The music ensembles at Pacific have seen a drop in student participation since COVID-19 began in Spring 2020.
2020 was a year full of hardships for everybody, but it was especially difficult for senior athletes who had lost their last year of college sports to the pandemic. Then, in October of 2020, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) granted an extra year of eligibility for all fall, winter, and spring sport athletes in the Division III category to make up for their lost year.
Since the return of mask mandates in Oregon, many Pacific University students have wondered whether more restrictions will be implemented. Pacific plans to require vaccinations for guests on campus during events or visits. However, Sarah Phillips, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, assures that guest policies have been loosened since last year.
The 2020-2021 school year was confusing, frustrating, and draining. Our college education was moving forward, or just beginning for some, in the midst of a pandemic. The ever-changing COVID-19 protocols and uncertainty of our future made it impossible to find a routine with school, sports, and extracurriculars. Students on and off campus struggled to find normalcy in their college education, and for many freshmen, their experience was cut short.