With a new academic year ready to launch, college students across the country are moving in and getting to know each other. You would think that, in the midst of a pandemic, college life looks a little different this year. Your thinking would be wrong at one college in Georgia.
At the University of North Georgia, nestled in the foothills of the mountains, students held a huge party at an apartment complex near the campus in Dahlonega. What’s notable about this wild bash is that few, if any, students wore masks, and none of them practiced social distancing.
Check out this brief snippet of video:
Fox 5 Atlanta spoke to some students who didn’t attend the party to gauge their reactions:
“I started seeing the videos, and I was honestly kind of appalled that people were willing to take that risk,” said Julianna, a UNG student who asked us not to use her last name.
“At first, I was like wow, that’s my University. You never hear anything about UNG,” said Rachel Skinner, UNG Student.
Julianna is a student at The University of North Georgia. She did not attend the party, but says the party happens annually the weekend before classes start.
“It’s always huge,” said Julianna, “Typically people will park on the sides of the roads, the roads leading up to the apartment complex, people will park at the school and walk.”
“I was very shocked, and I was very disheartened because I knew that hurt the University,” said Skinner, ” Not a lot of people hear about UNG anyways, and I just think it was sad that was something that made the news.”
It’s not just students who aren’t happy with the party. Even though the gathering didn’t take place on school property, the university issued a statement:
“We are aware that a large outdoor party was held at a privately-owned, off-campus apartment complex located near our Dahlonega campus Saturday night. We are disappointed that many of our students chose to ignore COVID-19 public health guidance by congregating in a large group without social distancing or face coverings. The University of North Georgia continues to emphasize to our students and university community that everyone has an individual responsibility both on and off campus to follow guidance from the Georgia Department of Public Health and the CDC to prevent the spread of the virus.”
Classes start August 17, and naturally students are worried that they may come in contact with someone who became exposed to the coronavirus at the party. Who could blame them, especially if they or someone in their families are medically fragile or otherwise susceptible?
The thing is, we’ve all been dealing with this pandemic long enough to know how to conduct ourselves, but apparently some college students can’t be bothered enough to adjust their partying to be safe. This, folks, is why we can’t have nice things.