A quiet quad, an empty Starbucks, closed libraries — here’s what life at the River Campus is like in the middle of a pandemic.

Amish Fakun (first-year): “Living on campus right now is boring. Sure, we fill in our time with assignments and prepping for exams, but really, without people on campus, the campus is void of life. However, it is what you make of it: You can always use the time to connect with some friends, go for a run, or learn a new skill!”



Ognjen Bosic Hautamaki (sophomore): “Campus is pretty quiet as most of the people moved out, but you can still see many people around. I had to move from Wilder to Anderson and people from Phase went to Southside so that was a bit annoying, but understandable under the circumstances. I think that [the University] took good care of students as they enabled us to stay on campus and still have dining options[;] we can use declining money for all restaurants in Rochester on Grubhub. They also send regular updates on coronavirus, online classes[,] and anything else.



Sifan Ye (senior): “Campus is just empty. No more routines. Furthest I go is Douglass to pick up packed food. Dining is only open till 7 p.m. and it’s kind of hard to get food (with meal plan of course) when my stuff ends at 7:20 p.m. Exams are weird, too.”




Lea Thome (sophomore): “So sad and depressing! Everything is closed so you can only stay in your room.”







Phuc Lam (sophomore): “Haven’t seen sunlight for two weeks. I might change my name to Dracula.”




Mangelsdorf and administrators plan for an uncertain semester

The town hall — which lasted around an hour — covered a variety of topics, like staff furloughs and the UR Medical Center’s (URMC) work facing the pandemic.

Vandal with care: the right reasons for destruction

Random looting, especially by white so-called allies, especially of independent, often minority-owned businesses, is not direct action.

Fenno remembered as scholar, teacher, and colleague

Fenno, who was vital to the development of UR’s political science department as one of the field’s best in the nation, died at the age of 93 on April 21, from what was deemed a likely case of COVID-19.