Mask mandate lifted for winter break

Task Forces’ masking policy for spring semester is expected in January By Hunter Ellis, Managing Multimedia Editor Effective as of last week, the indoor mask mandate has been lifted on Xavier’s campus. “Beginning Dec. 1, 2021, Xavier University will remove the mandate for wearing masks indoors. While masks will no longer be required indoors, all community members are welcome to continue wearing a mask,” a campus message sent on Nov. 18 read.  The message cited low numbers of cases on campus and high vaccination rates as reasons for the decision to remove the mandate. However, this may be just a … Continue reading Mask mandate lifted for winter break

Mix and match booster shots

By Olivia Valkner, Staff Writer The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) outlined new COVID-19 recommendations last Thursday which allow vaccinated individuals to “mix and match” their booster doses.  “Some people may have a preference for the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.” the CDC statement said. The statement discussed the reasoning for their recommendation, how individuals can acquire their second or third shot and outlined eligibility. As it stands, there are boosters available for the ‘big … Continue reading Mix and match booster shots

Xavier updates travel guidelines

Last week’s contentious policy is being adjusted with a pilot program By Alex Budzynski, Editor-in-Chief, and Staff WRITERS Grace Hamilton and Olivia Valkner In response to the controversial domestic travel guidelines released last Wednesday, Xavier’s COVID-19 Task Force is launching a pilot program which allows student groups to travel overnight if they are able to produce a sufficient COVID-19 risk-reduction and response plan.  According to Saturday’s campus message, this change is intended to prevent student groups from cancelling their previously scheduled trips.  “Student travel is an important dimension of the Xavier experience. It is also true that traveling in the … Continue reading Xavier updates travel guidelines