Cartoon: Distance

Adlai Brandt Ogman illustrates the struggles caused and exacerbated by social distancing

Adlai Brandt-Ogman
April 19, 2020
Campus & Culture

Weeks into coronavirus, distance learning over video conferencing apps like Zoom has become a new normal. But under the surface, problems old and new persist.

Some students struggle from decreased financial security due to lost work study and other lost employment or wages in their families. Others live in densely populated hotspots, where sirens pierce the unnerving silence of empty cities and bodies are piled into mass graves. Foreign students living on the other side of the Earth, or even just a few timezones away, must grapple with detrimentally disjointed work and sleep schedules.

All this has spurred a heated movement among students to demand a grading policy more lenient than the current NRO policy. So far, they have had no luck. And so the exacerbation continues.

Adlai Brandt-Ogman

Adlai (‘21) is the Editorial Cartoonist. He is a prospective Media Studies Major. He has contributed to the Fumetto Magazine and has designed shirts for Vassar’s fencing team. In addition to his interest in art, he’s on Vassar’s Men’s Fencing varsity team and plays classical guitar.