In-person mandatory CBE department seminars for graduate students
The issue is the current plan to have 70 students gathered inside a closed classroom every Friday for 1h, amid a global pandemic. Then, if you happen to get sick (perhaps for the second time), you are not allowed on campus for 1-2 weeks.
If the mentality is that we are all going to get COVID anyway, then hey, let us keep doing our work while infected, and stop nagging us to waste time at home. If, on the other hand, the CBE is actually concerned and wishes not to promote the spread of the disease, then CBE can do better to keep their grad students safe and productive by offering online or hybrid seminars instead.
An update: we pretty much have been told that the final decision is not up to them, but upper management at Mines - which has shamelessly decided to continue face-to-face lectures, despite the already ongoing staff shortage on campus caused by the Omicron wave.