In what the New York Times considered, “a stunning repudiation of the establishment” and Business Insider considered “the biggest upset in political history,” Donald J. Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States. Keep Reading
Veterans have fought hard to protect the freedoms in America and deserve to be celebrated for their dedication and hard work. Veterans Day is a national holiday that takes place on November 11th. This holiday was put in place to honor those who have served in the military. At Wesleyan, this holiday is honored with an assembly. This assembly recognizes faculty members, family members of faculty or students and alumni who have served and/or are serving in the military.
This year’s speaker, SGT. Dan Llorens, has been involved at Wesleyan for many years. He served in the United States Marine Corps, and shared about his experience when he first joined the military and how grateful he was for the opportunity to serve this country. After he finished speaking at the assembly, the names of all parents of students, faculty and alumni who have served or are serving currently were presented on the screen.
One of the Wesleyan faculty members who has served in the military is Cristian Piedra. He works in the IT department. He signed up for the United States Army when he was 18 years old. His deployments were usually three to five months at a time.
“When I was deployed, I would always tell my parents that they had nothing to worry about,” Piedra said. “Even though I would be in very dangerous situations a majority of the time, I wouldn’t let my family know that. My family tended to always worry about me. It was a new experience for my family because I was the first Piedra to ever be in the military.” Keep Reading
- What colleges are you applying to? UGA, Auburn, Boston University and Wake Forest.
- What were you involved with in high school? I’ve been involved with a lot of different random things in high school because I moved from Florida to Georgia in the middle of the sophomore year. At my old school, I did lacrosse, Peace Club, Piano Club and NHS. At Wesleyan I did track managing, SALSA and NHS.
- Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Mitchell Robinson in Kindergarten.
- What is your most embarrassing moment? In 8th grade, I was running past this group of people in my school (I don’t know why but I was) and I completely wiped out in front of them and both of my knees were sliced open and I was laying on the ground because I couldn’t move and people were laughing.
- What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? I wish I ran track.
- What is the theme song to your life? “Ridin’ Solo” by Jason Derulo.
- If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Mrs. Morris because I love her sense of humor and she’s really fun to be around.
- If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? My dog Melo, food and water for my dog Melo and a bed for my dog Melo.
- What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I hope to have a stable job that allows me to travel around the world with my husband and family.
- Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would probably commit a crime like rob a bank.
- What colleges are you applying to? Clemson, Mizzou, Texas, Indiana University and the University of Michigan.
- What were you involved with in high school? Volleyball, SALSA, Bible Study, Green and Gold and mission trips.
- Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Harrison Cook in 3rd grade.
- What is your most embarrassing moment? After a volleyball practice in 8th grade, I was putting my bags in the back of my mom’s car and when I opened the trunk a keg came rolling out and landed on my bare foot. I started screaming and crying and the entire football team was there watching it happen. Then for the next week at school, I had to tell people that my toe was broken because our keg fell on it.
- What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Played tennis.
- What is the theme song to your life? “Take It Easy” by the Eagles.
- If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Coach Lloyd because she’s hilarious and always has candy.
- If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? My dog, mac and cheese and Justin Bieber.
- What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? Hopefully, I’ll be married and happy doing a job that I love.
- Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I’d tell all my friends to make mac and cheese and bring it over to my house so we could eat it all day while watching Remember the Titans.
I don’t understand all of the hype about Black Friday shopping. Who wants to wake up early, or get no sleep at all, just to go to an overcrowded mall with a bunch of strangers? Are the sales really worth the insomnia and hassle of maneuvering through the clogged hallways and long store lines? I can think of many other things I would rather do than endure the cold, crowds and chaos. There is always that added chance that you survive the brutal crowds and potentially aggressive atmosphere, only to come home empty handed. Or maybe you survived the crowds, but got to your favorite store opening late, you’ll still go home empty handed. The door-busting sales disappear faster than food hitting a table of starving teenage boys. So why not avoid the stress all together and get the same great sales, from the comfort of your own home, on Cyber Monday.
Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving and offers the same exceptional bargains as Black Friday without having to leave your home. It’s easy: just grab your laptop, lay down on your comfortable couch next to the fire place, and shop away. Every store you could ever want is at your fingertips. There is no need to waste gas driving through traffic all over town just to get to your favorite stores. On Cyber Monday, the best deals at your favorite stores are only a click away.
Not only is it more convenient, it’s also much faster. People spend hours at the mall trying to find a parking spot, navigating through crowds and waiting in checkout lines when they could get all their shopping done in an hour online. Literally just go online to your favorite website, pick out as many things as you want and check out. It’s quick and easy. Why not get all your Christmas shopping done in one sitting while also getting exceptional sales?
Finally, there is nothing more exciting than coming home to a package you have been waiting for. Opening the package is like opening a present that you know you will like. Have you ever opened a present from a grandparent and had to pretend you loved it even though it’s like a ball of yarn? It’s awkward. With Cyber Monday, you don’t have to worry about your lack of acting skills. Nothing compares to the feeling of finally receiving something you wanted.
Cyber Monday is easily better than Black Friday in a multitude of ways. It’s easier, quicker, and accessible from anywhere, including the comfort of your own home. Avoid the early morning wakeup call and mobs this year and get the same great deals online. The best Christmas gifts are just a click away. Happy shopping.
When many Americans think of Thanksgiving, one of the first things that comes to their mind is Black Friday shopping. What better way to celebrate thankfulness than running through a Walmart at 5 A.M. with a twelve pack of socks under one arm and a brand new computer under the other? Now, experiences like that are not experiences you get shopping online on Cyber Monday. Although the deals are relatively similar both online and in stores, Black Friday shopping is the way to go.
After eating Thanksgiving dinner and going back for seconds, thirds and for some of us, even fourths, Black Friday shopping is probably one of the best ways to work off that food baby. Black Friday shopping is a great way to incorporate many different styles of exercise. You will be doing lots of running on Black Friday whether it is running to the fifty cent DVDs or to the first open register. Another great exercise to do on Black Friday is lunges. Odds are, on Black Friday you will be doing lots of standing in lines, which can often make your legs tired, so some deep leg lunges are a great way to keep your legs from feeling tired. Sitting in front of a computer on Cyber Monday would not give you the same toned calves that Black Friday would give you.
Another reason to go Black Friday shopping is the bonding time it gives you with family. A majority of Black Friday is waiting in lines, which gives you ample time to talk with friends or family. Maybe bring a distant cousin with you to shop, and by late Friday morning you guys will be reconnected bonding over fun family memories.
The final reason to go Black Friday shopping is the adrenaline rush it gives you. The feeling you get while running through stores and throwing yourself on top of discounted products is a feeling like no other. In those seconds, you feel like you have enough energy to run a marathon. It is an incredible feeling that you really cannot get while sitting in front of your computer typing in your credit card information.
Overall, Black Friday is the better holiday compared to Cyber Monday. Between the thrill and relationships it gives you, nothing can beat buying discounted products in the store and getting to take them home with you that day.
The Green and Gold staff compiled a Christmas playlist perfect for this holiday season filled with all the hit songs.
- Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms on his ‘Christmas Number 1s’ album
- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree by Brenda Lee on her ‘Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree’ album
- Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano on his ‘Feliz Navidad’ album
- Christmas (Baby Please Come) by Michael Bublé on his ‘Christmas’ album
- Drummer Boy by Justin Bieber on his ‘Under the Mistletoe’ album
- Baby It’s Cold Outside by Seth MacFarlane on his ‘Holiday for Swing’ album
- Last Christmas by Ariana Grande on her ‘Christmas Kisses’ album
- You’re a Mean one Mr. Grinch by Jim Carey on the ‘Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ album