamed the James H. Barnes III Academic Center (BAC) after President Emeritus Jay Barnes. Barnes’ twenty-five years of leadership officially wrapped up June 30.

“Under Jay’s leadership, Bethel significantly advanced its science education, research, and facilities, and we are thrilled to honor his legacy in this way,” Barr said.

The BAC will include the science addition currently under construction as well as the first, second and third floors of the former AC.

Get to know President Ross Allen

President Ross Allen officially stepped into his new role on July 1 of this year in the midst of an unprecedented season for Bethel (and the rest of the world). The Clarion’s Laura Osterlund held a Q&A with Allen and his wife, Annie. Check it out to get to know our university’s new leader — and once we’re back on campus, give him a friendly wave (from six feet away, of course).

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