Photo Essay: From Crowded Campus to Ghost Town

Photos from California State University, Northridge during California’s coronavirus lockdown.

CSUN declared they would move to total online learning for the remainder of the semester on March 17th, 2020. Since then, students and non-essential employees have been told to stay home until it is safe to return, leaving the campus feeling very different than it did before spring break.

All photos taken by Danielle Tranter on March 31, 2020:

One of the entrances to Manzanita Hall, the journalism building, at CSUN in Northridge, Calif. This entrance is usually backed up by traffic coming in and out of the building and has skateboarders performing tricks outside. Now, it’s empty with campus closures in effect through the rest of the semester.
A portion of the Sierra Walk between Manzanita Hall (left) and Sierra Hall (right) at CSUN in Northridge, Calif. Manzanita’s hallways remain empty with classes being moved fully online for the remainder of the Spring semester.
The CSUN Campus Bookstore has no customers, but still remains open during the week to fulfill online orders while campus is closed. According to the Campus Bookstore website, their limited hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Three K-9 units parked in the courtyard outside of the Oviatt Library at CSUN in Northridge, Calif.
The empty entrance in front of the Oviatt Library at CSUN in Northridge, Calif.
CSUN theater student Jack Reyes studies alone on the steps outside of the Oviatt Library at CSUN in Northridge, Calif. Many CSUN students occupy this area to study and be with friends, but due to the coronavirus, they are staying home now that classes have been moved online.
The entrance to the Sierra Walk outside of Sierra Tower at CSUN in Northridge, Calif. Once class ends, students and faculty often use this walkway as a route to class or office hours.
The sign that shows available parking indicates that there are 1,256 empty spaces in the B5 parking structure at CSUN in Northridge, Calif. During normal instruction, cars line up outside of the entrance waiting for a parking spot.
Etiwanda Street in Northridge, Calif. runs through CSUN’s campus and remains occupied by maintenance workers and other essential employees only.
The Plummer Street bus stop located outside of the Extended University Commons at CSUN in Northridge, Calif. has nobody waiting for the Metro to come and pick them up.
The outside portion of the B5 parking lot at CSUN in Northridge, Calif. is empty.

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