EDITORIAL: A new semester, a fresh start

The CMU seal sits in front of Warriner Hall Jan. 8.

Well, Chips, we’ve made it to another year and another semester.

While stressful, the beginning of a new semester is a fresh start and a chance to leave the previous four months in the rear-view mirror.

This spring will be another opportunity to take health and safety seriously while making the most of every moment. This is true whether it’s the beginning or end of an academic career.

It's easy to be discouraged right now. We all wished for a fairytale ending to 2020 New Year's Eve once the clock struck midnight. However, over the last few weeks, we learned the division and fear that plagued us in 2020 will carry on, but so will we.

COVID-19 will continue to dominate conversations on campus. Going into last semester, there were questions of how to combat the virus, what steps to take and why on-site testing wasn’t in place sooner.

The leadership team at Central Michigan University dedicated themselves to improving student safety on campus last semester. Because of their dedication, there is a blueprint to succeed this spring. Our success will come down to how serious students, faculty and staff take safety precautions inside and outside the classroom.

Hope is mounting as vaccinations are being distributed to healthcare professionals and at-risk individuals. At this point, the safety guidelines are like a nursery rhyme replaying in our heads -- wash your hands, wear a mask and social distance.

There is a lot to think about and consider right now as many of us return to campus. Take things one day at a time. If you need help at any point this semester, CMU has resources for students. 

Be safe. Be courteous. And Fire Up!

Because of a restricted budget, Central Michigan Life is making changes this semester. We will be publishing fewer print editions but will continue publishing content daily online. Make sure to follow us on social media and online at cm-life.com.

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