As all pet owners know, our pets are the greatest part of our day, and they make coming home from work or school so much better. But, since everyone is social distancing and staying at home, we get to be around them and play with them all day long. The Wesleyan community has a variety of pets, ranging from Director of Christian Life Greg Lisson’s sweet dog, Sam, to High School English Teacher Katie Wischerth’s handsome kitty, Ernie. But the question is, what have these wonderful creatures been up to during quarantine? I asked many Wesleyan students and faculty to tell me a little bit about what their beloved companions have been up to during this time. Here is what they said:
On, Jan. 23, a group of Wesleyan female students went on a trip to visit the campus of the Georgia Institute of Technology. While there, they went to The Georgia Tech Women in Engineering Conference. This event helped to educate women who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering and excite them about their future in math and science. It was a great learning experience for women who are interested in a career that is generally thought of as a male-dominated career. Freshman Harris Browder said, “I think as our world progresses it is and will become easier for all women to lead in men’s role in the workplace.” Many Wesleyan students went and learned about all the different types of engineering. Sophomore Mackenzie Maxwell said, “My favorite part of the trip were the activities we did. It was a great way to get a hands-on experience and learn more about engineering.”
The Louisiana State University football team, led by Head Coach and Louisiana native Ed Orgeron, completed their undefeated season and earned the title of National Champions in this year’s College Football Playoff National Championship. The No. 1 ranked LSU Tigers faced the No. 3 ranked Clemson Tigers in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. on Jan. 13. The LSU Tigers dominated the Clemson Tigers with a final score of 42-25.
Wesleyan faculty and students were getting excited about the game. Dawson Zimmerman, former Clemson punter and current high school English teacher, was enthusiastic about the game. Zimmerman said, “I think we’ve done a great job this season. I had some doubts coming into the year that we would be able to return back to the National Championship, but the team has done a great job of exceeding my expectations, and I am excited that we get to do it again.” Students were also very thrilled about the upcoming game. Clemson fan and sophomore Brooks Thomason said, “I hope Trevor Lawrence performs well, and of course the rest of the team, but my ultimate hope is to win the game.”
Service could not be exemplified better than by the Wesleyan Omicron Service Society. Omicron is an after-school activity where many Wesleyan high school students volunteer to serve the Peachtree Corners community. While they go to many different locations, they mainly focus on tutoring younger children and spending time with the elderly. Members of the team, including sophomore Elizabeth Schneider, think of Omicron as an “enriching opportunity to serve others.” It gives students the opportunity to reach out and improve not only the children’s lives, but also the future of Peachtree Corners. Keep Reading
The date was set and plans were made; all of humanity wanted to know what was in Area 51: aliens? nuclear bombs? The Hulk? As it turns out, the world will never know. Three million citizens agreed to attend via a Facebook post titled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” to raid Area 51 on Sept. 20, in the wee hours of the night. Sounds logical… right? Well, at least 3 million other Americans thought it was a great idea.
The solemnity of the event was nonexistent, and many people thought it was just another good laugh. Sophomore Gray Bradach said, “I think it’s hysterical! It’s more of a joke, and less serious.” Eighth grader Reagan Maxwell agreed and thought that the raid was “kind of funny, but mostly it was just foolish.” This was the consensus for most students; it was never meant to be a serious protest. Nonetheless, the Internet was blowing up with opinions, jokes and memes. Everyone was sitting on the edge of their seat waiting to see what was going to happen. Bradach was even getting pumped for the raid, “I didn’t sign up… but I clicked interested [in attending the event].” Keep Reading