Mask Up, Move In

by | Sep 25, 2020 | On Campus

Photography from the archive and by Gregory Urquiaga, Jeremiah Noel and Alex Fisher-Wagner

Students are “mooving” into campus housing for a very different fall quarter. Gone are the crowds, for a couple of reasons.

What used to be Moove-In Weekend is now spread over two weeks, by appointment only, to allow for physical distancing. Each student can have only one helper.

Last week saw about 600 transfer students get settled at the university’s new apartment complex, The Green at West Village. Moove-In at the residence halls is taking place this week, through Thursday (Sept. 24) — about 1,800 students in single-occupancy rooms. See how students are tested for COVID-19 before Moove-In.

Face coverings are required, of course, and Student Housing and Dining Services staff are cleaning move-in carts after each use.

Chancellor Gary S. May and LeShelle May have in past years rolled up their sleeves and helped haul guitars, clothing and other items, but COVID-19 safety measures meant the most they could do was return empty carts and welcome students to campus before they headed inside.

Transfer students line up last week to enter The Green at West Village apartment complex.

New track athlete Kalah Bateman moves in to her new room on campus.

The Green at West Village opened to its first residents last week.

The check-in process looked very different this year, with the addition of required masks and plexiglass separators.

Chancellor Gary S. May helped the new campus residents, returning carts during Moove-In at The Green.

Kirsten DePersis, director of facilities for Student Housing and Dining Services, sprays disinfectant on Moove-In carts.

The new protocols didn’t dampen the excitement for new students.