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Masks Up!

Read why the W&M community masked up to keep our campus safe

Kwaku Ofosu wearing a navy blue mask.

Kwaku Ofosu '24

“I think it's important for us to contain the virus because I want for us to be back to normal as soon as possible. Life is kind of weird right now, and masks will help us get back to normal.”

Professor Randy Chambers holds up a plastic insert while wearing a mask on campus.

Rex Kinkaid

As the Director of the Master’s Degree Program in Computational Operations, Rex admits it’s not that much fun to wear a mask, but he does it to protect others. “Given how many problems there have been on other college campuses, I feel like anything we can do to not have the same issues happen here would be helpful and help us survive.” Rex uses plastic inserts behind his mask while lecturing, and says it helps a lot while talking to his students.

Helen Tariku gives a "thumbs up" in her pink, floral mask.

Helen Tariku '21

“I wear a mask because I know that - as an individual - I can’t solve coronavirus, but I feel like wearing a mask is my way of doing my part to stop the spread and flatten the curve. Everybody needs to do their part. It’s a group effort and working together as a community is the best way to help one another. I can’t get you to help me if you're not willing to help me. I think that’s why it’s so important that we get everybody in our community willing to help in this effort.” When she was heading back to campus in the fall, Helen received a gift package with a bunch of masks with fun patterns, and says it was the perfect going away gift (for this year at least).

Alec Davis '24 wears a blue mask outdoors

Alec Davis '24

“It’s a community effort. You can't just have one person or a few people doing it. It’s only successful if everyone does it.” Alec says while there isn’t anything special about this blue mask, he has a bunch of different ones. The one he gets the most comments on has llamas on it.

Arianna Stewart '24 wears a N-95 mask on campus.

Arianna Stewart '24

“I mask up to protect others and myself from COVID-19, and to decrease the spread.”

Professor Randy Chambers wearing a bike helmet and a mask outdoors.

Randy Chambers

As the Director of the Keck Environmental Lab, Randy says masking up makes sense scientifically. “All of the evidence suggests mask wearing is the thing we can do until we have a vaccine. Until then, the cautionary principle applies and wearing a mask is the best thing we can do at this point, in addition to social distancing. It's the socially conscious thing to do. I want to protect myself, but I also want to avoid infecting others as well.”

Mackie Storage '21 wears a light pink mask on campus.

Mackie Storage '21

“I mask up because I want to protect everyone on campus and protect myself. I would rather wear a mask and be here than not be here. Being on campus is such a wonderful experience and if we have to wear masks in order to be here then we should. I wouldn’t want to jeopardize anyone else’s experience.”

Jerrick Bravo wears a N-95 mask on campus.

Jerrick Bravo '24

“I mask up to make sure I am safe and that everyone else around me is safe, and so I’m doing my part so that everyone else can stay here on campus. I think it’s important because we are all in this together and if one person starts to disobey the regulations, more people will catch on and it will fall out slowly. It’s important that everyone is vigilant in doing their part so we can all stay healthy together.”

Kat DeBusk '23 wears a black mask on campus.

Kat DeBusk '23

"I mask up to keep my community healthy and to keep my friends safe. I really love this campus and I want to be here for a long time, so I want to do my part and I want everyone else to do their part too. I think we have done a great job so far, and I hope we continue to do that and be conscious of the people around us and the people we are sharing spaces with.”