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Whereabouts of Webb merch puzzles students

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Gabby Diaz (‘23) and Nathan Liu (‘23) sport a Webb hoodie and Webb sweatpants for Webb Wednesday. The two juniors are only a few of the small majority of the student population who participate in Webb Wednesday. Though there has been less participation for Webb Wednesdays this year than others, students have expressed that they would be more than happy to enjoy the perks that come with wearing Webb clothing once the student store opens. “I wasn’t here when the student store was open, but I wish it was [open] because then I’d be able to buy Webb merch,” Stephanie Ma (‘25) said. Photo Credits: Noelani Chock (‘23)

After three months of school, Webb students still have not been able to purchase Webb merchandise, because the student store is nowhere to be seen on campus. There has been no official announcement about when the store will be opening. Both new students who have not had the opportunity to buy Webb merchandise and students who want to get their last fill of Webb sweatpants before graduating are concerned.

“The main reason for [the setback of the spirit store] is because we want to do it right,” said Ken Rosenfeld, Dean of Campus Life. “We could have opened it a while ago, but it would have meant rushing the design process and it would have meant rushing the creation of the online store. Not only do we need to make sure that the designs are something that everybody is going to appreciate, but also the quality and the materials that we are using have to be at a certain standard.”

Students believed that the spirit store would be open by now, but now anticipate it to open after winter break. However, the benefits of prolonging the opening process outweigh the cons of waiting. The newly branded spirit store committee has taken their time to curate pieces because they want to ensure that students will love the new products and that the online store will run smoothly. The impact of COVID-19 on the global supply chain is also an explanation for the setback.

The “student store” will not only be rebranded as the “spirit store,” but it will also go through an entire upgrade for its products and their colors. Webb has decided to incorporate more aspects from the Raymond Alf Museum into the marketing of the school; the museum is such an integral part of the community. Not only does Webb have WSC colors and VWS colors, but it now includes shared school colors: Unbounded blueCalifornia goldand Alf grey.

“[The products are] meant to have a representation of all three of those colors so that way everyone’s able to wear it without it necessarily being designated WSC or VWS,” Mr. Rosenfeld said. “We are trying as best as possible to create a universal line that anyone in any school would be able to use and feel represented.”

Though Webb’s merchandise team has already created these new pieces, students feel that they should be able to participate in the design process. Students would like to bring out their creative sides while contributing to the community. These ideals of creativity and community lie at the heart of Webb’s mission, and it would be a great way for students to feel like they have a voice in decisions that are usually left to faculty.

“I would want to wear [Webb merch] more if it were my work and I would feel proud of myself for being active in the community,” Emily Huang (‘23) said.

The spirit store committee is extremely open to student suggestions and design ideas. They recognize that the spirit store is a place for students to get products that represent them and that they can use to show off their Webb pride.

“What we are hoping to do is that in our second wave and third wave of merchandise that’s where we will open it up a little bit more for students to be able to provide design options,” Mr. Rosenfeld said.

Webb Wednesdays allow students to enjoy the perks of wearing comfortable clothing while showing school spirit. A Webb sweatshirt with sports shorts is a common trend on Wednesdays as well as the infamous Webb sweatpants paired with a hoodie.

“Wearing Webb merch on Wednesdays gives me the excuse to wear sweatpants,” Fran Torres (‘23) said. “I also like my Webb hoodie which I’ve worn since freshman year.”

The committee hopes to open the student store soon after winter break but is hesitant to make any promises. It will be located in a 6-foot by 8-foot pop-up shop in the Hooper Community Center where students will be able to purchase a variety of products like masks, notebooks, hoodies, and sweaters. As students await the return of their beloved Webb merchandise, they can feel reassured that the spirit store committee has their best interests at heart.

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Narineh Madikians, Public Editor
Narineh Madikians (23) is coming back to Webb for her senior year as a completely new person. Along with her new position as the Webb Canyon Chronicle's new Public Editor, Narineh is also a head peer advisor and a member of the VWS varsity volleyball team. Even though her senior year is full of change, Narineh still loves humanities courses from past years such as Advanced Studies Creative Nonfiction. She encourages everyone at Webb to take this class as it has made a significant impact on her writing techniques. This year, she is focusing on the future while also trying to stay present at the moment, hoping to make as many lasting memories as she can before she leaves for college. After a long and busy week at school, Narineh uses her weekends to recharge. She loves to go out with her friends or stay at home and watch movies with her parents and three dogs: Jeckie, Dash, and Rex. At the end of the day, Narineh unwinds by listening to her favorite artists such as Mac Miller, Frank Ocean, and Childish Gambino. Narineh will use her new and old experiences throughout Webb, the WCC, and outside life, to make her senior year unforgettable.   Favorite Song: "Crimson and Clover" by Tommy James and The Shondells
Noe Chock, Chief Editor of Media
Once you get to know Noelani Chock (‘23), she might remind you of a series of fireworks, launching off a compact spot and bursting her colorful energy to those around her. Dedicated soccer player and avid K-pop fan, Noe catapults into the Webb Canyon Chronicle as the Chief of Media, with the ambitions of contributing to future media progression. Noe, ironically allergic to crabs, is a compassionate Cancer that carries the water sign trait of devotion and as a result, is eager to experience an explosive final year. When she is not blocking shooting balls in soccer as a goalkeeper, digging balls at her varsity volleyball practice, or igniting spirit events as head peer-advisor, you’ll find her kickin’ it back at the beach with friends, munching on some boba and sushi, or concocting her next colorful batch of slime. She hopes to continue the Webb Canyon Chronicle’s momentum from last year and organize an extensive project like the Unbounded Days video series. Her radiant presence and immense school spirit are impossible to miss on campus, so watch out — Noe is back to finish her senior year with a bang.  Favorite song: “0x1 Lovesong” by TXT 

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