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Grinds My Gears

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Watson Copeland: “My ‘phat’ cat, Wallace, eating my socks because we are trying to make her less obese and can’t find food anywhere. Also, when Wallace munches on my headphones. You know how much money I’ve spent on headphones? Too much. Don’t get me wrong, I think Wallace is awesome and hilarious, but she is really teeing me off lately.” Watson Copeland.

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Wesleyan Mourns the Beloved Table of Room W180

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As Norcross trudged through a long rainy spout, even the weather seemed to reflect the mood of all Wesleyan’s students and faculty as they said farewell to a loyal and much-beloved companion, the Table of Room W180.

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Children of Christmas: Where Are They Now?

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Taylor Momsen

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Remember that adorable girl who played Cindy Lou Who in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas? How could anyone forget. Many people remember her for her gorgeous rendition of Faith Hill’s “Where Are You Christmas” and her hair that looked like an Auntie Annie’s Pretzel, but few people recognize her today. Since starring in that beloved Christmas classic, Momsen went on to appear in Spy Kids 2 and even audition for the title role of Hannah Montana for the Disney Channel Original Series. She also went on to appear in the hit TV show Gossip Girl. Currently Momsen finds fame as the lead singer for the rock band The Pretty Reckless. Today fans might find her under dark shades of eyeliner or accompanied by an entourage of older men (aka her band), but no matter where she is, there is no doubt that she still embodies the heart of the Christmas spirit.

McCauley Culkin

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Contrary to popular belief, McCauley Culkin is not dead. After suffering the major trauma of getting left home alone during Christmas (not once, but twice), Culkin went on to become… nothing. Unless Culkin invents a cure to cancer or makes a major comeback to the entertainment industry (he won’t do either), he will never be anything more than a child actor. Over the years, Culkin has evolved into the posterchild for the anti-drug movement, spending some quality time behind bars due to drug abuse. Nowadays you might see him out and about. Just look for that sketchy guy that your mom always told you to avoid who lures children into his van with free candy!

Eric Lloyd

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If you don’t know who Eric Lloyd is, you must not live in this world. Known to most people as Charlie Calvin, it’s a shame that Eric Lloyd virtually disappeared from society after his breakout role in the Santa Claus trilogy.  After stealing the hearts of audiences young and old, he went on to star in the Hollywood blockbuster The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars, a true cinematic masterpiece. But where is he now?  Who knows? In fact, did he ever exist or is he just a figment of our imagination? All we know about Lloyd is that he went on to open a movie/music studio, names LP Studios, somewhere in Los Angeles. But it obviously hasn’t done well according to their unattractive outdated website. Well wherever you are Eric, we miss you.

Peter Billingsley

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This is a classic tale of “don’t bully the chubby kid with glasses, because he might turn out to be attractive and successful.” And in fact, Peter Billingsley (aka. Ralphie from the American Christmas classic, A Christmas Story) has become both attractive and successful. With an Emmy nomination and a plethora of other random accolades under his belt, he rises above all other Christmas child actors.

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Falling in Love with Fall

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Fall is undeniably the best season. There are countless activities to enjoy. How could someone not fall in love with fall?

Some of my favorite fall activities are the simplest. Cuddling up in a warm blanket with a big bowl of popcorn while watching “Gilmore Girls” might be my personal favorite activity, but other activities include jumping in a leaf pile. I mean come on! How classic is that?

Spencer Sutlive- Payton Kaloper enjoys jumping in a leaf pile
Payton Kaloper enjoys jumping in a leaf pile. Spencer Sutlive.

Pumpkin carving is also a great way to enjoy what fall has to offer. There is pumpkin everything these days. Although pumpkins have become synonymous with fall, pumpkin carving has been traditionally associated with the fall season. Recently, the Wesleyan high school cross country teams enjoyed a fun pumpkin-carving party.

Senior Emma Preston, high school teacher Payton Kaloper-Megan Trotter and Coach Smith’s daughter, Molly, smile and laugh while carving their cute pumpkin design.
Senior Emma Preston, high school teacher Megan Trotter and Coach Josh Smith’s daughter, Molly, smile and laugh while carving their cute pumpkin design. Payton Kaloper.

While pumpkin carving might be enjoyable for most, one can never go wrong getting cozy up to a warm, crackling fire. Whether it may be the roasting of marshmallows to make s’mores or sitting with boots and a beanie with a loved one by your side, an aesthetic bonfire will never go out of style.

Payton Kaloper- Sitting by the warm fire with friends
Sitting by the warm fire with friends. Payton Kaloper.

There are also many cute fall arts and crafts, like making the perfect bird feeder. This is probably one of the easiest fall crafts. All you need is a pine cone, a few tablespoons of peanut butter, roughly a half a cup of bird seed and a string to hang the bird feeder. First, tie the string around one side of the pine cone, then coat is with as much peanut butter as possible, after that, you drench it in bird seeds. This is so easy and definitely kid-friendly.

Payton Kaloper- The pine cone bird feeder steps
The pine cone bird feeder steps. Payton Kaloper.

Car rides through scenic routes are exciting especially with good friends. The best thing about fall drives, in the south especially is, being able to notice the changing of the leaves. This is truly God’s creation at work.

Junior Abbie Blauser enjoys a long car ride with friends. Payton Kaloper.
Junior Abbie Blauser enjoys a long car ride with friends. Payton Kaloper.

Soaking up some Vitamin D while enjoying some tasty southern comfort foods and a candle is a perfect way to enjoy the autumnal outdoors. Some fall food may include: pumpkin pie, apple pie, chili, mashed potatoes, grilled cheese or apple cider!

Payton Kaloper sits and enjoys her picnic. Jake Kaloper
Payton Kaloper sits and enjoys her picnic. Jake Kaloper.

If you are looking for fun ways to enjoy fall, refer back to this easy list. You’re welcome to interpret it your own way!

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