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The State Football Championship Team Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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As the highly recognized State Championship football team returned for the celebration of their 10th year anniversary, many former players shared moments, lessons and feelings of the one game that made their hard work worthwhile.

On Oct. 19, at the Wesleyan homecoming football game, the State Championship team was acknowledged for their achievement 10 years ago. The nostalgia of the high school experience was more likely in full effect, as the Friday night lights shined down upon them one more time. They got to bask in the glory of, to some of them, the best days of their lives.

Former football player and Alumnus Scott Schroer (’10) said, “I think I miss the people the most. The coaches, players, cheerleaders and managers all made that year so unique and the fact that I got to play 15 games with all my best friends, and also win, was really special.”

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Entrepreneurs Lead with Passion

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Wesleyan instills a “Go Get ‘Em” mentally in the students. From the classroom to locker rooms to the conference room students are taught to lead with passion. Many young adults have graduate from Wesleyan with the knowledge of how to start a company in the real world.

Alumni Spencer Sutlive (’16) and Henry Collins (’16) started their outdoors company right after leaving the halls of Wesleyan. Rugged Road Outdoors is a company that sells outdoor gear for camping and hiking. The products vary from clothing, to packs and any other equipment needed for an outdoor excursion. Sutlive said, “we are hoping to release our coolers in the Spring.” Keep Reading

Wesleyan Football and Marching Wolves

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Last school year, Wesleyan School graduated 20 football players and for the Wesleyan Varsity Football team this year, it means a whole different set of players came to play the game. The team currently has played five games, two won and three loss. Having to coach new young players does not intimidate any of the coaches for what lies ahead of the season. Head football coach Franklin Pridgen said, “Each team is always different because kids graduate, and others rise up. That makes it very fun to coach at this level. A new senior class every year always puts their stamp on our season.”

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Wolves Grow Out Their Fur

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Think of your favorite November traditions. What comes to mind? Thanksgiving? Football? Celebrating Christmas at full force even though it’s only been one day since Halloween? There is one tradition that is often shunned and forgotten: No Shave November.

No Shave November is the sacred birthright of men everywhere. It was originally founded in the archaic year of 2009. It was started as a way to raise awareness for cancer, specifically prostate cancer. Each year there are over 150,000 new cases of this disease, and it is not slowing down any time soon. No Shave November is just a small way for an average person to make a difference. Participants in No Shave November are encouraged to donate the money they would spend on grooming products to charity instead. This year’s charities are the Prevent Cancer Foundation, Fight Colorectal Cancer and St. Jude’s Research Hospital.

Although Wesleyan may have stripped away this rite of masculinity from us students during the school year, there is no restriction on students during the summer or teachers year-round. Let’s take a moment to appreciate some of the most bodacious beards Wesleyan has to offer.

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Coach Franklin Pridgen takes a selfie with his beard. Franklin Pridgen.

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Bang for the Buck: Amazon Buys Whole Foods

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Amazon purchased Whole Foods for a total of 13.7 billion dollars on June 16. This acquisition represents a huge step in Amazon’s new approach at creating a grocery empire. Amazon has been trying to kick start their online grocery business for almost a decade but so far have not had much success.

This acquisition of Whole Foods signifies Amazon’s first major step in expanding its grocery sales into the physical world. Amazon has run a few physical stores and has projects such as Amazon Fresh and Amazon Go, but with this purchase of Whole Foods, Amazon gained 460 physical stores, thus taking their physical presence to a whole new level.

This deal with Amazon could be a lifeline for Whole Foods. Recently, they have been struggling with the competition of stores like Costco and Walmart, who have lower prices than Whole Foods, which has been coined “Whole Paycheck” due to their high prices for groceries.

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