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'It doesn't feel the same.' - SUNY Oneonta student describes dorm quarantine

Oneonta was forced to shut down for two weeks after more than 100 people tested positive for COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

Sep 2, 2020, 9:35 PM

Updated 1,386 days ago

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There is a growing list of SUNY schools cracking down on students caught violating COVID-19 safety protocols.
Five people were suspended at SUNY Oneonta, and three new testing sites opened there on Wednesday.
Oneonta was forced to shut down for two weeks after more than 100 people tested positive for COVID-19.
Frank Zambrano, a senior and music major at Oneonta who is from Elmsford, says he is as much a prisoner as he is a student.
Like everyone else who lives on campus, he is quarantined inside his dorm room with his three roommates until the quarantine is over next week.
His day consists of meals delivered from campus to his building, so options are limited.
No outside food is allowed on campus. Students aren't supposed to congregate together.
He is taking classes digitally, but as a percussionist in the music department, there really is no substitute for classroom learning.
"All I have in my dorm and some sticks, but that's it, but that's all I can do because all of the academic buildings are closed on campus. I can't go to the practice room in the FA building any more for the next two weeks, so it sucks, I can't get that drum set experience that I'm supposed to have. My drum set lessons are being done over Zoom or whatever streaming software... and I have to do pad work and then stuff on my desk basically... it doesn't feel the same," he says.
News 12 asked Frank who he blames for the situation. He said he blames the students for being, in his words, "stupid." He also blames the school for not testing every student when they got there.

He said he's just ready for the quarantine to be over.
Elsewhere, a total of 13 students have been suspended at SUNY Fredonia. As News 12 has reported, SUNY Cobleskill also had a dozen students suspended after they hosted and attended parties over the weekend. The school's chancellor of schools confirmed that two students tested positive for the virus. At SUNY Geneseo, nine students were suspended along with two fraternities and a sorority.


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