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The imaginable indoors

After spending the past few months predicting the weather that Sept. 30 will bring, the big day is finally ten days away and the forecast has been revealed. When you open the app, you see a storm cloud icon next to Saturday. Great, what now? Will Homecoming be postponed? Or worse, canceled?

Having Homecoming inside will eliminate all of this stress and add a variety of fun filled accommodations.

Being a part of the E-board for Student Association has allowed me to see both sides of this argument and make a confident decision that having homecoming indoors is the better option.

Lauren Wortman ‘23, Lucy Vansyckle ’23, Evie Ulbrich ’23, Libby Ebenhoeh ’23, and Jane Vansyckle ’23 at their senior year homecoming dance
(Katie VandeWyngearde ’24)

Since we would not have to spend a large majority of our budget on an outdoor tent, we could use that money to exaggerate other areas that may be more appealing to the student body. For instance, this year we are able to spend more money on an energetic DJ to help the crowd feel more hype– plus the music will be louder inside. Along with that, we are able to purchase an abundance of disco decorations and props to go with the theme of this year’s Homecoming. I mean who would choose a tent over those things? Definitely not me.

Being inside also allows students to have the option to step away from all of the action for a second. You would be able to utilize the upper balconies of the gym to provide a place to sit and relax. This is important to have, especially since you are unable to reenter the dance after exiting.

Homecoming dance held indoors in 2022. (Katie VandeWyngearde ’24)

While some people prefer the idea of having Homecoming on the front lawn, you can’t beat the traditional school dance atmosphere. Everyone should be able to enjoy this day with limited concerns, and holding it indoors allows for South to provide all sorts of amenities for an overall improved experience.

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Katie VandeWyngearde ’24
Writing has always been a passion of Katie VandeWyngearde’s ’24, and she joined the Tower specifically to embrace it—where better to do that on the school paper? “A lot of my classes are science or math-related, so taking this class felt like a fun way to end my senior year rather than taking a traditional English class,” VandeWyngearde said. As a captain of the field hockey team, VandeWyngearde clearly has what it takes to lead people in the right direction this year and she said she hopes to fine-tune her own writing abilities while assisting others as a copy editor on staff. “I'm excited to create stories that will reach an audience that goes beyond just the classroom,” VandeWyngearde said.

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