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UMass Amherst students put in lockdown after school becomes coronavirus petri dish

The Hampshire Gazette reports the Commonwealth's Flagship Campus has ordered all students - including off campu - to stay in their rooms except to get testing or meals due to an outbreak that has so far hit several hundred. The Daily Collegian reports one frat was suspended for "two massive back-to-back parties, packed to the brim with young people dancing and drinking."

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We'll have none of that socializing and carousing!

..... Cotton Mather

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We don't hear about these sorts of outbreaks at Harvard.

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"expelled".

And anyone in the area who gets the virus should sue the university, because they should've known their students are self-absorbed idiots.

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This virus is everywhere. Nice to have a scapegoat, but there are plenty of people living around that area who aren't exactly known for wearing masks properly, if at all.

How convenient to blame the university for your own folly, eh?

I'm just thankful that my son's diploma arrived in the mail in May.

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The Globe is reporting (via info in a public meeting doc they linked to) a whole lot of student disciplinary incidents in the past month out there, so student behavior could certainly be a factor...

According to the UMass presentation to the Town Council, between Jan. 1 and Feb. 5, there were “354 students referred to the conduct office,” including 332 on-campus residents.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/2021/02/09/metro/umass-amherst-students-coul...

https://www.amherstma.gov/DocumentCenter/View/54731/Amherst-Town-Council...

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But the university is a convenient scapegoat to cover for the behavior of the "you can't make me" contingent.

Which is why any lawsuit over community transmission would likely be laughed out of court, and our anon's ignorance in wanting to expel students for getting sick when this is an extremely contagious virus is laughable, too.

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there are plenty of people living around that area who aren't exactly known for wearing masks properly, if at all.

Are there? I live a lot closer than you do, Swirly. I'm in the Valley on a regular basis. I see near-universal mask wearing and compliance with public health directives.

Now, what is it exactly that you "know"?

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I have close friends living there who are constantly complaining about antimasker bullshit because they actually have to work in the community (like inspect restaurants and enforce COVID safety regulations, etc.), not to mention that lovely little antimasker shitshow in Northampton last spring. You can't tell me that isn't living amongst you, dear. If you only go to selected locations, I can see why you don't see it.

Outside of the university area proper its Redneckers that get us pissed. You can drop the country = purity act, like now.

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Good luck fixing that wedgie. You're being a real asshole, you know? Your "close friends" don't trump my experience actually living here, "dear".

Honestly, you're being such a shit to just everybody.

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If you think community transmission is only about seeing people walking around with or without masks on city streets or in grocery stores, you are pretty damn ignorant about what the world looks like behind the scenes.

Occupational settings are big spreaders, and you don't see most of those ... grocery store food prep areas ... autobody and repair shops ... warehouses and distributors, etc.

My close friends happen to be the ones inspecting things in your SPECIFIC pure little work from home country living dreamworld. They are the ones busting asses so that your precious little special ass doesn't get COVID - and what they see are the conditions in those spaces that special people like you don't see and can't report for lack of masks and distancing, you get?

They are also the ones getting the anti-masker talking points as blowback.

That wedgie you see? In the mirror. Enjoy your fantasy.

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I generally find your comments here nonsensical but I agree with you on rare occasion. I just have to ask...who the fuck pissed in your Cheerios today?

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...you're an asshole.

I've stuck up for you a bunch of time, Swirls, and I think you have useful information. But you're such a fucking jerk that it all gets swallowed in the toxic waste.

Have a day, asshole.

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I'm not sure if you live in central or western MA, but I guess you must not live in a glass house.

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so people will just get covid now simply because some frat had a party in the same town? good luck suing the University over that

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I certainly agree, especially for putting the greater community. Go after the university!8

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Considering the namesake of the town.

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All returning students will receive the gift of a nice blanket...

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Jeez, are these college admins afraid of lawsuits or something else? Why not

Every college student is going to be fine. They are young. They have immune systems. There is life to lead. You can choose to hide away, but we all have to get going. Its over the top.

I like living here, but I wish it was less emotionally-decision-making reliant.

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Although it's not literally in the middle of town, like Amherst College, its students and professors spend a ton of time in the town. Even if you built a wall on the road from campus into town, there are like 8,000 UMass students living off campus. An outbreak at UMass is basically an outbreak in Amherst - where not everybody is a young healthy college student.

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Every college student is going to be fine.

That is factually incorrect.

And it is not just college students at risk when college students become infected and transmit the virus to others. And it's not just those who the college student infects who is at risk when the college student transmits the virus to someone else in their immediate community.

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There are professors, admin staff, janitorial, food service, bus drivers, athletic staff, lab staff, etc. and they're of all ages and co-morbidities.

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Weird... who saw this coming?

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