The campus closed for the semester on March 16 because of the dangers of the coronavirus. These photos show the effects of this on campus life.

COVID-19: The New King of FCC

As Covid-19 spreads across the states, colleges like Frederick Community College remain empty as students complete their academic responsibilities online.

All buildings on campus have been locked up, all extracurricular activities suspended, and as the president pushes for reopening of the country, many ask the question “are we ready?”

This photo essay shows how quickly life for students, professors and staff at FCC transitioned from an active, engaged college campus to an online format. This format is temporary, but when it will end is unclear.

An empty Jefferson Hall.

“But what does it mean, the plague? It’s life, that’s all.”

― Albert Camus, The Plague

Parking lots and tennis courts are empty.
The campus closed in early March, and won’t reopen until the second summer term, which begins June 26, at the earliest. Because of the uncertainty around this virus, that may change.

“The truth is that everyone is bored and devotes himself to cultivating habits.”

― Albert Camus, The Plague

The spring sports season was in its early weeks when classes were canceled beginning March 16.
Campus is deserted.
Commencement, originally scheduled for May 21, has been rescheduled to August 13.
Picnic tables, normally full of students eating and studying in the pleasant spring weather, are deserted.

“What’s true of all the evils in the world is true of plague as well. It helps men to rise above themselves.”

― Albert Camus, The Plague

All I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it’s up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences.”

― Albert Camus, The Plague

“I have realized that we all have plague, and I have lost my peace. And today I am still trying to find it; still trying to understand all those others and not to be the enemy of anyone. I only know that one must do what one can to cease being plague-stricken, and that’s the only way in which we can hope for some peace or, failing that, a decent death. This, and only this, can bring relief to men and, if not save them, at least do them the least harm possible and even, sometimes, a little good.”

― Albert Camus, The Plague

All I maintain is that on this earth there are pestilences and there are victims, and it’s up to us, so far as possible, not to join forces with the pestilences.”

― Albert Camus, The Plague

“I have realized that we all have plague, and I have lost my peace. And today I am still trying to find it; still trying to understand all those others and not to be the enemy of anyone. I only know that one must do what one can to cease being plague-stricken, and that’s the only way in which we can hope for some peace or, failing that, a decent death. This, and only this, can bring relief to men and, if not save them, at least do them the least harm possible and even, sometimes, a little good.”

― Albert Camus, The Plague

This outdoor study area is normally popular with students and professors as the weather warms, but this spring, it remained empty.

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