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By Hailey Smith

The previous school year during the COVID-19 pandemic, clubs and organizations at the University of Wisconsin-Superior had gone online, making it more difficult for students to conduct their everyday work, but this change also had its advantages.

The integration of remote meetings allows new opportunities for distance learning students and traditional students alike. As more and more classes have gone online, there has been a rise in distance learning students.

These distance learning students now run a lot of the clubs and organizations at UWS off-campus. Before the pandemic, most students would conduct their work on-campus. Now work is being done online by students located all over the country and campus.

“The Nemadji Review” is the literary journal at UWS. Last semester Julie Gard, the faculty advisor for the Nemadji Review said, “We have held all of our meetings and done all editorial work online this year, to prioritize health and safety, and also because many members of our current editorial staff are Distance Learning students.”

Because of the pandemic, there is a shift in who is participating in these organizations and how they are being run. This shift allows distance learning and on-campus students to come together and make connections during a time of isolation.

Gard agrees that this change is here to stay. Gard said, “I believe this integration will be a lasting, positive legacy of the pandemic, and we will work next year to find ways for distancing learning students to fully participate in the creation of the journal, even as some group members can gather and meet in person again.”

COVID-19 has changed many things, but it hasn’t stopped the UWS community from making connections and moving forward stronger than ever.