Caroline Hayes

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Senior Spotlights

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  1. What colleges are you applying to? I applied to a lot of colleges but I’m going to Wake Forest.
  2. What were you involved with in high school? Senior Leadership, SALSA, Hand-in-Hand, Lit Mag, Softball and Tennis.
  3. Who was your first Wesleyan crush? Mitchell Robinson.
  4. What is your most embarrassing moment? My most embarrassing moment is when I had my birthday party in 8th grade and was taking a picture with Sarah Adams on the fence in my backyard and I was off balance and fell backwards. I proceeded to get my foot caught in the fence and twisted it and had to be carried inside by my dad. I was in a boot for a few weeks and telling everyone how I hurt it was just super embarrassing.
  5. What is one thing you wish you had done in high school? Sing in a play.
  6. What is the theme song to your life? “A Little More Summertime” by Jason Aldean.
  7. If you could be any faculty member, who would you be? Why? Mrs. Morris because she has such a positive attitude and the best sense of humor and she went to Notre Dame. (Go Irish!)
  8. If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want to have with you? Netflix, Ansel Elgort and a raft so I could float/tan in the ocean.
  9. What do you hope your life will be like in 10 years? I hope that I’ll be graduated from college, settled down somewhere in Georgia with kids and a husband who has a good job.
  10. Assuming you had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your remaining hours? I would go to Cancún, Mexico with my best friends and sip an ice cold Coke, tanning right by the ocean while listening to our favorite playlist of country music and listening to the waves crash upon our feet.

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Best Items to Buy in the Spirit Shop

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The Spirit Shop is a one stop shop for anything and everything for a Wesleyan student. From Wesleyan pullovers, to phone chargers, to any type of snack, the Spirit Shop has it all. But, what is the best item to buy? This debate has been going on ever since the Spirit Shop opened in 2015. Finally, the best, or the most popular, item to buy has been determined. Keep reading to find the answer.

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Missions Season Has Officially Begun: Weekend Retreats

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Mission trips, the staple of Wesleyan spring breaks, are quickly approaching. With these trips coming up, mission retreats are put in place to allow teams to really get to know each other before their trip. This year, Wesleyan is sending out ten different mission teams: nine during spring break and one, South Africa, during the summer.

Before they depart on their trips, the teams get to know each other better and bond as a team with a retreat. The purpose of the mission retreats is to “allow the teams to get away from the hustle and bustle of Wesleyan, from sports, from home and have a focused 24 hour period of time together to grow into a team,” said Amelia Davis, Dean of Student Ministries.

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2017: New Year, New You

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With the coming of the New Year and the calendar refreshing, people are given the opportunity of a fresh start and a clean slate. With this new beginning comes a time of evaluating your last year’s self, creating goals and making changes to make the New Year the best yet.

New Year’s resolutions usually maintain a bad reputation. Typically by Jan. 7 these resolutions are long gone and everyone is back to being their normal mediocre selves, the same they were last year. “I have never fulfilled a New Year’s Resolution I have made in the past,” Faculty Fellow, Claire Coward said, “One year I resolved to never look in the mirror, but I missed myself too much after two hours.”

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She Said; She Said: Uniforms vs. No Uniforms

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    Caroline Hayes, pro uniform, and Payton Kaloper, anti-uniform, pose for a picture with both different sides.

Caroline Hayes – Pro

Many private schools across the nation, including our very own Wesleyan, requires their students to wear uniforms to school every single day. Uniforms allow peace of mind when choosing an outfit and they are more time and cost efficient. School uniforms allow a sense of unity and community between the students and represents the school as a whole. By having a mandatory uniform dress code it poses less of a bullying risk and a higher sense of equality between students.

Uniforms are something that I personally love. In the morning or the night before school there is no stressing about what you are going to wear. If you pick out something that is considered ugly or weird there is a risk of bullying from other students, thus bringing down the students’ self-esteem and confidence. However, with uniforms there is no hassle of picking out an outfit. You wear the same thing every day and there is no one to judge you. If everyone is wearing the same thing there is less of a risk of bullying based on clothing choices. Uniforms also allow getting ready for school easier which means more time to sleep in, which is something everyone wants. Having uniforms creates a level playing field among students. There is no pre-determined judgement based on the type of clothes you wear, unless you decided to add some unique pieces to spice things up.

Having school uniforms also saves people an exorbitant amount of money. We all know the craze of back-to-school shopping and how crazy and expensive it can get. Everyone wants to show off their new, expensive clothing to their classmates on the first day of school. Clothing does not come cheap, especially for the latest and greatest things that every kid wants. These pieces eventually add up into hundreds and hundreds of dollars. But with the use of school uniforms, you buy a few skirts or pants and a couple shirts and you are set for the entire year.

With the focus off what you are wearing, there is more of a focus on education. The National Association of Secondary School Principals states “When all students are wearing the same outfit, they are less concerned about how they look and how they fit in with their peers; thus, they can concentrate on their schoolwork.” With everyone wearing similar clothing there is less of a distraction and it creates more of a professional feel.

Uniforms also do not totally take the sense of expression from the student. Students, even with uniforms, are allowed to express themselves through jewelry, ties, and hair styles. The Seventeen and TeenVogue websites list numerous suggestions for students on how to add their personal style to school uniforms. These include hairstyle options, nail polish options, and the addition of colorful accessories such as scarves and socks. Accoring to TeenVogue  “there are tons of ways to amp up your standard issue getup.”

Junior Bishop Bryant said, “I like the peace of mind uniforms give me when trying to find and outfit for school. It allows getting ready for school in the morning so much easier.” With having mandatory uniforms comes a lack of expression that other schools have, but the pros outweigh the cons. Uniforms save money, time in the morning, the risk of bullying, and gives a sense of unity that is incomparable.

Payton Kaloper – Against

Uniforms are the worst for two reasons: people cannot express their own opinions through clothing and it is so annoying to do something or wear something if you are forced to do so. I love to wear my own clothing, whether that be something super casual or something on the more fancy side. I always like to dress to impress. Wearing uniforms hinders that ability for me because I am restricted to wear a certain set of clothes every single day, due to Wesleyan uniform policy. Often times, I will want to wear a really cute item from my closet, but then I remember that I cannot do that because I have school and must abide by the policy and not wear that said clothing item. It really frustrates me! The First Amendment states that all individuals have the right to express themselves freely, but how can people do so if they are restricted and held to such high standards of uniforms? During the late 1960s, there was a popular court case, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, which prohibited the children to express themselves with their clothing as a form of protest of the Vietnam War, stated that expressing support or protest for various causes, like the Vietnam War, is inappropriate in school settings.

Many times there is a stereotype, specifically in Hollywood Films, that if you dressed a certain way you were either popular, nerdy, athletic or so-on and if you did not meet that stereotype, then you were bullied. This needs to stop because study can still get bullied. Bullying is at a rather high risk because if you are not up to par with sports or academics, it is more noticed and therefore you can get bullied. No uniforms helps people establish themselves, the stereotype can be broken and the common misconception of regular clothes at school can be very beneficial.

As well as bullying, the economics of a school are higher when the school has a uniform policy. Many of the big named uniform companies are completely thriving off of sales coming from schools with uniforms. People pay for the uniforms because in order to attend the school, people must go and spend more money to boost the economy of the school and of the partnership schools have with the big named uniform companies, such as Lands’ End. The fact that uniforms are so expensive is a huge barricade to people from wanting to go to certain schools strictly because they do not want to spend more money on clothes.

Uniforms in private and public schools do not allow the students to express themselves through their induvial rights. People are more likely willing to go to schools without the uniform policy because of money or individuality. Do not let economics or America’s First Amendment yield the number of students at your school! Cancel uniforms and all will be well.

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