Category Archives: Student Life

Improving Community Outdoor Space

Patricia Gotti, Anna Elder, Nick Hardeman, Jessica Thomeczek and Liz Carthen paint the discussion table for the Center of Faith and Service. PHOTO BY HALEY SHORT.
BY HALEY SHORT
STAFF WRITER

Tasked with implementing a community based art initiative project, students from the art of service class decided to improve the community outdoor space on campus. After spending weeks creating this project, the unveiling occurred on Monday outside of the Center for Faith and Service.

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Balancing Schoolwork and Employment

Kylie Ferro at her job at Walgreens in Fulton. PHOTO BY ASHLEY FOGEL.

BY JORDAN ESRY 
STAFF WRITER

Westminster students are constantly studying, participating in various activities, and trying to get enough sleep to function. However, some students also work part-time or full-time jobs in addition to their schoolwork. With the likelihood of student loan debt after college and numerous college expenses, many students on campus need employment.

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Coaching Culture at Westminster

John Brinkmann, ’12 (center), played baseball for Westminster College and is now the varsity baseball coach at Fulton High School. He is pictured here with two of his players, future Blue Jays Alec Fleetwood, ’21 (left), and Devin Masek, ’21 (right). Fleetwood and Masek are also Westminster legacies. PHOTO BY JOHN TUTHILL, FULTON HIGH SCHOOL, ’18.

BY BRITTANY MORRIS 
STAFF WRITER

While attending a sporting event at William Woods University or Fulton High School, you might notice some familiar faces. Many of the coaches in the area, such as John Brinkmann, ’12, varsity baseball coach at the high school, and James Hays, head basketball coach at William Woods, are graduates of Westminster. The alumni revealed that it was their Westminster coaches who inspired them to pursue their career paths.


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Comfort vs. Confidence: Does Your Outfit Affect Your Grade?

For many students, classroom attire and testing attire are two separate things. Here (left to right), Tabitha Tiefenthaler, Paige Townsend and Kaely Fitterling write a listicle together in class. PHOTO BY MAUREEN TUTHILL

BY JOCELYNN KELLER 
STAFF WRITER

Whether or not we would like to admit it, finals week is quickly approaching for students. For some, this will be the eighth semester of finals, but for others it may only be the second. As we all begin the dreaded process of studying for finals, one thing that may slip the mind is what outfit to wear.

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Mason Evers, ’19, had not heard of the “dress well, test well” concept and is causal with his outfit.

One beautiful afternoon, I set out to take pictures of students showing off an outfit that they would wear to take a final or important test. I wanted to investigate the claim that dressing well made students test better, also known as the “dress well, test well” concept. I asked many students, however most of them were not wearing an outfit that they deemed test appropriate. Many sent me pictures later that evening of their typical testing outfit.

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Freshman Jace Christopher opted for a more casual look. PHOTO BY JOCELYNN KELLER

The first person to allow me to take a picture was sophomore Mason Evers, who had not heard of the idea of “dress well to test well.” His outfit was casual, but met the need of comfort for a student who has been awake long hours studying. Another student with similar preferences to Evers was freshman Jace Christopher.

They both wore a hat, t-shirt, shorts, and tennis shoes. After being asked why he chose the look he did, Christopher stated, “Why should I waste time looking nice for a final? My job is to perform well on the test. Worrying about what to wear will take away precious time I could be using to study.”

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Junior Megan Edgar is ready for finals in a big t-shirt and shorts. PHOTO BY JORDAN ESRY

These two men were not the only ones to decide on the comfy look. Junior Megan Edgar did as well. Picking a t-shirt and Nike shorts, Edgar claimed she was ready for a final. Senior Kelli Albrecht also opted for a casual look, but with a twist. She wore a hat, fraternity shirt, and Birkenstocks for comfort, but added jeans to take her look up a notch.

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Kelli Albrecht ,’17, chose a comfortable outfit to perform best on tests. PHOTO BY ALEX BAUER

“I would be wearing a hat because I probably would not have had time to shower the night before,” Albrecht explained. “Glasses because my eyes would be tired from looking at my laptop screen and staying up late, and could not handle contacts. Fraternity shirt because they are comfortable. Jeans to make my outfit look like I put a little thought and consideration into it. And last, Birks for comfort and style.”

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Carson Pope, ’18, opts to “dress well” for his finals. PHOTO BY JOCELYNN KELLER

Some students showcased dressier outfits. Juniors Carson Pope and Sydney Franklin had to either change into an outfit that they would wear to test in, or find a picture of themselves in a more suitable option. Pope wore dress pants with a long sleeve button up and a nice belt and shoes.

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Junior Sydney Franklin likes to dress up for finals to offset the test vibe. PHOTO BY MASON EVERS

Franklin changed into a dress with sandals and carried a large purse. “Getting dressed up is fun and tests aren’t, so I do it to offset the bad vibes a little,” Franklin said. “But dressing up gives me a little more confidence going into a test, too.”

It was made clear that not all of the students at Westminster had the same opinion on what to wear during finals weeks. While some of these outfits may align with the “dress well” portion of the philosophy, the “testing well” is up to the student to decide.

Westminster Campus Activities Board Strives for More Student Interaction on Campus

A collage of students at various CAB events throughout the semester. PHOTO COURTESY OF TENZIN TSUENDUE.

BY DYLAN OKENFUSS 
STAFF WRITER

The Westminster College Campus Activities Board (CAB) has had difficulties in attracting students to attend events, so this semester the group made an effort to be more proactive in getting students involved.  

CAB has increased its presence on social media platforms such as Facebook and has encouraged students to pitch their own ideas. CAB president Lydia Creech, ’19, stated that they have handed out surveys at their events in order to gauge interest in potential future events. This tactic appears to have been effective. Creech stated, “We’ve gotten a lot of feedback in relation to how our current events are going and what kinds of events we can have in the future.”  

“I want everyone to know that we take every criticism seriously.”  –Lydia Creech, ’19, CAB president.  

The surveys collected at every event are reviewed during CAB’s weekly meeting. “I want everyone to know that we take every criticism seriously,” said Creech.  

In addition to being more active on social media and listening to feedback from the student body, CAB has also marketed their events in JCI and have posted flyers around campus. By advertising in various places and formats, CAB is hoping to attract different crowds of people.  

“I always encourage my chairs by letting them know that if one person comes to an event and has a good time, then it was a successful event,” Creech explained. “We are going to try and provide events that a wide variety of people can go to throughout the year and say that they had fun at an event.”  

More students participating in these events will lead to new relationships being formed within the student body and a healthier environment on campus, Creech said: “We hope that if people are enjoying events and having a good time creating relationships with people and memories at Westminster, then they will want to stay and bring their friends, too.”  

“I always encourage my chairs by letting them know that if one person comes to an event and has a good time, then it was a successful event.”  –Lydia Creech, ’19

Emily Nordsieck, CAB’s creative publicity chair and special events chair, said that her favorite part of the increased student engagement is having the opportunity to get a chance to see and interact with people that she otherwise wouldn’t have. 

Notable events that CAB has orchestrated this semester include archery tag, a mystery bus trip, Tattoo Tuesday, comedy nights, a performance by hypnotist David Hall, and the leadership awards. 

Students who feel that they can contribute to the student life or campus environment at Westminster can pitch ideas to Lydia Creech by email  at LCreech.19@westminster-mo.edu. 

Students can also like the CAB on Facebook by searching Westminster CAB, following the CAB on twitter (@WestMOCAB), or following on Instagram @ westmocab.

Allison Frisella, ’19, and Tenzin Tsuendue, ’19, contributed to the reporting of this story.

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