I fly back to Minnesota tomorrow! It’ll be nice to get back to a normal routine.
Except, my first in-person classes are on Tuesday! I hope I would have the courage of this college professor.
During Irwin Bernstein’s second class of the semester, the student, who was not present on the first day of class, arrived at the 25-person class unmasked and was asked by Bernstein to retrieve one from the advising office. The student was given a spare disposable mask from a peer but did not wear it over her nose.
Bernstein asked the student to pull her mask up to wear it correctly, but she said she “couldn’t breathe” and “had a really hard time breathing” with the cloth over her mouth and nose.
Written on the board at the front of the classroom was, “No mask, no class,” according to fourth-year psychology major Hannah Huff.
The 88-year-old psychology professor explained to the student that he could die from COVID-19 due to underlying health conditions such as Type 2 diabetes, hypertension and age-related problems, Bernstein said in an email to The Red & Black.
Only about 15 minutes into the Tuesday lecture, which consisted of Bernstein taking the student attendance, he asked the student to pull her mask up again, but this time, the student did not respond.
So he walked out and quit.
If I found myself in similar circumstances this week, I don’t think I’d have to quit: my university has a mask requirement, unlike the University of Georgia, a state with a spineless, stupid Republican governor. I would not look kindly on a student who tried to pull that bullshit about not being able to breathe. That’s a lie. I wear a mask all the time in public, and no, it does not significantly impair breathing. That girl was an immature whiner trying to make a stupid protest.
UMM is at least not like Liberty University, which tried to pull off a completely laissez faire policy: no required masks, no social distancing, and no vaccine requirement. Look what happened there!
Liberty University announced a campus-wide quarantine on Thursday due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.
The evangelical Christian school’s office of communications said the “temporary mitigation period” would occur between Monday and Sept. 10, with all residential classes moved online and large indoor gatherings suspended.
There are 159 known active cases of the coronavirus at Liberty, according to the Lynchburg, Va., college’s COVID-19 tracker, the highest number since last September when 141 individuals tested positive for the virus.
Out of the 159 known cases, 124 are among students.
That was entirely predictable.
I can’t whole-heartedly laugh at stupid ol’ Liberty U, though, since my university only implemented the predictable, necessary, and obvious requirements to protect students and staff the week before our school opened.