New king and queen crowned at game


Alma’s 2018 Homecoming Court, announced in the week prior to Homecoming, rode through the parade and onto Bahlke Field where the King, Christopher Nolan (‘19), and Queen, Najelle Gilmore (‘19), were announced.

This year’s court consisted of 10 nominees, five each for King and Queen: Ben Elliot (’19), Eric Ferrara (’19), Brian May (’19), Logan St. John (’19), Caitlin DeZwaan (’19), Emily Jodway (’19), Alyssa Mohr (’19), Marina Thornton (’19), Nolan and Gilmore

These ten students were chosen by their peers to represent Alma College at the homecoming parade and football game.

All the homecoming court members chose Alma for the friendly community and the understanding professors.

“I chose Alma for the professors. The very first professor I met here was Joe [Jezewski], who was head of the theatre department. He helped me through my first year so much,” said Mohr.

Mohr continued, “And Dr. Palmer, who was my FYS professor, was a huge guiding factor in me choosing English as my major. Though both of them are now retired, I think of them often and am always grateful for the guidance they gave me.”

For Gilmore, Alma felt like a family dynamic, and she said, “I visited campus and I was in awe of the community here. I come from a family of 11 and I knew as I was looking at different schools that finding a second family was important. Alma had that for me; it’s become my home.”

Another question that all the court members were asked was “What superpower could you have and why?” Elliot and Jodway chose invisibility, Mohr wanted to be able to be in multiple places at the same time, Nolan selected teleportation. “Flight, because flying would be pretty neat,” said Ferrara, to which Gilmore agreed.

Favorite quotes of the court varied from funny to meaningful. Thornton was excited to contribute hers, and said, “‘Number 15: Burger King Foot Lettuce.’ The last thing you’d want in your Burger King burger is someone’s foot fungus, but, as it turns out, that’s exactly what you might get.”

Thornton continued, “A 4Channer uploaded a photo, anonymously to the site, showcasing his feet in a plastic bin of lettuce with the statement: This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King.’ Chills, ‘Top 15 Mysteries Solved by 4Chan.’”

Mohr’s favorite quote is from a professor, and said, “‘You are enough.’ – Joe Jezewski.”

In regard to eating habits, the favorite foods of the homecoming court were also diverse. “I LOVE potato soup. My dad makes giant homemade batches,” said Gilmore.

Thornton’s favorite food is something other college students can relate to, and said, “My favorite food ever in the whole world? Definitely the Monterey Jack Chicken Taquitos from 7-Eleven. No doubt about it. I could eat those anytime, anywhere.”

Nearly all the members of homecoming court are involved in Greek Life.

“I’m in my fourth year in the sorority,” said Jodway, the president of Gamma Phi Beta. “I’ve loved every second of it and the friend’s I’ve made and what the sisterhood has done for my confidence, as well as what I’ve been able to do to benefit the sorority itself.”

The Homecoming King and Queen winners, Nolan and Gilmore, were announced at the game on Saturday. They were crowned and honored at the beginning of pregame. “It was a pleasant surprise,” said Nolan. “It’s an honor to be a part of the Homecoming Court and I’m happy that the student body thought of me.”

New year encourages self-reflection

By Cassie Florian

Staff Writer

With one year concluded and another beginning, Alma College students share their new year resolutions, how they’ve been sticking to them and if they are worth even making in the first place.   

When asked if he had made any new year resolutions, Seth Davis (’17) said, “Yes, [to read] 20 pages of a book that is not related to school eveScreen Shot 2018-01-15 at 2.55.54 PMry day and to read at least two articles every day about what happens in the world.”  

Davis continues by saying that this resolution will help him to keep up to date on political news and give him something more constructive and fun to do with his time.  

In regards to her new year resolutions, Marina Evstifeeva [Russia] said, “I want to live successfully for the next four months in America, be successful at the Model UN conference and catch the happy moments in life,” which she says she tends to “notice when they already pass.”  

When asked why she chose these goals, Evstifeeva said, “Being in America is one of the greatest events in my life and also to have a wonderful first half of the year.”   

When asked how she was doing on her resolutions, Evstifeeva said, “I’m trying; happiness comes from hanging out with friends and getting out and experiencing college life. I’ve also been working really hard for Model UN.”   

“I did make some new year resolutions,” said Naomi Oravitz (’21).  “My two main resolutions are to keep my room clean and to not worry as much.”  

Oravitz chose these because, she is “a super messy person and [her] room has also been an issue for [her],  

“Now I have a roommate who is very neat,” said Oravitz. “I decided that I shouldn’t worry as much because I’m constantly overthinking everything and in a lot of ways that ruins things. I worry about the things that I can and can’t control, so at the end of the day I’m left stressed and drained.”  

“So far I’ve stuck to my resolutions,” said Oravitz, “but I know something’s got to give. I’ll probably end up breaking one of them soon enough.”  

When asked why she makes resolutions, Oravitz added, “I feel like they’re a chance for me to better myself and start over. Everyone makes goals, so I guess I kind of figure it makes sense to make them at the start of the year rather the middle.”  

Davis stated that he tries not to make resolutions. 

“I try not to, so I don’t break them [but] this is a very different resolution; I have plenty of books and want to immerse myself in that.”  

“No, I did not make any new year’s resolutions because I believe that the new year’s ‘clean slate’ does not mean a new me,” said Brooklyn Dearing (’20).   

“I am the same person I was in 2017, I have my flaws that I want to improve, but it isn’t something that will happen overnight.”   

When asked if she thinks of new year’s resolutions as being beneficial or just something that people will eventually break, Dearing stated, “I believe that people can keep their new year’s resolutions but I find it very rarely. You begin change when you are ready for it and truly want to.”   

“I have made the typical resolutions in the past of working out more and eating healthier, but ultimately those failed because they weren’t something that I truly saw as a problem in my life that I wanted to fix,” said Dearing in regards to past new year’s resolutions.   

“If you want to change something about your life, do it. Don’t do it because ‘new year, new me.’ Do it because you want to fully commit to that change and improve your life.”

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