An Out of This World Homecoming Week

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It has been over a month since the entirety of Wesleyan participated in the biggest week of the year, Homecoming. It goes without saying that this event is unparalleled in its size and significance to Wesleyan. It is the event that brings the past, present and future of the school together to experience true community and comradery.  It is the event that every student looks forward to each year with great anticipation. It is the event that introduces the freshmen to their high school maturation and begins the seniors send off into college preparation. It is the ambitious, auspicious occasion at the beginning of the year that sets the tone and gives the school enthusiastic inspiration. Homecoming is a memorable affair that every year, gets bigger and bigger.

Homecoming season began with the reveal of its theme and this year’s Homecoming reveal was nothing short of explosive, literally. On the first Monday of the school year, students filed into Austin Chapel with eagerness. They were treated to a viewing of the trailer put together by student government. After watching the trailer, it was revealed to them that the theme for this year would be: “Out of this World.”  A theme that not only encompassed space, stars and planets, but the idea of innovative thinking and imagination. A common idea presented by the entire student government was the concept of not just thinking “out of the box,” but thinking “out of this world” in order to have the greatest school year possible. This concept really resonated with the entire school.

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Finding Your Voice

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Dear Wesleyan Community,

How do you find your voice? Rather, have you found your voice? Do you take pride in speaking loudly for others, or do you lead silently by example? When you feel so defeated, so beaten down, where do you find the strength to speak up? Do you advocate for things you’re passionate about, or do you wait in silence for the pieces to fall into place? Growing up in a large public school with a class of over 900 students, I had to find my voice very quickly. I had to learn at a young age to speak up for the passions that I felt strongly about and to protect my peers that didn’t feel like they had a voice to speak up for themselves. So, here I am. This is what has made me the person that I am today.

Coming to Wesleyan as a freshman, I had to learn to tone my voice down. At a school with so few people, I haven’t had to substitute myself in for others. Everyone at Wesleyan has a voice, and I’ve found through my three years here that everyone uses theirs. Whether it be through writing and producing the Green and Gold, cheering loudly for the football team on Friday nights or standing up in front of my classmates and singing on Thursdays in chapel, I have found many unique ways to use my voice at Wesleyan. These ways are immensely different than any that I would have been able to accomplish where I was. Although I do miss the voices and faces of my friends from the past, I am pleased to recognize the voices of where I am now. As co-editor-in-chief of the Green and Gold this year, it is essential for me to present you the information of the world through the voices of the students that work diligently to produce the newspaper. From controversial world news, to the happenings on campus and the gripping features on seniors and students, I hope that reading each issue of the Green and Gold brings you joy, knowing that it was produced with dedication and passion. Thank you for contributing to the Green and Gold by offering your time and eyes to read it.

Sincerely,

Anna Grace Bowling, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Happy Tik-Toktober

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Slowly but surely, the new social media platform, Tik-Tok, has taken over the world. The app started out as Musical.ly but slowly transitioned into a “Vine-like” app, now known as Tik-Tok. Tik-Tok has become a very popular source of entertainment, not only for children, but also for adults. A survey was sent out to each high school grade to find out everyone’s true opinion on Tik-Tok and the impact it has made. Additionally, Communications Creative Director Brooke Dant, freshman Aubrey Alecxih and junior Jack Jones were asked what they personally think about the app.

The seven-question Tik-Tok survey was sent out to the student body. The survey included a question asking about daily Tik-Tok usage. The most common response was 15-30 minutes daily. Alecxih said she normally spends two hours daily. When asked if you prefer making Tik-Toks, watching Tik-Toks or both, watching Tik-Toks received the highest votes. Although Alecxih enjoys making Tik-Toks, she prefers and spends more time watching them. Knowing that Tik-Tok has become a new trend, another question asked the students if they agreed that the app has taken over other social media platforms; a majority of the students said “yes.”

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Keeping Up with College Freshmen

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Going to college is a scary new experience, but when graduating from Wesleyan, alumni can have the confidence that there is always a community back home to rely on. Reminiscing on their high school experiences, recently graduated Wesleyan seniors Jordyn Shackford (’19), Ashwin Gidwani (’19) and Ella V. Cooper (’19) give advice and guidance to soon-to-be college freshmen.

When asked what her favorite part of college has been thus far, Wesleyan Evergreen and current freshman at Auburn University, Jordyn Shackford, said, “Definitely the freedom and having more time to get work done during the day. Also, meeting so many different people from different states and being part of a sorority has been so fun.” Shackford paints college at Auburn to be a dream, but there was also loads of important information she wished she had known during her transition from high school to college and hopes rising college freshmen don’t make the same mistakes. She said, “You need to take advantage of the time with your friends because you will all be going completely different ways next year, and also ask your teachers for their best advice for college because college professors have no idea who you are and won’t care, and the Wesleyan teachers know you and care about you so much. You can’t study like you did in high school, and you should do research on the free tutors and resources the college offers to help you in your classes.” Shackford hopes to be a help and a guide for graduated seniors who are looking for guidance and clarity in their preparation for college. Keep Reading

Impeachment Inquiry against President Trump

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This has been a fascinating year filled with surprises in the United States, and the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump is certainly a highlight. On Sept. 24, Nancy Pelosi, the leader of the Democratic Party in the House of Representatives of Congress, announced the beginning of an official impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump. This is only the fourth time Congress has gone through with this type of inquiry with a United States President. AP Government teacher Chris Yoder said, “The other three presidents who seriously faced impeachment include Andrew Johnson, who came one vote short of removal in the Senate, Richard Nixon, who resigned before the impeachment process in the House was over, and Bill Clinton who was impeached but not voted out of office in the Senate.” Keep Reading

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