On July 27, 2020, Wartburg College announced that all full-time students would have the opportunity to come back to Wartburg for a tuition-free fifth year due to the 2020-2021 school year being negatively affected by COVID-19.
Over the past few years, many international students have struggled to feel accepted at Wartburg College. Along with being far from home, several college policies differ between domestic and international students.
Dr. Rachel Clark, the faculty-in-residence at Wartburg College, decided to organize virtual on-campus programs as a reponse to COVID-19 shutting down most activities including Stitch-and-Bitch, the Reading Club and Sunday Storytime.
“I am so proud of the efforts our team put forward to advocate for these mental health days that are now incorporated into the updated calendar,” Emma Williams, vice president of the student body, said after the email was released.
“There will be significant facility challenges in the months of February, March and April. It will be much more challenging for our support staff with more sports competing at the same time, specifically our athletic trainers and sports information staff,” Rick Willis, Wartburg athletic director, said.
LAUREN WISDOM, TRUMPET FEATURES WRITER COVID-19 did not have the power to stop 25 pending Wartburg December graduates from receiving their diplomas. But graduating into a global pandemic is an obstacle that people in years past did not have to overcome. “I have spent a lot of time worrying about how the pandemic has changed, and will continue to change my future,” Sara Martin, fourth-year business administration major, said. “I have also come to realize that it is what it is and that it is important that I focus my energy on things that I can control, like the factContinue reading “CONTROLLING THE CONTROLLABLE: GRADUATING INTO COVID-19”
As he drove through the Wisconsin farmland, Ethan Townsend’s car passed cornfield after cornfield, his high beams fighting against the pressing darkness, his backseat filled with almost everything he owned. An occasional dairy farm broke up the monotony of the drive.
He couldn’t help but feel relief.
Draper shined on the basketball floor during her junior year, which earned her the opportunity to travel to Brazil in the summer of 2020 to represent the United States in Division-III women’s basketball. Then, the pandemic took that opportunity away.
When envisioning her first year on campus, Grace Distler, first-year biochemistry major from Jesup, Iowa, did not think of having to pack face masks and extra hand sanitizer along with her dorm fridge.
On March 18, Wartburg College President Darrel Colson told students to return home. Many of the college’s 1,505 students packed and left within the day — international students were not able to take the same action.
Wartburg College administration is “highly recommending that all students return to their family homes as quickly as possible” and employees are encouraged to work from home if able, per an email sent to students at 2:22 p.m., Wednesday, March 18. “Mercifully, most of you, because of your age and your relatively healthy condition, will not be victimized by this disease; but, many of your neighbors will.” Wartburg President Darrel Colson On campus, dining services will be available as take-out only. For more information, go to https://www.wartburg.edu/coronavirus.
Wartburg College has lifted all registration holds to “remove stressful barriers at this difficult time” for current students. The college is in the process of completing this task within the learning management system. Online registration periods have also been extended. Also, all current students will are eligible for the housing lottery. For more information, follow the email updates.
WAVERLY, Iowa – The W, Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center, in accordance with the State Disaster Emergency Plan, will close at noon, March 17, to the public. The facility will remain closed through at least 11:59 p.m., March 31. For more information, go to https://www.wartburg.edu/the-w/.
SILVIA OAKLAND, TRUMPET EDITOR-IN-CHIEFNATHAN STEPHANY, KV NEWS DIRECTOR What is Wartburg College’s plan for completing classes this semester? “What we want to do is the best thing for Wartburg. We are already preparing for the possibility that either because of a change in the health status of our community or because of a mandate from government or another institution that we may have to go to remote learning. We’re developing those plans. We meet constantly and are adaptable. We’re aware of what’s going on at other institutions. But we’re not driven by that.” What does the college mean by remoteContinue reading “INTERVIEW: ‘WE MEET CONSTANTLY’ ON CORONAVIRUS”
NATHAN STEPHANY, KV NEWS DIRECTOR Daniel Kittle, Wartburg College dean of students, made a statement regarding the college’s plan to handle the COVID-19 pandemic. “I don’t think that the college has taken anything off of the table in regards to what’s possible. Each day and each hour or two we’re revisiting best practices and the advice we get from public health professionals and trying to make a decision based on that information.” Kittle encouraged students who might be feeling ill to visit Noah Health Clinic on the Wartburg campus, or the Waverly Health Center. “Students and student leaders in particularContinue reading “KITTLE: DO ‘NOT FALL VICTIM TO A NARRATIVE’”
SILVIA OAKLAND, TRUMPET EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “My family and I decided it would be best for me to return home.” Jenna Brannaman, Wartburg College student body vice president After choosing to voluntarily leave campus due to the coronavirus pandemic, Jenna Brannaman, student body vice president, made a statement about her decision. “Given the current status of the events across the nation and decisions made by similar institutions due to Coronavirus, my family and I decided it would be best for me to return home,” Brannaman said. “We are all unaware of the future timeline of COVID-19 but I do know that weContinue reading “WARTBURG STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT, VP RESPOND TO COVID-19”
Wartburg musician discusses canceled tour NATHAN STEPHANY, KV NEWS DIRECTOR The announcement that Wartburg College had made the decision to cancel travel didn’t come as a surprise to me, but as a very disappointing inevitability. That announcement, of course, included the Wartburg Wind Ensemble and our planned tour of the Midwest. Even that small trip, which was only planned to neighboring states, is too much of a risk in the current climate. I have now been a part of the Wind Ensemble for three years as a trombone player. Tour has always been a crucial part of that experience inContinue reading “COLUMN: ‘I’M SAD, I’M DISAPPOINTED’”
The past couple of days have been very difficult for not just myself but many of my peers and others that participate in athletic programs. For me, our conference, the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C), made a statement this morning that all remaining winter sports and all spring sports seasons have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus.
WIND ENSEMBLE SUSPEND RUN-OUTS Wind ensemble touring directors have suspended run-outs until the end of the semester. The run-outs have not been canceled, and have a possibility of being rescheduled during the May Term, according to an email sent to students in the Wind Ensemble. WARTBURG STORE INCREASES SANITIZATION The Wartburg Store is open and announced an increase in sanitization protocols in the store on campus. THE W ‘STEPS UP’ CLEANING The W, or Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center at 100 Wartburg Blvd, announced that cleaning procedures have been “stepped up” compared to the standard practice, which is the standardContinue reading “UPDATE: WARTBURG CAMPUS LOGISTICS DURING PANDEMIC”
ANNIKA WALL, TRUMPET MANAGING EDITOR The NCAA released via Twitter at 3:16 p.m., Thursday, March 12, that the NCAA has canceled all remaining winter and spring NCAA championships. This includes all Division III championships, which Wartburg was slated to take part in. “I am heartbroken. We are all heartbroken,” Jackie Ganshirt, Wartburg national qualifier for the track and field team and third-year student, said. “We have a lot of questions with no answers. We’ve had a lot of people overcome a lot of obstacles, so it hurts to have everything just stripped away in an instant. A lot of tearsContinue reading “WARTBURG WRESTLING, TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS CANCELLED”