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(Photo Gallery) COVID-19 and social distancing turn campus hot spots cold

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A banner alerting people of the closing of Sewell Park sits, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, on University Drive at Texas State. Before the March 24 closing of the park, occupants spent time at the park in close proximity despite state, county and city officials calling for social distancing. On a normal day, the park serves as a place for students to swim, tan, play sports and more.

On a normal day, the Texas State community occupies locations on Texas State’s campus like the Quad, LBJ Student Center, Alkek Library, The Den, bus stops and more. The campus is usually full of people ready to handle business in the classroom, see and converse with friends and colleagues and contribute to their respective organizations.
However, concerns over the spread of COVID-19 has snatched the normality away from everyday life.
Education Abroad trips canceled. Classes moved online until the end of the spring semester. Graduation postponed. On-campus events canceled through May 1.
Now, areas that are usually heavily populated on campus possess few to no people, conveying the seriousness of all that has transpired since The Star reported that Texas State students and a professor were in self-quarantine in relation to COVID-19.
On Tuesday, March 24, the second day of the online class period, the on-campus climate of Texas State was not the one full of life, students, faculty and administrators prepared to attack a day’s work. In this photo gallery, we capture that, along with the few individuals on campus trying to pass time during this time of social distancing.

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  • Texas State seniors Kaci Kemp (front) and Patricia Chestnutt pose for a “social distancing” portrait, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, near Centennial Hall at Texas State. Texas State seniors expecting to graduate in May had their graduation postponed due to concerns over COVID-19. The May graduation is now scheduled to take place in August. Both Kemp and Chestnutt expressed that they’re still grateful to be receiving their degrees.

  • Roommates Karoline Dant (left) and Guilia Gasponi use computers in Alkek Library, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. A student union is calling for the closing of Alkek.

  • The second floor of the LBJ Student Center sits empty, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. On a normal day, students flood the student center to hang out and converse, visit the building’s restaurants, attend classes, nap and more.

  • Texas State shuttle services to adjust schedule from May 4 to May 15.

  • San Marcos resident Nick Byrne attempts a skateboard trick on a hill, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, near Old Main at Texas State. Byrne was one of a few individuals on Texas State’s campus staying occupied during “social distancing”. A friend of his, Johnathan Butler, recorded him while he attempted the trick.

  • Texas State seniors Kaci Kemp (front) and Patricia Chestnutt pose for a “social distancing” portrait, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, near Centennial Hall at Texas State. Texas State seniors expecting to graduate in May had their graduation postponed due to concerns over COVID-19. The May graduation is now scheduled to take place in August. Both Kemp and Chestnutt expressed that they’re still grateful to be receiving their degrees.

  • Tables sit empty outside of The Den, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. On a normal day, the tables are occupied with students doing school work, studying, eating or just hanging out.

  • The Taylor Murphy Hall water fountain area sits empty, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. On a normal day, students sit on the area’s benches scrolling through their phones, waiting for their next classes to begin and more. Taylor Murphy Hall is home to university’s Department of History.

  • Classroom 101 in Taylor Murphy Hall sits empty, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. Taylor Murphy Hall is home to university’s Department of History. On a regular day, students come in and out of the classroom for lectures.

  • The area near Flowers Hall, Jones Dining Hall and The Den sits empty, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. On a normal day, the water fountain in the middle of the area is flowing with students going in different directions.

  • The Undergraduate Academic Center arch sits unoccupied, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State.

  • Trinity Alexander from Lockhart, Texas, sits in a common relaxation area, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, near the Flowers Hall, Centennial Hall, Honors College and Old Main buildings at Texas State. Alexander is not currently a student at the university; she spent her time on campus relaxing while the majority of the university was unoccupied due to classes being moved online for the remainder of the spring semester.

  • A sign alerting occupants of the closing of the LBJ Student Center dining area stands, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in the LBJ Student Center at Texas State. The line for Chick-fil-A in the student center is usually long and packed with students searching for food before, between and after classes.

  • A person walks through the Quad, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State.

  • Purrell wipes sit near pieces of paper posted around Alkek Library with reminders about the need for its occupants to social distance, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. Alkek is usually one of the most occupied buildings on campus, but on this day, not very many students were in the building’s lobby.

  • The Texas State Quad area sits empty, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. Student-led organizations normally occupy the area handing out flyers and pamphlets for events and organization information, giving out food and more.

  • The Quad area sits empty, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. On March 19, Texas State, following many other universities across the U.S., made a decision to move courses online for the remainder of its spring semester. During a normal week at Texas State, students flood through the Quad on the way to and from their classes. Often times, students walk through the area conversing or listening to something in their earphones. Student-led organizations also occupy the area handing out flyers and pamphlets for events and organization information, giving out food and more.

  • The stairs to Alkek Library sit unoccupied, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Texas State. On a normal day, Alkek’s stairs serve as the ultimate fitness test for students walking to and from classes.

  • A hallway sits empty, Tuesday, March 31, 2020, in Old Main at Texas State. Old Main primarily serves as the home to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. On a normal day, the building is filled with journalism students, mass communication students, public relations students, electronic media students, advertising students, digital media innovation students and more.

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