The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the lives of the BGSU Falcon Family. BGSU students, staff, faculty, families, and alumni, as well as local businesses serving BGSU students, are all negotiating how to adapt to sudden changes. The Bowling Green State University Libraries’ Center for Archival Collections would like to invite all with a connection to Bowling Green State University to share their experiences during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic. The CAC then plans to preserve these stories for future Falcons at the Center for Archival Collections.
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The waters are receding at Centennial Hall. Lucky that move out happened long ago, and not in the midst of flooding. Silver linings to the pandemic I suppose. (Not that this makes up for it at all.)
Now that the semester has ended, BGSU is much more quiet. I'm less concerned about the maskless now that we cam maintain a social distance of several buildings away.
Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
The curbside pickup system installed at the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library
A floral display outside the fine arts building. Outdoor installations have more visibility then indoor ones during the pandemic.
End of year messages
SICSIC left end of year messages on the facade of the Bowen Thompson Student Union.
American Legion Ralph D. Cole Post 3
American Legion Ralph D. Cole Post 3 in Findlay, Ohio is now advertising lunch, and is offering carry out. I think that carry out is great for avoiding prolonged time indoors during the pandemic.
Side note: The Independent Torpedo Co building can be seen in the background.
Great Scott Supermarket Super Heros
Great Scott in Downtown Findlay, thanking its Supermarket Super Heroes on an outdoor banner.
A soccer tournament on campus. I don't care so much about the activity at the tournament since it was outside, but the people who came were crazy elsewhere. East Wooster Street at lunch was crazy. Packed restaurants all over. It looked way busier than most of 2019. That's good for business, but…
Pagliai's pizza features a revised entrance in the COVID-19 era. They've adopted curbside pickup. Smart businesses like this adapt to changing circumstances.
Earth Day Cars
Electric and Hybrid cars on display in the Union Oval during Earth Day. 3 Teslas, 1 Chevrolet, and 1 Toyota. An easy and relatively safe display during COVID-19.
ISKON at Earth Day
The International Society of Krishna Consciousness set up a desk by the Union Oval for earth day. Most participants that day were outside, as the weather was nice, and it's safer from COVID-19.
Free Seeds being given away outside on campus by the Wood County Democrats for earth day. Most activities are outdoors due to COVID-19, but the weather makes it alright.
A Quilted Bench outside of the Union to raise awareness for Sexual Assault Awareness month. Because of COVID-19 I think outdoor displays like this are more effective.
Multiple games of cornhole at the Bowen-Thompson Quadrangle. Games outside are said to be safer than Games inside.
Outdoor Arcade Machine
A Pong Machine set up in the Union Oval for outdoor festivities on Wednesday night. Unlike the traditional pong video game, the pieces appear to be physical rather then a screen.
For gaming historians: This appears to be the same or similar model as the $4,500 "Atari Pong Table" shown at CES…
Light Up the Night
Flames dot the Bowen-Thompson Quadrangle in front of University Hall as students socialize outside. Outdoor contact is thought to be safer then indoor contact.
Vaccine Waiting Area
Very professional and nice setup at the Wal-Mart vaccine center! This is the waiting area for the 15 minute post administration period.
The Basketball Hoops outside of Kreischer Quadrangle had previously been removed due to COVID-19. Recently I noticed they were reinstalled. To be honest, it didn't stop anyone from practicing dribbling, and passing, etc.
Early on I had been primarily concerned with a lack of mask wearing and…
Cherry Trees ~ Duality ~
Cherry Trees are in Bloom on campus. Many people are outside. Many not wearing masks outside. Many not wearing masks inside. The world is in bloom now. We will see how close this duality holds. Will the flowers who bloomed early fall early? Nature is truly terrific.
A BGSU Firelands car visiting the main campus. I wonder what COVID-19 has been like on that campus?
Williams Hall Notice Board
A temporary notice board at Williams Hall. This reduces the need for physical contact with people.
Photo of an outdoor family gathering for Easter 2021. After seeing the photo I noticed that we were all standing spaced out, out of habit. After the Easter egg hunt, instead of going inside for a meal, we got in the car, with my daughter screaming the whole way home "I wanna stay at grandma's!"
Student Government Campaigning
A campaign card for a student government campaign found on the third floor of the Bowen Thompson Student Union. When face to face isn't possible, people find a way.
Live & Loud
An ad for Live & Loud chalked by the Union Oval. Online events still need advertised, and with how saturated inboxes have gotten, people are resorting to live promotion again.
Perry Field House Roundabout Vaccination Site
The Perry Field House Roundabout during the vaccine drive Tuesday. EMS (Emergency Media Services) and LEO (Law Enforcement Officers) are on standby in case they are needed.
Perry Field House Vaccination Site
The entrance to the Perry Field House during the vaccine drive Tuesday. I had to wait a bit and angle this shot to avoid including identifiable people in my shot, since there were a lot here.
Sports games are starting to return to public view. Here a game of baseball can be seen at the Warren E. Steller Field of the Garry Haas Stadium at Bowling Green State University.
Tuffy Auto Service Center
A Tuffy Auto Service Center in Bowling Green, Ohio on South Main Street with a humorous COVID-19 related sign
The entrance to the Broad Avenue Great Scot supermarket in Findlay, Ohio. COVID-19 related banners and signs have been posted.
Now that my family is being vaccinated, I'm helping them take care of their deferred technology problems. One such task is scanning dug up photographs. This photo is one I am proud to handle - A photo of a distant relative, the young Tell Taylor. What songs would he write today?
Face Mask Vending Machine
Photo of the Face Mask Vending Machine at Woodland Mall in Bowling Green, Ohio.
Attached is a copy of my COVID-19 test results from January 2021. By the time I received my results, I already knew I had COVID 19 due to the symptoms I was experiencing. I captured my digital test results as my reminder of the pandemic.
Proust's Peroxide Madeleine
The iconic cleaner of the Covid years at BGSU, I have been conditioned to find the scent comforting, it's the scent of performative cleaning and a talisman for warding off disease. Many years in the future the smell will trigger sense memories of the mask tugging at my ears, the sting of hand…
Justice for Stone, at the Stone. When hitting the street is undesirable due to social distancing, graffiti where it is permitted at this rock makes a strong social statement.
Good Riddance ΠΚΑ
Farewell ΠΚΑ (Pi Kappa Alpha).
I'm not sure which is worse: Killing someone directly, or holding a super spreader event that will likely kill more. Unfortunately, it would appear that this chapter chose both, besmirching the name of their national, and all Greek orgs in the process. Already I…
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad they shovel snow on campus. It's better than the alternative. However having these steep banks makes it tough to social distance by dipping into the grass. It makes it much more critical to dodge the people who won't give appropriate space.