Issue 32 • February 2021
Humans of The Tavern
Has COVID-19 changed your perspective on any particular issue?'
COVID has opened my eyes to the cracks in the American healthcare system. This pandemic has affected Black people at disproportionate rates in comparison to white people. Part of its negative implications on Black America stem from the lack of access to medical facilities. Prior to the outbreak, I was unaware of the inequality gaps in this sector, but now that I know, I can do my part to help others become more aware.
Have you felt any positive changes within our institution as a whole?
I have felt that Tabor as a whole has made progress. I measure this by comparing our institution’s practices and policies now to those of my freshman year. The amount of plans, boards, and committees Tabor has put together this year alone to tackle racial issues is commendable given our past history with these problems. It seems like the bare minimum because POC have no choice in facing these challenges, but it is a step in the right direction for an institution that could look the other way.
-Olivia Justice, interviewed by Niya Plynton
How have you changed from the beginning of quarantine? How do you know you’ve changed?
“I took so much of my life for granted- I think the quarantine really helps me appreciate the little things that I was missing- seeing old teachers in the hallway, going to see a movie with your friends, being able to have actual classes where you can build bonds with peers and instructors. I really miss that, and that loss has helped me appreciate it even more than I already did. As we start to very gradually reduce restrictions in the future, I think that I will see a change in how I view and participate in these everyday activities.”
-Jack Burton, interviewed by Dylan Arevian
I think that it was huge that there were no cases on campus. What I learn over this fall is that not every decision is going to be applauded but we have to have a reason why we made that decision. I feel good about the decisions we made for the good part because I can justify them. The less that students are supervised the more likely they are not going to follow covid rules. So there were things I have a higher tolerance for but I say that coming personally. I think my family is going to be okay if a member of my family gets covid but I don’t think it’s fair to make decisions based on my level of risk compared to somebody else’s. Every decision that we made I knew was going to be criticized, as long as I felt personally and professionally confident about the reason we made this decision, whether it was more restrictive or less restrictive.
-Andrea Heinze, Associate Head for Student Affairs, Interviewed by Nicole Li, Tvisha Devireddy, and Catherine Xie