In this audio clip, I speak with two fellow University of Georgia students. The first individual is Davis Tyler, a sophomore at UGA and a member of the Phi Delta Theta brotherhood. The other individual is Keegan Walsh, a swimmer for the school and someone who is not a member of a greek organization. Both students share their opinions on UGA and greek life during the midst of this pandemic, and whether or not they agree with how each of these organizations has handled the spread of the virus.

The University of Georgia has become a shadow of its former self. Popular locations that used to have a steady crowd of students and tourists taking pictures, such as the famous campus arch, are now far less crowded, outside of the typical daily foot traffic and students seeking new ways to study, one of which being, laying out on the north campus lawn. Much like these popular locations, local businesses have also started to suffer as a result of new COVID guidelines that enforce mask usage and adequate social distancing. UGA administrators have seemingly been in a constant battle with…

Greek life organizations have been a part of universities and colleges since their founding. Change, however, is coming quicker than ever for these organizations, as COVID 19 demands for safety procedures forbidding large gatherings and requiring social distancing. Many organizations have been exposed for not adhering to these new policies and by doing so have put their peers and the general public at risk. Along with drawing criticism for neglectful behavior, some individuals have begun to reexamine these organizations exposing issues of racism and intolerant behavior that have been around since these organizations' inception and that still are seen today. Will Greek organizations change and adapt to the new demands of society or will they become another victim of the COVID pandemic?

In reporting on my topic of how the COVID 19 pandemic has affected greek life, I visited Milledge avenue where I observed the operations of Greek life organizations as well as downtown Athens where I spoke with students who were involved in greek life. My first stop was Milledge Avenue which was especially quiet for being a Saturday in Athens. The usual scene consists of the many prominent fraternities hosting parties featuring loud music and large amounts of undergraduates crammed into a small space. However, now all there is to be seen is dark windows and the occasional shadow moving…

Cameron Noble

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