Beating Kentucky Last Night Was Terrific, But LSU’s COVID Policy Is An Airball

Last night, Will Wade’s LSU Tiger basketball team fought through a tough opponent in No. 16 Kentucky for a dramatic 65-60 victory to push their record to 13-1 and even their SEC mark to 1-1. The game ended in a wild scramble with LSU outhustling the Wildcats for a pair of late baskets as the crowd whipped itself into a frenzy…

LSU exhorted its fans to “Pack the PMAC” for the game, as the loud crowd was a necessary element of the win. Nobody – at least nobody other than the mass COVID hysteria brigade – saw anything wrong with that. There were almost 12,000 fans in the building last night, a near-capacity crowd.

But there’s a bit of a disconnect at work here. Because here’s what else LSU is pushing

(The Center Square) – Louisiana State University (LSU) has issued new COVID-19 protocols for the school’s upcoming spring semester, encompassing in-person learning, vaccines and masks.

LSU is the state’s largest university per student population. The new rules will affect an estimated 36,000 students, as well as faculty and staff, and build on last year’s self-imposed vaccine mandate, LSU President William Tate said.

“In consultation with our faculty Health and Medical Advisory Committee, and looking carefully at the nationwide surge of the Omicron variant, we are building on our successful approach from the fall and providing you with our protocols for the spring 2022 semester,” Tate said.

Instructors with courses listed in the spring catalog will have the option to teach remotely for the first two weeks of classes, the protocols read. In-class teaching will only be required after the two-week period if the “community and campus” COVID-19 positivity rates are below 10%.

Masks will be required both indoors and within 50 feet of school building entrances, the protocols state. Masks are also mandatory at campus events and on campus buses.

“Cloth masks are acceptable but K-N95 and N95 masks offer the best protection to the wearer and are encouraged. Masks should completely cover the nose and mouth,” a statement said.

The school’s vaccine mandate will also remain in place despite being one of the strictest COVID-19 university policies in the Southeast.

“Our student vaccination rate of over 84 percent represents the best in the state for public universities and is among the highest vaccination percentages in the SEC (Southeastern Conference),” Tate said.

Unvaccinated students, faculty and staff will be required to comply with existing testing rules.

“Each week, 25 percent of all unvaccinated students will be tested using a stratified approach to ensure each week’s sample is generalizable to the student population based on living arrangement (i.e., on-campus or off-campus) and other factors,” the protocols said.

The mask Nazis were definitely not out at the PMAC last night. The fans attended as normal.

Meanwhile, there’s word that LSU’s University Laboratory School just suspended a nine-year-old fourth grader for not having a mask on at school.

Maybe the fourth-graders just need to attend class in the PMAC?

A nine-year-old has been suspended from University Lab, a school located on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, after refusing to wear a mask inside his fourth grade classroom.

The student was suspended Tuesday, Jan. 4, the first day students were back in the classroom following the holiday break.

The boy’s father, Kyle Robichaux, said he stands behind his son’s decision. He added that he believes it is “buffoonish” for students to be required to wear masks in the classroom while thousands are allowed to gather inside the nearby Pete Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC) for basketball games where no masks are required. Nearly 12,000 fans were inside the PMAC Tuesday night to watch the LSU men’s basketball team play against Kentucky. The vast majority of those fans were not wearing a mask.

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