Day in the Life: May 1, 2020

On May 1, 2020, The Minnesota Daily's multimedia team spent the day covering the University of Minnesota's campus community. As documentarians with a mission to help create the first draft of history, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 presented both a unique challenge and obligation to approach our duty like never before. Our staff took extensive precautions to make sure that this documentation was in the best interest of everyone involved. It is the Minnesota Daily's mission to hold high professional and ethical standards so that we can provide comprehensive coverage that serves the public interest. We aimed to connect with the people and places that make our campus unique and capture what it embodies during a pivotal moment in history. 

Day in the Life: May 1, 2020

On May 1, 2020, The Minnesota Daily's multimedia team spent the day covering the University of Minnesota's campus community. As documentarians with a mission to help create the first draft of history, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020 presented both a unique challenge and obligation to approach our duty like never before. Our staff took extensive precautions to make sure that this documentation was in the best interest of everyone involved. It is the Minnesota Daily's mission to hold high professional and ethical standards so that we can provide comprehensive coverage that serves the public interest. We aimed to connect with the people and places that make our campus unique and capture what it embodies during a pivotal moment in history. 

5:47 a.m.
"I'm grateful honestly," said Emily Koenig who poses for a portrait outside of her home before leaving for work at ACR Homes. "I would be going crazy," she said. "The people I work with and take care of are like a second little family." (Jack Rodgers / Minnesota Daily)
6:15 a.m.
Shai Schwartz, left, a Dialysis Technician, and Calie Shemwell, right, a Dialysis Nurse, pose for a portrait before heading into work. "I know some are a bit worried about low supplies with masks and other items," said Schwartz, "But we still make due with what we have and do our best to deliver our best patient care." (Jack Rodgers / Minnesota Daily)
4:14 p.m.
Regan Pittman poses for a portrait with her dog, Earl, at the volleyball court in athlete's village, now devoid of nets. Pittman, who still has one more year of eligibility with the volleyball team, is unsure of whether or not she will need to continue training. Earl, however, helps Pittman to "smile and laugh everyday without even having to think about it." (Jack Rodgers / Minnesota Daily)
6:10 p.m.
Mary Clare O'Shea, who returned to campus to work after spending time at home once classes transitioned online, poses for a portrait on her front steps. Currently living with only one other person, "The big thing for me has been realizing how important human connection is," she said. (Jack Rodgers / Minnesota Daily)
7:15 p.m.
From left, Liz Wippler, Ben Javidan, Holland Griffin and Josiah Goodman pose for a portrait outside their home. (Jasmin Kemp / Minnesota Daily)
7:51 p.m.
From left, Juniors MaKenna Tramp, Elizabeth Mann, Jared Estes and Hannh Olund pose for a portrait on the steps of their home. "We've matured a lot emotionally having to spend so much time together," said Tramp. "We've been killing it." (Jack Rodgers / Minnesota Daily)
8:26 p.m.
From left, Alec Lorimer, Joe Zuleger, Josh Bailey, Maggie Penning, Mark Lucivansky, Sam Hanson, Maddie Powell and Rohith Komera pose for a portrait on their roof. Penning and Powell began spending most of their time here at once stay-at-home orders went in to effect. "I felt really isolated in my apartment," said Powell. "I love being here, there's just more people to talk to." (Jack Rodgers / Minesota Daily)
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