Presenting Binghamton’s #MaskUpBing Contest

Posted by Kaitlyn Hart and Lauren Kidd on September 11, 2020

With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the campus community and beyond, we wanted to bring people together in a safe and fun manner, as well as encourage mask wearing. We asked students to wear their most creative masks and get their photo taken for our #MaskUpBing Contest. From tie-dye to dragonflies, Binghamton students didn’t disappoint with their creativity and concern for the health and safety of others. Vote your favorite on any of our social platforms!

Isabelle Limbert, First-Year Student

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“Why do you wear your mask?”

“My mom is a public health nurse, so she’s very adamant that you have to do everything you can. It’s important to protect everyone.”

Andrew Johnson, Junior

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“What made you choose this mask?”

“My grandma made it for me, and it was fresh because the other ones had little metal pieces that were all wrangled. Red has been my favorite color for a long time.”

Madison Prudente, Sophomore

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“Why do you wear your mask?”

“I just wear my mask because I feel like it’s our moral duty as part of society. I know I get mad when other people don’t wear masks, so I wouldn't want someone to think that of me.”

Tiffany Figgs, Junior

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“What made you choose this mask?”

“I got it off of Etsy and I like plaid. It’s about to be fall. I have a lot of neutral masks because I like to have pops of color in my wardrobe.”

Justin Baez, First-Year Student

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“Why do you wear your mask?”

“It’s just respectful and it’s safe, so that’s why you wear it. It doesn’t phase me. I was working before I came here and I was wearing a mask for like 10 hours every day, so I don’t mind it at all.”

Ashleigh Aulet, Sophomore

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“What made you decide to design a mask like this?”

“I thought it’d be cool and fun to do. I’m actually a bio major, but art is one of my hobbies. I love to do it.”

Carly Rosenblatt, First-Year Student

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“Why do you wear your mask?”

“I’m an EMT, so I wear it for awareness. I also like the dogs.”

Thiyasha Kodituwakku, Junior

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“What made you choose this mask?”

“My dad bought it for me. And my dad and I are best friends, so I thought, why not?”

Jacob Bouffard, Senior and Lauren Mizerny, Junior

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“What inspired this mask?”

“My girlfriend, Lauren, actually made it! She really wanted to enter the #MaskUpBing Contest but couldn’t be here, so I brought the masks for her. She loves crafting and animals, and she’s the sweetest person you’ll ever meet.”

Olivia Condos, Senior

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“Why do you wear a mask?”

“I don’t know what I’m carrying and I don’t know who is around me. For that reason alone -- not even for me not getting it, but for me not giving it -- I wear a mask.”

Hannah White, Senior

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“What made you choose this mask?”

“I work at the gym and our uniform is blue, so I bought a mask to match my uniform.”

Harvey Stenger, President

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“How do you feel about seeing all the students back on campus, and seeing everyone wear masks?”

“It’s a little strange, but it makes me feel like the students are really in this together. I see students walking down the streets all by themselves, and they’re still wearing masks! They don’t want people to ever think that they’re not trying to protect other people. It’s really selfless and there’s a lot of compassion in the students for doing that.”

Takia Tafanum, Junior

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“How and why did you make your mask?”

“When we moved in they gave us the white masks, so I made this with markers for the contest and for Green Day Friday.”

Kayleigh Scuderi, First-Year Student

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“What made you pick this mask?”


“I saw it while shopping and I knew I needed a cool mask for college. It’s also very similar to a cow print, and I love cow patterns.”

Bhumesh Kaushal, Senior

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“Why did you choose this mask?”

“Red is one of my favorite colors. And I liked the camouflage pattern and how it isn’t just red, but a mix of other colors as well.”

Lexi Rosenberg, Sophomore

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“How did you make your mask?”

“When I was home, my mom and I spent a lot of time getting plain white ones, and we tie-dyed them together to bond before I came to college. I’m also an EMT, so I think it’s my duty to protect other people and myself by wearing a mask.”

Kristina Bell, Senior

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“As a senior, how does it feel to be back on campus and have it be so different?”

“I feel good seeing all the safety measures Binghamton has gone through. Not seeing everyone every day, just in passing, is hard. I’ve found that, even with different clubs that I’m a part of, being able to see everyone on Zoom definitely helps.”

Spencer Freer, First-Year Student

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“What’s it like being a first-year student this year, during the pandemic?”

“It’s definitely weird! It’s hard to meet new people, but I’ve also become very close to my flatmates in Dickinson. It honestly feels like we’ve become a family, which is something I didn’t expect.”

Audrey Pesek, Sophomore

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“Why do you wear your mask?”

“My roommate’s mom made it for me! We’re on the swim team together. But I have asthma and my dad has asthma, so I always make sure to wear it in public because I wouldn’t want anything to happen to either of us.”

Amelia Ryan, Senior

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“What’s a change that you’ve noticed coming back to campus this year?

“I’m an RA, so I’ve seen the culture of the dorms change this year. Socializations in the community have changed; I haven’t been able to hang out with residents as much. But I feel like now we get to value our interactions with each other a lot more now when we do have them!”

Bernard Fleming, Graduate Student

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“Why did you choose that mask?”

“I love fashion! I figure we all have to wear them, so we’ve got to make it look good. It’s just another part of your outfit now. Just like you match your shirt to the rest of your clothes, why not match your mask too?”

Vote for your favorites!

Help us pick the winners of the #MaskUpBing contest! Leave a comment on any of our social media platforms telling us which mask(s) are your favorite, or email us your picks at social@binghamton.edu.

Kaitlyn Hart is an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations and a junior double-majoring in English rhetoric and political science, with a minor in anthropology. She loves to write, watch movies and spend way too many hours of the day on TikTok.

Lauren Kidd is an intern in the Office of Media and Public Relations, and a senior majoring in creative writing and minoring in graphic design. She loves photography, writing and listening to music.

Have questions, comments or concerns about the blog? Email us at social@binghamton.edu.