Eau Claire (WQOW)- Hundreds of student-athletes at UW-Eau Claire won't be playing this semester following the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's decision to cancel fall sports. However, not just student-athletes are feeling the impact.
The Blugold Marching Band, student media and homecoming will all be subject to changes this coming school year following that decision.
The Blugold Marching Band will be divided into six subgroups for the semester.
Rather than performing at football games or traveling to other field shows, the marching band will focus its attention on recruitment, creating videos for a YouTube channel and small performances on campus.
Bridget Kelley, editor-in-chief of UWEC's student-run newspaper, "The Spectator," said a lack of sporting events will limit the content of the newspaper.
She added that "The Spectator" is considering another semester of online-only content.
"We have a sports section and a sports editor for that sports section, which is two pages of our paper that we won't be able to fill. Other sections will lose content because we cover things like Homecoming and we cover things like campus events that revolve around sports," Kelley said.
Kimera Way, president of the UW-Eau Claire Foundation, said this year's homecoming will be celebrated virtually.
Blugolds from all around the world will be able to share photos and favorite memories from college or participate in contests for UWEC swag prizes.
"We always like to look for the lemonade in the lemons, so to speak, and you know, we think there's an opportunity, hopefully, to connect with more people than people who couldn't physically come here even if we were having an in-person homecoming," Way said.
Way said her heart goes out to the students who were planning on participating in athletics this year but she supports prioritizing the safety of those students above all else.