'PODS Squad' wraps up fall semester at Rice

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(Video by Brandon Martin)

Inside the Lovett College commons July 29, Lovett President Chloe Oani and her fellow “PODS Squad” members were busy doing something they hadn’t been able to in months: sit down for a meal together. Spread across several couches and tables — physically distanced, and wearing masks when they weren’t eating burritos — the group of eight was taking a break between unloading storage containers and moving boxes inside.

Oani and her volunteer squad were among the first Rice students to return to the university following the closure of campus in March, and they were among the last to leave for winter break as they recently wrapped up six months of work.