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University of Michigan held basketball games at 100% capacity despite closing in-person learning in January

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University of Michigan held basketball games at 100% capacity despite closing in-person learning in January

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Michigan State University has allowed basketball games to continue at 100% attendance capacity despite shutting down in-person learning for most of January.

Attendance for all of Michigan State University’s January home basketball games at the Breslin Center was 100% with 14,797 fans in attendance, according to ESPN.

However, in a Dec. 31 message to the campus community, Michigan State University President Samuel Stanley Jr. said classes would begin remotely for the spring semester because “the state of Michigan hit an all-time high in cases per day.”

“Given this intense increase in cases, we now believe the best decision for our campus is to begin primarily remote classes on January 10 and for at least the first three weeks of the semester,” Stanley wrote in the announcement. .

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Marcus Bingham Jr. #30 of the Michigan State Spartans kicks the ball over Lat Mayen #11 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the first half at the Breslin Center on January 5, 2022 in East Lansing, Michigan.
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Michigan State University requires proof of coronavirus vaccination or a negative test for all basketball game attendees, and has an indoor mask requirement. Concession stands only sell drinks, according to the university’s website.

A Michigan State University student said it was “extremely hypocritical” that the university was holding basketball games at 100% capacity but forcing students to take classes online.

“The fact that students can fill the (Breslin Center) neck and neck for hours before the game, for the entirety of the game and be together for, you know, probably three hours at night without social distancing, without even including all foreigners brought to campus for the game is extremely hypocritical,” Blake Maday said.

Maday also thinks the decision is “more of an income decision than a health and safety decision”.

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University of Michigan held basketball games at 100% capacity despite closing in-person learning in January

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Michigan State Spartans guard Max Christie (5) walks down the court during a college basketball game between the Michigan State Spartans and the Northwestern Wildcats on January 15, 2022 at the Breslin Student Events Center in East Lansing, MI.
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In an announcement on Friday, Stanley said in-person classes would resume Jan. 31.

Dan Olsen, deputy spokesman for Michigan State University, told Fox News that sporting events are optional for students, unlike classes.

“Athletics events are optional events that students or the public [sic] can attend, unlike the courses which are necessary for our students to progress towards their degree and diploma. Our decision to start the first three weeks remotely was difficult and was influenced by two key factors. One of the factors was the uncertainty in Omicron’s time and having time to better understand it and its impact,” Olsen said.

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University of Michigan held basketball games at 100% capacity despite closing in-person learning in January

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Olson said the other factor in shifting classes to a remote format is the number of students who may be forced to quarantine if classes were to be held in person.

“The other factor was recognizing that we would have a significant increase in cases that would result in hundreds of students and staff being quarantined or isolated outside of the classroom, we wanted to ensure consistency over the first weeks of our spring semester so that everyone has an equal opportunity to learn with minimal disruption to their education,” added Olsen.

University of Michigan held basketball games at 100% capacity despite closing in-person learning in January

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