Freshmen Faux Pas

UnknownThe first day of freshman year can always be over whelming, from not knowing where your classes are to not knowing where to sit. It takes a while to get into the swing of things and to fully understand how your fellow classmates function. Learning the social norms of campus can be a great help in making your first semester of freshman year go by smoothly. Upperclassmen can be uncaring when it comes to common freshmen slipups because these upperclassmen have made the same errors. Some common freshman faux pas that some people are guilty of can be fixed quite easily. The most common and most noticeable faux pas would be wearing lanyards around the neck. This is an understandable practice because of the convenience of your student ID and your room key being just around your neck. Instead try a nice wallet with a strap to carry to and from classes, put your room key on a hair tie and wear around the wrist, or just put your things in your pockets. Another common slipup is learning the “ins and outs” of the dining hall. This, of course, is just because freshmen have not been at WAC as long. So make sure to be mindful and respectful of others in the dining hall and everyone will eventually get into the same rhythm. Also, is important to be respectful of your professors and other classmates. Most professors will hold you to a higher standard then most high school teachers, so try no to purposefully disturb the class. Finally, a slipup that could potentially get you into some type of trouble is trying to find and attend parties. Just because there is loud music playing and lots of people does not make it an open event. Walking into and unknown house or dorm is not very safe and could turn out badly. It is only the first day of classes so don’t worry about not having a close group of friends. There is plenty of time to find your place here at WAC and when you do you can walk into dorms knowing most everyone. If you take a mental note of the few faux pas mentioned, then hopefully your freshman year will be the best it can be.

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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Literary House’s Open House

The Literary House is located next to Caroline Dormitory

The Literary House is located next to Caroline Dormitory

As boot camp comes to an end, The Elm staff leaves with more experience and knowledge that will help them this upcoming semester. If anyone is interested for writing for The Elm, or becoming a photographer, you should come to the open house this evening. The open house is located at the Literary House, which is next to Caroline, and will give those interested an opportunity to speak with The Elm staff. Come hear first hand what the editors have to say about their sections and ask as many questions as you want. Writing for The Elm is a great opportunity and can lead to many connections on and off campus. If you are looking for a way to get involved and stay on top of things happing at WAC, then The Elm is the place for you. The open house will be from 8:30p.m. and run until 10:00p.m, so come stop by when you get the chance!

Hope to see you there!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

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Welcome Class of 2019

Today the rest of the freshman class finally moved into their dorms. Move-in day is always very hectic but also very exciting. Unpacking can seem like a hassle but with help from parents, Peer mentors, RA’s, the SGA, and The Men’s Soccer team it definitely goes by a lot more smoothly. Class of 2019 looks ready for the rest of ordination and for classes to start on Monday. The campus will start to feel like its old self again as the upperclassmen start to comeback this weekend!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photos  by Brooke Harig

Photojournalism Workshop

Hailey Craig shows The Elm staff how to edit photos

Hailey Craig shows The Elm staff how to edit photos

The Elm staff has made it through another day of boot camp! Aside from writing articles and giving interviews, the staff has attended many information sessions. These have either been lead by the editors or special guests, who provide everyone with important information. Today the staff attended a photography and photojournalism workshop lead by The Elm’s Photo Editor, Hailey Craig’17. During this session Hailey walked the staff through the key components of photojournalism. Hailey stressed the importance of taking proper photos that show a clear and recognizable subject line. Photojournalism tells a story and photographers should be aware of this while taking pictures. Make sure your photos are centered and in focus to ensure the best quality possible, and always remember the rule of thirds. Hailey encourages anyone taking photos to follow these tips. If anyone is interested in becoming a photographer for The Elm come to our Monday meeting at 6:30p.m. in the Sears House.

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo by Brooke Harig

Campus Crime and Crime Reporting

Jerry and Sue lead a discussion on the Literary House porch

Jerry and Sue lead a discussion on the Literary House porch

Today The Elm staff got a special visit from the infamous Director of Public Safety, Jerry Roderick. Jerry and his colleague, Sue Golinski, the department’s Operations Supervisor, gave the staff some very important information. If any editors or staff writers are reporting about crimes or news, on or off campus, they can go to The Department of Public Safety for information. Jerry informed everyone that there is specific information that cannot be shared and other information that is public record, such as police reports and property rights, meaning anyone can access it. In addition to telling the staff about basic public safety operations, Jerry also gave some of his world-class advice. He strongly encourages everyone to get the Live Safe App, which is a quick and easy way to send in tips. This App allows Public Safety to quickly respond and follow up with complaints or tips that have been called in. There is even an option to send in tips anonymously, if one would prefer. Jerry Roderick wants us all to remember that Public Safety is here to keep our campus as safe as possible!

The Elm staff picked up some great advice and continued their boot camp with more training and information sessions. Everyone is working hard to put out the first issue of The Elm, so make sure to get your copy next week!

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo By Brooke Harig

Boot Camp has Begun!

The Elm staff goes over assignments for the first issues

The Elm staff goes over assignments for the  first issue

Bright and early this morning the editors for the Elm began their week-long Boot camp. Boot camp refreshes and trains the editors to get them ready for another school year filled with many Elms. Today the editors, and even a few staff writers, came together after a long and restful summer to get ready for the fast approaching fall semester. After a budget meeting, copyediting workshop, and plenty of coffee and doughnuts, the Elm staff got down and dirty with assignments. Everyone squeezed into the Elm office while the Editor and Chief, Emma Way’16, lead this afternoon’s meeting. With some great article topics the first issue is looking great. Be sure to pick up next week’s issue on Thursday, Sep. 3 from various locations around campus, such as the library, Hodson, and the CAC.

Brooke Harig

Social Media Editor

Photo by Brooke Harig