Stock photo of a crowded beach courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.
“Dayton 2 Daytona” has been a tradition at the University of Dayton since 1977. After the end of the school year, many University of Dayton upperclassmen have spent about a week in Florida lounging on a hotel’s pool deck and drinking heavily.
But on March 27, the organizing committee, which has been unaffiliated from the university since 2018, announced on Instagram that the annual trip would be postponed due to COVID-19.
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The committee is heartbroken to announce that Dayton2Daytona has been postponed. This decision was way out of the committee’s hands and was made based on the safety of students and staff, as well as corresponding to the closings of hotels, clubs, and beaches in Daytona. We are just as devastated as each of you and realize how important D2D is to seniors and juniors. We will provide more updates as we get them. Thank you for all your support, patience and understanding. We will get to the pool deck one way or another!!
The committee, which is comprised of UD juniors and seniors, is hoping to set a new date later in 2020. According to the Instagram post, this is contingent on rules about group gatherings and travel conditions.
Students are not optimistic.
“The problem with a makeup Daytona is that there are people starting grad school and/or people who will have jobs lined up and won’t be able to take off,” said a senior from Cincinnati.
“I think they should do the makeup this summer but give the option of a full refund.”
The committee said only partial refunds can be given to students who cannot attend the make-up dates.
This is because most of the dues go to outside vendors, so the amount that is refunded depends on the willingness of these vendors to return the money back.
“There is no way a huge crowd will be allowed to gather this summer,” said a senior from Pittsburgh.
“Even if the virus ‘clears’ up, there will be many restrictions from local government.”
“Dayton 2 Daytona” is still selling trips, even though there isn’t a set date.
Flyer News reached out to the “Dayton 2 Daytona” organizing committee and received a response from Campus Vacations, the company that organizes the trip, which reiterated the same information that was highlighted in the Instagram post.