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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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Date Night at Wesleyan

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It’s that time of year again when the leaves start turning, the temperature begins dropping, and the warm-fuzzy feeling of love is all around! Fall is undeniably the most romantic season of the year, a time when you can hold a pumpkin spice latte in one hand and the palm of your love in the other. As the autumn leaves begin to fall, the Wesleyan dating scene begins to flourish. It is not uncommon to see couples strolling through the Forum, wearing matching sweaters or frolicking across the grassy knolls of Technology Parkway on the weekends. But during the school week, shared trips to and from the lake lots, lunch dates at Dubose dining hall and talking together on the quad all help to make the romance last throughout the week! But the most popular activity endorsed by Wesleyan couples is definitely grabbing a meal after school or practices.

Rumor has it the top places to eat are California Pizza Kitchen and Chipotle, so I teamed up with Quinn Kaloper to find out just how romantic these restaurants really are. And to top this investigation off, we joined Wesleyan’s hottest couple, Ms. Alex Bufton and Mr. Chris Paroli, for a surprise excursion to their favorite date night spot! Keep Reading

Faculty Spotted in Rio!

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Cameron Alexander

Cameron Alexander turns Rio's pool green
Cameron Alexander turns Rio’s pool green

Newlywed and new, full-time teacher Mrs. Alexander was eager to prove herself a part of the Wesleyan community. So this past summer, she embarked on the most dangerous mission of her entire life. In fact, right after getting married, Mrs. Alexander skipped her honeymoon and used that money to purchase 500 buckets of green food coloring. Why, you may ask? Well, little did we know she was scheming something big, something no one had ever seen before. She wanted to turn the diving pool at the Rio Olympics green—in honor of the Wolves of course. During the Rio Olympics, Mrs. Alexander—disguised as a coach named Coach Brad—proceeded to dump all 500 buckets of green food coloring into the pool. How she got away with it, no one will ever know.

Alex Bufton

Alex Bufton shows off her mad gymnastics skill
Alex Bufton shows off her mad gymnastics skill

Many are aware of Ms. Bufton’s extraordinary double life, Spanish teacher by day, CrossFit queen by night (or on the weekends depending on how busy her schedule is). But, it may come as a surprise to many that Ms. Bufton is actually an Olympic gold medalist! Back handsprings and double layouts are second nature for this Wesleyan teacher. In fact, some students claim they’ve seen her sport some of her fancy moves right here on campus! However, to protect her identity as an accomplished gymnast she often goes by the name Balex Aufton.

 

 

 

Chris Cleveland

Chris Cleveland has the time of his life life-guarding in Rio.
Chris Cleveland has the time of his life life-guarding in Rio.

Mr. Cleveland’s summer was filled with endless excitement as he worked as an Olympic Lifeguard. He sure had his work cut out for him as he constantly had to save the drowning Olympians. I heard he even had to save Michael Phelps during warm ups once, because his goggles fell off (and nobody can swim without their goggles). After each of Cleveland’s shifts he would sleep for hours and drink plenty of Red Bull and 5 Hour Energy to make sure he never dozed off when he was on guard.

Brian Krehmeyer

Brian Krehmeyer scores a grand total of zero points, while diving in Rio.
Brian Krehmeyer scores a grand total of zero points, while diving in Rio.

What started off as the most talked about underdog story of Rio, ended in sheer embarrassment. After months of practice and hours of training, the spotlight was on Mr. Krehmeyer during the preliminary rounds of the diving competition at the Rio Olympics this summer. With no formal training whatsoever, Krehmeyer proved that his amateur skills could rival the best. As he stepped up to the diving board and prepared for his dismount, all he could think about was that gold medal. It was so close he could practically taste it. Unfortunately, Mr. Krehmeyer did not achieve his Olympic dreams that day. As his back flopped against the water, his dreams were shattered. With a grand total of zero points, he was unable to advance to the next round. But this isn’t the end, Krehmeyer plans to practice even harder over the next four years with his eyes set on Tokyo.

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Top Places to Visit at Wesleyan

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School Store- The School Store has been one of the most successful additions to the Wesleyan campus ever. From the Pop Tarts to the groovy outerwear, the Wesleyan Spirit Shop provides students with a variety of reasonably priced goods. Do not forget about the mothers who work there, they are sweethearts, and they have Chick-fil-a, which is a must at Wesleyan.

Yancey Weight Room- The weight room provides students with the ability to get yoked and hang out with the one and only Mr. Coach Wolf Sir. If this is not tempting enough, it is home to an honorable mention on my top water fountains. Keep Reading

Five Reasons to Love the Kardashians

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    The Kardashians have one of the most entertaining shows on television. Entertainment Wallpaper
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    Kylie Jenner's $8 million mansion. Celebrity House Gossip
  1. They deal with real life issues: The Kardashians are one of the most relatable families in America. They constantly deal with issues that typical Americans face. When Kendall and Kylie steal from Kris’s closet, she does the logical thing and puts a padlock on it, while requiring them to check out clothes. Also, Scott Disick faces the typical decision of whether or not to put a helicopter pad in his backyard. All of these decisions are typically experienced be the average American.
  2. They have the most entertaining TV show:  If you have not watched Keeping Up with the Kardashians, then you must be living under a rock. This show provides the most entertaining look into the life of the most beloved family in American history. The constant bickering and complaining of the most mundane events is just pure entertainment. Who would not want to watch mindless entertainment for an hour?
  3. They are very frugal with their money: Kylie Jenner is 18-years-old and owns a mansion worth $2.7 million. I mean, every 18-year-old would spend that much on a house. Back in 2014, Scott and Kourtney purchased a house next to Justin Bieber for $8.495 million. Most parents spend that much money and consider it to be smart. The so-called gift bags at Kylie Jenner’s sweet 16 party cost $1,000 each, and there were over 150 guests there. Now that’s being frugal with your money.
  4. They constantly keep us entertained in headlines: Let’s face it America, the Kardashians are headline news about once a week. From their purchases, to Kylie and Tyga’s relationship, the Kardashians keep us entertained. Magazine companies who put them on the front page, owe a lot of their success to those stories. As of November of 2015, there is now a new app that allows you to block all news in which the Kardashians are mentioned. That’s when you know they dominate the news. The Kylie Jenner lip challenge, the $2 million Gatsby themed 60th birthday of Kris and the Khloe pie lie are all examples of headlines that keep readers hooked.
  5. All their relationships are models for our own: Kim Kardashian is a model for how people should have relationships. Her 72 day marriage to Kris Humphries should show the women of America how marriage works. Kourtney and Scott’s catastrophic relationship really sets the tone for the average American relationship. They show that you should constantly argue about the most absurd things.

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