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Connections: Discussing the college experience during the pandemic


Colleges across the country have taken a variety of approaches to addressing student safety during the pandemic. Some institutions have already shut back down and shifted to remote learning after COVID-19 cases on campus have spiked. Thursday evening, the Washington Post published a piece on virus prevention efforts at colleges, and it raised the question of if those efforts will "get trashed by a few student parties." According to the piece, some college leaders have dropped by bars to hand out masks to students, while others have shut down parties or kicked out students for violating rules.

This hour, we talk with local students about the college experience during the pandemic. What's it like to live and learn on – or off – campus this semester? Our guests weigh in:

  • LaTivia McCowan, junior majoring in theater at the University of Rochester 
  • Hernan Sanchez Garcia, senior majoring in history and English at the University of Rochester 
  • Jared King, freshman majoring in game design at Finger Lakes Community College 
  • Emmarae Stein, senior majoring in communications and history at Nazareth College
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.