Though the possibility of leaving campus early weighed heavily on Lila Ward’s mind, she didn’t know what would happen to her campus job as she walked into her last shift at Food.com.
“There were rumors at least that we weren’t coming back until the end of March, beginning of April,” said Ward, a junior advertising major. “But we kind of had a feeling that that was the end. We had all said our goodbyes when we left our last shift that day.”
Hundreds of Syracuse University students work on campus to provide for themselves, including students like Ward, who is enrolled in a federal work-study program. With on-campus courses suspended for the rest of the semester due to the coronavirus pandemic, Ward is one of many students unsure of the stability of their campus jobs.
The novel coronavirus causes COVID-19, a respiratory disease that has infected over 470,900 people, with over 33,000 cases in New York state alone. The epidemic has killed over 21,200 people across the world.
SU said March 10 that it would move classes online until at least March 30, announcing six days later that courses would continue online for the remainder of the semester. After transitioning to virtual …read more
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