HUB reverses mask mandate

BY Tyler Clifton, Staff Writer Xavier’s Health United Building (HUB) updated to its mask policy on Sept. 26, allowing students to remove their masks while exercising.  Individuals are still encouraged to wear masks while at the Recreation Center, but this announcement gives individuals the choice to wear a mask when they are working out. Staff members are required to continue mask up while on the job, and people are still expected to wear a face covering when moving around the facility. A statement was released on Sept. 27, informing the Xavier community of this policy change.   “Due to reduction of … Continue reading HUB reverses mask mandate

XU vaccine mandate expands

All university employees are required to be vaccinated before next semester By Olivia Valkner, Staff Wrtier Per a letter from Dr. Colleen Hanycz, president, all Xavier employees will be required to be fully vaccinated before the spring semester. Last Thursday’s announcement follows the student vaccine requirement which was established more than three weeks ago. Hanycz highlighted that vaccination mandates in schools and workplaces sparks polarizing and difficult discussions across the country, but she encouraged employees to look beyond political affiliations.  “I would urge us to put aside the framework of ‘my rights,’ in favor of a focus on the collective … Continue reading XU vaccine mandate expands

Biden mandates vaccines for 100 million Americans

White House announces new six-prong plan to combat the COVID-19 surge By Alex Budzynski, Editor-in-Chief President Joe Biden announced a new six-prong strategy last Thursday to combat the on-going COVID-19 pandemic, ordering new federal vaccine requirements for the upwards of 100 million Americans.   In a speech delivered from the White House, Biden sternly criticized an estimated 80 million people who remain unvaccinated. “We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” Biden said. The unvaccinated minority “can cause a lot of damage, and they are.” The president’s new rules require all employers … Continue reading Biden mandates vaccines for 100 million Americans