NEW WILMINGTON, Pa.- As the spring semester of the 2020-2021 academic year is in full swing, one thing that has been in question is the ability of in-person events on campus due to COVID-19. Westminster has a very tight knit community and facing the obstacle of coming together in-person this spring is one the community has to tackle together. Of all the organizations trying to host on-campus events, Greek life in particular has a tedious task of going through the recruitment phase while not being in person.
In talks with Assistant Director of Student Engagement and Student Affairs, Francesca Manilla, and her associate, Kailey Costabile, there is now some clarification on how in-person events will look for the remainder of the semester. As of now, in-person events will happen with approval from administration. In order for that approval to happen, organizations including fraternities and sororities will be required to submit a health and safety plan for every event that is planned. Due to COVID-19 protocols, things such as room capacity, social distancing, mask wearing and sanitizing will also need to take place to ensure the safety of those in attendance.
Greek life had the task of going through recruitment with new protocols. Freshman pledge to Alpha Sigma Phi, Jake Steinbeck, talked about his perspective of the process, saying “The recruitment process was definitely different this year to those in the past, but it has still been great to get to know all the guys and other pledges.”
Manilla and the rest of the student engagement staff have health and safety as a top priority when it comes to in-person events. COVID-19 restrictions have placed a distinct obstacle on the staff and students for event hosting. With everyone’s cooperation the ability of in-person events is possible for the remainder of the semester.