All across America universities are announcing another end to in-person classes over the mostly asymptomatic Omicron variant of COVID-19. Despite many of these colleges mandating students be fully vaccinated, and some even mandating the booster shot, students across the country will be forced to pay thousands of dollars in tuition and housing to simply sit behind a screen on a Zoom call.
Big League Politics has previously reported that a doctor in South Africa (the origin country over the Omicron variant) has publicly stated the mildness of the variant and doesn’t understand the hype. This claim has even been re-asserted by the left’s favorite bureaucrat, Dr. Anthony Fauci, who said that the variant is almost certainly less severe than others. Despite this, many colleges, such as Duke University, responded by mandating that students must be triple vaccinated (2 shots and a booster) in order to attend class. According to Duke, “getting the booster can help protect you, your friends, and your colleagues and ensure that our hospital is available.” However, there is hardly any science to back this claim, considering that a Columbia University study recently found that the Omicron variant is ‘markedly resistant’ to both vaccines and boosters.
But seemingly, mask mandates, vaccine mandates, and booster mandates just aren’t enough for some colleges. Many schools, such as Michigan State University, are once again switching to online classes. Earlier today, Michigan State University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr. put out this message to all students and faculty at the college:
Earlier this week I wrote to you about the start of the Spring 2022 semester and updated you on what had been reported on our campus and in the surrounding region with cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. I promised that we would continue to monitor the situation in mid-Michigan and beyond for any changes in the pandemic that required new actions. In the 48 hours since that note went out, a surge in cases has been reported, presumably due to the Omicron variant, with the state of Michigan reaching an all-time high in cases per day.
Given this intense surge in cases, we now feel the best decision for our campus is to start classes primarily remotely on Jan. 10 and for at least the first three weeks of the semester.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr.
While this move is menacing, it is unsurprising, considering that Stanley has largely used his position as university President to enact his agenda and routinely bad-mouth President Trump to the public. Many other colleges across the United States are following suit, including Harvard and Princeton, which both have recently announced a switch to online classes. As student debt throughout the nation continues to rise, and the coronavirus pandemic seemingly everlasting, college students have to ask themselves: Is it really worth racking up $120,000 in debt just to sit in front of a laptop screen to get a degree?
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