Mammoth Moments in Miniature: Nov. 9 to Nov. 15

Mammoth Moments in Miniature provides quick updates on notable campus news that has occurred since the last issue. In this week’s installment: the administration announces an updated masking policy, the Take Your Professor/Staff Out program returns, and more.

Administration Announces Updated Masking Policy

On Friday, Nov. 11, the administration sent an email to the campus community announcing an update to the college’s masking policy. As a result of consistently low case loads on campus, effective Wednesday, Nov. 15, masks are optional in all on campus locations apart from the Keefe Health Center and the Covid-19 Testing Center. Masks will be optional in all classrooms and labs going forward, except for those with instructors who elect to maintain the requirement.

Take Your Professor/Staff Out Program Returns

The college’s Take Your Professor/Staff Out Program has returned for the first time since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. The program, designed to enrich the college community by allowing students, faculty, and staff to develop relationships outside of the classroom and work environment by sharing a meal at 30Boltwood, will run through the remainder of the fall semester, ending on Dec. 10. The program will return in the spring semester.

Val Suspends Service of Deli Meats and Cheeses

Valentine Dining Hall has temporarily suspended serving its regular selection of deli meats and cheeses in response to an alert from the Centers for Disease Control announcing a recent listeria outbreak connected to a wide variety of deli products. Thus far, 16 people across the nation, including two in Massachusetts, have developed documented illnesses as a result of eating contaminated deli products in this wave of contamination.