NDB makes masks a “personal choice”: Interviews with community members about the new masking guidelines

Tuesday, March 15 marked the first day of NDB’s new masking guidelines that made mask-wearing on campus, both indoors and outdoors, a “personal choice.”  The Catalyst interviewed several community members, from students to faculty members to parents.

Helen Ciernick, Spiritual Life teacher
Elizabeth Topalian, Cousin of Bella Topalian, ’23
Payton Sellers, ’23
Leonardo Bardomero, Mathematics teacher
Jonathan Tomczak, Social Science Department Chair
Ally Co, ’23
Krista Mananquil, ’23
Sra. Blanchard, Teacher
Lynn Cookinham, Parent
Cat Ochoa, ’24
Annie Lester ’24
Martha Anne Kuntz, Visual and Performing Arts Department Chair

Glen, Sapilewski

The Catalyst (TC): Have you heard that Notre Dame has gone mask optional? Glen Sapilewski (GS): Yes, I heard it briefly today.    TC: What was your initial reaction when you heard that?  GS: I thought it was appropriate and in line with what other organizations were doing in this area.   TC: Okay, and how do you think that it's a good thing? GS: Oh, I think in general, ...

Wendy Connolly, History Teacher
Mary Hadinger, parent
Caitlin Degnan ’24
Sara Muzzi, sister, ’25
Rick Bond, parent
Jennifer Walton, Math teacher
Stephanie Boyd, Parent, NDB ’94
Georgia Blaney, ’23
Michelle Campusano, NDB counselor
Barbara Tauskey, Student Services Coordinator
Ted Daley, parent
Flora Burke, parent
Lauren Zerella, ’25
Annie Stump, ’25
Chloe Parkinson, ’23
Alexa Neilson, ’22
Ali Ceschin, sister, NDB ’18
Theresa Hamilton, Parent
Marissa Bergquist, ’22
Ava Lough, ’22

Matthew Hankins, History teacher

Gulianna Ceschin, News Editor

The Catalyst (TC): What was your initial reaction to the masking guidelines? Matthew Hankins (MH): My initial reaction was a bit mixed. On the one hand, I was kind of looking forward to being able to take the mask off at school and see everyone’s faces. At the same time, COVID is still here and still an issue   TC: Why do you choose to wear a mask or not wear a mask? MH: It’s very situational for me. When I’m ...

Kaila Acbay, ’22

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