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Every year, Wesleyan Families are tasked with decorating their house for the Christmas season. The big question is: what type of tree will be displayed in the living room? Juniors Harrison Larner and Sophie Zetzsche debate real trees vs. fake trees. Keep Reading

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    Juniors Hampton Henderson and Sophie Zetzsche argue over Halloween Parties vs. Trick or Treating in the He Said; She Said. Mckenzie Keeler.

Every year, students are left with the question, “How should I spend my Halloween?” Juniors Hampton Henderson and Sophie Zetzsche narrowed the choices down to Halloween parties and trick or treating in the He Said; She Said.

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Megan Bielan – Thin Mints

As spring approaches, another important season falls upon us: Girl Scout season. Their beloved cookies are being sold by cute, little Girl Scouts in front of the market or knocking on your door. The cookies themselves are almost impossible to resist, but when you add in the smiling little face, it becomes virtually impossible to turn down a box of Girl Scout Cookies. Keep Reading

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Hot Weather

Ellie Hall

Whenever I am asked, “Would you rather be in extreme heat or extreme cold?” my answer is always heat without hesitation. There is one reason for this—being cold is the worst feeling in the entire world. It is not only uncomfortable, it is physically painful. It actually hurts my skin. In addition, being cold can actually be dangerous to your body. According to Physicians Health Network, cold weather can cause constriction of blood vessels in the skin, lower blood supply, a raise in blood pressure, etc.

Also, cold weather increases the chance of injury. Cold weather also tends to bring out the worst in everyone both physically and behaviorally. It makes your nose red and runny, it makes you pale because you do not want to go outside, it dries out your skin, it makes your lips chapped. Do not forget that it makes people look frumpier because they have to wear so much clothes. People tend to lose their beach bodies; basically it just makes everyone a less attractive version of themselves. Also, it makes people want to stay inside and play video games or eat, which causes them to get fat and pale. It also makes people less fun to be around because they are so angry because they are cold. No one likes being cold; if someone says they do, they are lying.

Hot weather is quite the opposite of everything I said about cold weather. Hot weather makes people more attractive and happier. It causes most to go outside, so they get tan which makes them look more youthful. Though it is true that extreme heat can also be dangerous, it is more easily controlled because heat leads you to drink more water. Also, hot weather means summer which means no school which means happiness for all.

It is also the time for people to take their trips to the lake or the beach that they so often advertise on Instagram. Along the same lines, how often do you see Instagram photos during the summer with the caption, “Take me back to winter.” The answer is never. However, if I had a dime for every time I have seen someone tell all of their many Instagram followers to “take them back to the summer,” I would be a millionaire.

Therefore, everyone agrees that heat is much better than cold. Don’t worry friends, it is almost spring, and heat is coming. Hang in there!



Cold Weather

Will Harper

When it comes to weather, everyone has their opinion about which season is the superior. Perhaps some people are too indecisive to choose one season, but they have some sort of opinion regardless. I think it’s great that we can all have our own opinion about weather, but I’ve noticed that a lot of people are wrong. For example, Ellie thinks that summer is better than winter.

As a precursor to my argument, I’d like to share a brief anecdote. Once upon a time, Jimmy and Petunia decided to go skiing. They drove up to the mountain with their bags packed and walked into the resort to buy lift tickets. “We’ll have two lift tickets, please,” Jimmy said to the man behind the counter. “It’s July,” replied the man, “go home.” Disappointed in themselves for forgetting that most fun things happen in the winter time, Jimmy and Petunia set off to look for something else to do. They searched the mall high and low, but they couldn’t find Santa anywhere. Finally, they asked a member of the mall staff where jolly Ole Saint Nick was. “It’s July,” said the man, “go home.” Disappointed in themselves for forgetting that Christmas happens in December, Jimmy and Petunia went home to cry because nothing exciting happens during the summer.

Jimmy and Petunia fell victim to a tragic situation – warm weather. Cold weather is far superior. For example, when it’s cold outside, anyone can easily feel more comfortable by simply wearing more clothing. If it’s hot, you can get totally naked and you’ll still be hot. Cold weather has so much more to offer. Warm clothing is way more stylish than stuff you might wear during the summer. Colder weather also means football season, basketball season and best of all, cuddle season. Everyone loves some good snuggle weather. When’s the last time you saw someone cozy up by a fire with some hot chocolate during August?

In addition to all of these benefits, colder weather also brings with it the holiday season. Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve are the three most enjoyable Holidays of the year. Not only do these holidays make life happier and more exciting, but they also mean that school is not in session for a good while. Speaking of which, cold weather also brings about the occasional snow day. Though rare, usually school is cancelled at least one day each year due to inclement weather. Even though it’s only a day, having school unexpectedly cancelled is one of the best feelings ever. In short, I’d rather be cold than hot 12 times out of 10.

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by Will Harper

Frankfurter, Volkswagen, gummy bear, Autobahn, mythology, Bach, Beethoven, twisty pretzel, sausage, Birkenstock- these are a few of my favorite things- all of which happen to have originated in the great land of Germany. Pardon my “Sound of Music” reference. That epic film is actually set in Austria, but what is the difference? Germany has produced an abundance of cool people, food, inventions and other stuff, but there is one product of this magical place that stands far above the rest. Birkenstocks are the greatest things ever invented.

I do not even know what dumb shoes Emma is defending, but I promise Birkenstocks are superior in every way. These German feats of engineering are perfect for running, jumping, skipping, walking, galloping, karaoke, frolicking, dancing and anything else that anyone could ever do. Some of them are actually pretty ugly, but it is not always about looking the best. Regardless of how “stylish” they are, Birkenstocks undoubtedly make a fashion statement that is nothing short of heroic. Our president Barack Obama says, “I love Birkenstocks, and they are amazing.”** How could anyone ever disagree with the president?  **not a real quote

Birkenstocks have been endorsed by a host of other celebrities too. For example, a quick google search would yield images of Usher, Ashton Kutcher, Heidi Klum, Ellie Hall, Camille High and Jesus all wearing these handsome foot coverings. Even the Oscar-less Leonardo DiCaprio has been known to sport some stocks every once in a while. The infamous plank that kept Rose alive but perplexingly did not have room for Jack at the end of “Titanic” was actually just a Birkenstock flipped upside down.

I received my first pair of stocks at the ripe age of 10. I wore them every day and slept in them until they bore a scent more foul than the areas of the freshman hallway surrounding Dr. G’s room during pig dissection. It wasn’t until my 17th birthday that I finally got a new pair. Emma was furious. She sub-tweeted about me, but I used my new sandals to block out the haters. I could go on for days about all the great features of my Birkenstocks, but one basic principal of good “He Said; She Said” writing is to ensure that the articles are similar in length. That being said, I need to wrap things up because Emma will not have much to say about her lame shoes. Birkenstocks are perfect, and it is just silly to try and compare them to any other shoes.

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by Emma Parrish

Let me get this straight, this is in no way a “He said; She said” worth arguing over because it is evident that I will win. For starters, Birkenstocks are the most hideous “fad” to ever come back in style. Who remembers wearing those awful-clog shoes when they were 8? My point exactly, you were a child who did not have a sense of fashion. Now a days, you see teenage girls all over the Atlanta area wearing these hideous-sandal, style Birkenstocks. They all say that they are “comfortable”, but I would take fashion over comfort any day. A fashion blogger even said in a review that, “They’re not sleek and beautiful by any means.” By owning Birkenstocks, you are taking a major risk in your friendships because there is a high possibility that someone will disapprove. I will never forget the day Will made the horrible decision to get Birkenstocks for his 17th birthday, I have not spoken to him since.

Everyone has seemed to have fallen into this trend simply because “everyone else is wearing them.” Well if everyone else jumped off a bridge, would you? No, I did not think so. Celebrities have a huge influence on the youth in America. Recently, pictures have surfaced of them wearing Birkenstocks in the tabloids. I believe that celebrities should use their fame to influence teenagers in a positive way, not making them think wearing obnoxious shoes in our society is okay. It is also concerning how attached some people have become to their so called “birks.” They think that it is okay to wear these atrocious, casual things with any outfit, during any season, now that is a fashion foe. It’s like wearing flip flops in the winter, it makes no logical sense. The worst part about it is that it comes in a variety of colors. Now I can somewhat handle the classic brown style but when I saw Jordi Fietz wearing yellow Birkenstocks, I nearly fainted. Birkenstocks are not cheap either. You are basically paying $100 to embarrass yourself. This money could easily go to something worthwhile like fighting world hunger or towards your college fund. Birkenstocks have already gone out of style at one point so it will not be too long before you start to see them slowly fade away again. The day I can walk through a store and never have to look at a pair of Birkenstocks again will be one of the best days of my life.



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