Homecoming 2016: America

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Wesleyan will soon set aside its original green and gold colors and embody the iconic red, white and blue. The countdown for homecoming has already begun, and this year’s theme is the most patriotic of them all: America.

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Senior Spotlights

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Lauren Alexander

What colleges are you applying to? Too many to list: Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, UVA, Georgia, Washington and Lee, Villanova.
What were involved with in high school? Tennis, Volleyball, Student government, Honor Council, SALSA.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? When? Zach Green in Kindergarten
What is your most embarrassing moment? Not sure.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Model Arab League.
What is the theme song to your life? “Do My Thang” by Miley Cyrus.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Mrs. Wischerth, because she is hilarious.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Sarah Moon, a phone, and my puppy (Simba).
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Graduated from college and married.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Gather all my friends and feast.

TJ Anderson

What colleges are you applying to? University of Louisville.
What were involved with in high school? SALSA, Honor Society, and Varsity soccer.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? When? Timothy Blain in kindergarten.
What is your most embarrassing moment? I think one of the most embarrassing moments is when I was at dinner with my family and I was trying to use the ketchup. After like a couple minutes it still wasn’t coming out and I flipped it to my face so I could see if something was blocking the ketchup from coming out. And of course when I squeezed the bottle the all of the ketchup exploded over my face at the table!
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish that I took more fun classes as a junior and senior.
What is the theme song to your life?  “Titanium” by Sia.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? I would be Coach Frazier because he teaches PE, but also has coached a lot of sports and is so funny!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? I would bring my phone for music, food, and a boat to get.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Hopefully, playing professional soccer or on the national team. Or if that doesn’t work then working as a pediatrician.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would check things off my Bucket List with my closest family and friends.

Lawson Forro

What colleges are you applying to?  North Georgia Oconee (Athens Campus).
What were involved with in high school? Tennis, Football, and education.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? When? Georgia Kuehn (third grade).
What is your most embarrassing moment? Skipped a family dinner to go on a date with a girl. Turns out the restaurant I picked was where my family was having dinner. Pretended like I didn’t know them until my whole family came to my table before I could pay the bill.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Be more involved with clubs/activities like rocketry club, diversity club, and others.
What is the theme song to your life? The Jaws theme song.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Coach Khedouri. I would get to coach football and ride around in a golf cart all day with my Princess “Oscar”.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Donald Trump, a Trump steak, and a Trump helicopter.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? A serial entrepreneur with a strong hand in American Politics.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Go to Athens.

Natalie Armstrong

What colleges are you applying to?  Samford and Belmont.
What were involved with in high school? Volleyball and basketball.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? When? Kyler Duley
What is your most embarrassing moment? Taking my jersey off at 7U basketball national championships to change colors and my sports bra came with it.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Acapella club.
What is the theme song to your life? “Life is a Highway” by Rascal Flatts.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Gabi Grogan, she is perfect and my role model
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? My dogs, my sister, and food.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I will be married with a kid hopefully, working with special needs children.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Spend time with family and friends.

Ashley Godwin

What colleges are you applying to? I’m applying to UGA, Furman, and Davidson.
What were you involved with in high school? I was involved with swimming, track and field, student government, hand in hand, and student led worship.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Patrick Ramsey…freshman year…what a time to be alive
What is your most embarrassing moment? I went to public school all of elementary school. The year I changed from fourth grade to fifth grade we kept the same hallway. At my old school, we had these ten minute bathroom breaks where the whole grade had time to go to the bathroom. You would wait against the wall if it wasn’t your class’s turn to go. On the first day of school, my class was going to the bathroom, and I assumed the girls bathroom was in the same spot as last year. As I was walking into the bathroom, all the people waiting against the wall started clapping and yelling at me. I thought they were cheering for me (which sounds really dumb but I was a stupid fifth grader so…), but it turns out I was walking into the boys’ bathroom.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish I would have not hurt my shoulder and swam competitively at Swim Atlanta all four years.
What is the theme song to your life? “Super Bass” by Nicki Minaj
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? I would probably be Mrs. Zavitz because she has an awesome family, loves her job and dresses really cute.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Really good music, a speaker, and chocolate.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I hope that I love my job as an occupational therapist or pediatrician. I also hope that I am in a relationship or married.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would eat all my favorite foods, hang out with my family, and do anything I’d want to do.

Whitney Archer

What Colleges are you applying to? Clemson, TCU, Samford, GT, Auburn, UGA
What were you involved with in high school? Young Life, Peer Leadership, Spirit Captain, Mission Trips (South Africa, Panama), Soccer, Cheer & Track.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Mitchell Robinson
What is your most embarrassing moment? On the way to Panama for our mission trip, we had to grab dinner in the airport. So Ellie Hall, Emma Parrish, and I decided to get Panda Express (first mistake of the day). We had to go to the bathroom before heading back to our seats so we brought the food into our stalls. Someone around us slammed their door and all our dinner spills around the floor. So yeah it was really, really awkward walking out of the stall with our rice all over the floor.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish I was a football manager.
What is the theme song to your life? “Let The Good Times Roll” by Ben Rector.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? I would definitely be Kerri White or Greg Lisson… After going to South Africa with these two, I learned how incredibly awesome they are. Coach White gets to hang with the athletes all the time. Mr Lisson is just an all-around awesome guy and has the cutest pup. Definitely my two favorite faculty members.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Chick-Fil-A sweet tea, my phone for my speaker, and my four dogs.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? In ten years, I will hopefully be married, with kids in the future, for sure. I want to have a solid job (either something in the business world, with communications, or a teacher!!) and live somewhere in the south or maybe out west. Eventually, hopefully in 10 years, I will have traveled to adventurous places very often.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours?I would eat a lot of Aomi and Chick-Fil-A. Next I would fly somewhere to meet my two favorite celebrities: Ben Rector and Carrie Underwood. Then, I would road trip up to Lake Burton with all my best friends and go on the lake & hang out at night (definitely stargazing on the dock too).

Jordi Fietz

What colleges are you applying to? The University of Oklahoma and Texas Tech University.
What were you involved with in high school? Cheerleading, Model Arab League, and Hand in Hand.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Colin Hall.
What is your most embarrassing moment? My freshman year when I was a part of the JV cheerleading team, my dad flew in from New Mexico to see my first football game. He thought it would be a great idea to find a wolf hat and wear it as well as howl throughout the entire game. I was horrified.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish I had participated in Student Government, I had done it all throughout middle school and I wish I had kept it up.
What is the theme song to your life? “Defying Gravity” Wicked
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Definitely Mrs. King in Gilfillan! I love the admissions process and I would love to have a part in it!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Chris Pratt because he seems to be able to survive or escape from anything.  Plus, he makes for nice scenery and he’s supposedly hilarious, a powerful spear gun and some high ground because every girl stranded on a deserted island could use a little perspective.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? In 10 years, I hope to be working at the Weather Channel.  I also hope that it would involve summering with my fiancé in Scotland while I complete my UK meteorological research project.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? If I had 24 hours to live, I would probably fly my entire family to Edinburgh, Scotland and spend it in a beautiful country laughing with the people I love.

Anna Alexander

What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Auburn, Samford.
What were you involved with in high school? SALSA, Cheerleading, Lacrosse, Wolf Ambassadors.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Zach Green in 2nd Grade.
What is your most embarrassing moment? When I asked if it was acceptable to wear makeup to 5th grade at “look ahead night” and everyone laughed at me.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish I would have gotten more involved with things like Young Life and SLW.
What is the theme song to your life? NO CLUE!!
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? I would be Mrs. Zavitz because she’s so much fun, everyone likes her and her kids are adorable.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Zoe’s Kitchen chicken kebobs, a computer, and a boat to go home.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I hope that I have a successful career in sports medicine. I hope I’m married and have a cute dog as well.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I’d definitely go sky diving. I’d also spend as much time as possible with my family!!

Olivia Frank

What colleges are you applying to? University of South Carolina, Furman, Samford, Elon, NC State
What were you involved with in high school? Varsity Volleyball Manager, JV Lacrosse, Yearbook, Hand-in-Hand.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Connor Day
What is your most embarrassing moment? When I was presenting show-and-tell in kindergarten, I peed in my pants in front of everyone and it was only the 2nd week of school.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? A play or take more free periods.
What is the theme song to your life? “Crazy” by Ben Rector.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Mrs. Zavitz.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? My phone, my dog, and a boat.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Have a job that I love in a place that I love.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Talk to everyone I wished I had and spend time with my best friends and family.

Sarah Adams

What colleges are you applying to? Georgia, Georgia Southern, Samford, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn.
What were you involved with in high school? Basketball and Softball.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Mitchell Robinson in Kindergarten.
What is your most embarrassing moment? When I sliced my forehead on my bed sophomore year and had a big scar and people called me “Sarry Potter.”
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Not take such hard classes junior year.
What is the theme song to your life? “Just Dance” by Lady Gaga.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Gabi Grogan because she’s awesome and I love her.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Vanilla Iced Coffee, Sunscreen and My Friends/Family.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Be out of college with a job.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would go to Moe’s and then spend the day with my friends and family.

Capri Frazier

What colleges are you applying to? Berry College, UGA, Rhodes College, Piedmont, Belmont Abbey, Wingate, Anderson, and Young Harris.
What were you involved with in high school? Basketball, Track and Field, and SALSA.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Grant Frerking.
What is your most embarrassing moment? When I went to get my eyebrows done, and I had to come to school for like a week with half my face burned off.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish I had taken my freshmen and sophomore year more seriously academically.
What is the theme song to your life? “I Hope You Dance” by Lee Ann Womack.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Mr. Stromie because I like how he always has a positive attitude and is always smiling.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Food & water, wifi, and a boat (to get off the island).
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I hope that I would be a successful physical therapist with a husband and children.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? Spend time with all of the people in the world that I love the most.

William Ball

What colleges are you applying to? Auburn, SCAD, and South Carolina.
What were you involved with in high school? Football and Lacrosse.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Anna Alexander in lower school.
What is your most embarrassing moment? When my pants ripped in 6th grade.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish I had played football my whole high school.
What is the theme song to your life? Up Around the Bend by Creedence Clearwater Revival.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Mr. Tamel because he is a genius.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? A lawn chair, sunglasses, and a book.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I hope I would have a stable job and be close to settling down in 10 years.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would go to the beach and just relax for my last 24 hours.

Abby Gardner

What colleges are you applying to?  UNC, Duke, Stanford, UVA, Notre Dame, and/or Princeton.
What were you involved with in high school? Diving and Swimming, SALSA, and Entrepreneur Club.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? definitely Zach Green.
What is your most embarrassing moment? Hmmm, probably when I tripped up the stairs freshmen year, and Christian Stark asked me if I was ok.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish my dive coach let me do cheer.
What is the theme song to your life?  Turn My Swag On by Soulja Boy.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Sr. Vallejo because he’s the funniest, most genuine, caring, supportive, loving person in the entire world. I love him so much.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Ice cream, music, and Charis Thompson.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I hope I am married to a handsome hubby with 3 children living in California.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would spend it with my family and friends and tell them how much I love them. Then we would go skydiving and throw a party. Then I would go and use all my money to buy gifts for random people and give it to them. Also I would eat all the brownies and ice cream I could for my last 24 hours.

Grant Frerking

What colleges are you applying to? Belmont, Baylor, Babson, Missouri, Illinois-Springfield, Ole Miss
What were you involved with in high school? Football, Basketball, Track, owning my business
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Emma-Kate Brown in 4th Grade
What is your most embarrassing moment? When I air balled a free throw in the GAC game in front of our student section.
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Created a men’s volleyball team
What is the theme song to your life? Money Talk by TI
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? I would be Mr. Crew because he LIVES THE DREAM!
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Pine Straw, Coffee, and  a Basketball
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years?  I will be living in a high-rise in Buckhead with 2-3 companies getting ready to sell them and retire by 30.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would hang out with my family and all my friends and have the best time of my life.

Ashley Aycox

What colleges are you applying to? I’m not 100% sure yet, but as of right now, I’m planning on applying to Stanford, Columbia, Brown, Cornell, UNC at Chapel Hill, and Wake Forest.
What were you involved with in high school? I have been (and am currently) involved with SALSA, Hand-in-Hand, and Yearbook.
Who was your first Wesleyan crush? I’d rather not say.
What is your most embarrassing moment? One time, at the beginning of my first year at Wesleyan (8th grade), I face planted while walking up the stairs that lead to the quad. It was mortifying, especially since I was new!
What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish that I’d run for a Student Government position.
What is the theme song to your life? “Here I Am to Worship” by Tim Hughes.
If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? There are so many amazing teachers here who have made a tremendous positive impact on my life. I’m not sure who I’d want to be.
If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? I’d want to have my Bible, a photo of my family and friends, and plenty of fresh drinking water.
What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I hope that I’ll be married and running a successful business.
Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I’d spend the time with my family and closest friends.

Another Summer Comes and Goes

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“There’s a hundred and four days of summer vacation/ ‘Till school comes along just to end it/So the annual problem for our generation/ Is finding a good way to spend it…”

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He Said; She Said

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Snapchat Stories

Brooks Lalley

How would you feel if your best friend wore the same dress as you to prom, even though she knew exactly what you were wearing? Well, Snapchat feels the same way about Instagram. This past summer, controversy arose as Instagram decided to add their own “story” feature to their app, practically stealing Snapchats signature shtick.
If you know anything about Wesleyan, you know that there is approximately zero tolerance for plagiarism. Therefore, it should come to no surprise that the Wesleyan community is not too excited that Instagram basically plagiarized Snapchat by stealing their most popular feature.
Honor Council member, Suzanne Godard said, “I think Instagram was trying to gain their popularity back because Snapchat is all the rage now, but I think they could have gone about that by coming up with something that was their own.” By supporting Instagram stories, Quinn is supporting plagiarism and by supporting plagiarism, Quinn should basically be sent to honor council. If this were a perfect world, Instagram would be sent to the honor council, receive a thorough investigation along with an intimidating stare down by Mrs. Wischerth and walk away with a punishment and lessons learned. But that is not the real world, and as for now, Instagram will remain the same.
Luckily for Snapchat, however, Instagram stories are not even that good to begin with. My opponent may argue that the pen accuracy is better; however if you are a living, breathing person you know that no one cares about pen accuracy. While given features such as drawing, chatting and privacy settings– along with the layout– largely remain the same, Snapchat offers many other options for more creativity. With geofilters, face recognition filters, countless stickers and (my personal favorite) Bitmoji, Instagram stories are no match for Snapchat.
What would life be without the ability to express ourselves through Bitmoji? And in what other circumstance would you be able to convey your emotions through Snapchat’s wide sticker variety that includes everything from a salty sloth to a crying pineapple?
Freshman Caroline Willis agrees. “My favorite Snapchat feature to use when I post stories is stickers because there are a lot of different ones for whatever you’re posting,” Willis said. In essence, Instagram may have worn the same dress as Snapchat on Prom night, but Snapchat slayed harder than Beyoncé, while Instagram looked like Solange.

Instagram Stories

Quinn Kaloper

Out of all the social media options these days, Instagram is for sure the favorite. Instagram is used for a variety of things, the obvious being posting pictures. What people occasionally overlook is that Instagram is used for editing pictures, sharing videos and my personal favorite, Direct Messaging. Don’t lie to yourself; you have edited a picture without even posting it. Who needs VSCO anymore? Anyway, the option of “DM-ing” or “Direct Messaging” is simply used to ‘slide into ones DMs’ by sending someone you follow a message. You could send the DM to a group or just to one person. The new fancy Instagram update is the Instagram stories. Yes, I said that correctly, Instagram stories.
Some will hate on Instagram stories because they think Instagram is trying “to be like Snapchat.” But, Instagram stories are so much better than Snapchat stories; no matter what people say. In fact, Instagram stories have a better pen accuracy and there is way more option for pen styles and colors to write on your stories. Though you can not see who has screenshotted it, it still shows who has viewed the story. Lastly, my favorite bonus is that there is easy access to swipe back and see the previous story. So many times I will be watching Snapchat stories and miss something interesting and have to go back and find whose story it was on, which is just a pain. Plus, now there is no inconvenience of having two different apps. From daily stories to your perfectly-edited “Instagram worthy” pictures, Instagram has it all.
Brooks  says that I am supporting plagiarism and that I should be sent to the honor council, but that is just not right. What I am supporting is creativity. The creativity of drawing and expressing emotions. Some do not openly share their emotions on social media, but there are some that do—I respect that. Instagram stories are creative and have zero plagiarism. So… sorry (not sorry) Brooks; you’re wrong.
Snapchat is primarily just used in our current generation, unlike Instagram, which every generation uses. Most parents have an Instagram and even some grandparents. Only the cool and hip grandparents, of course. Parents and grandparents are grateful for the new update of Instagram stories so they don’t have to learn how to navigate a confusing app called Snapchat when they already know how to work Instagram. So, thank you Instagram engineers for creating Instagram stories.

Cheerleaders Get Fired Up For The Wolves

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From the laps run around the track after dropping stunts in the bright sun to the Friday nights spent under the field’s bright lights, there is a lot more to cheerleading than the average football fan sees.

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