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Homecoming takes over Halloweekend

Berklee Antecol
Isamar Theobald (’25) stands conflicted holding both her Homecoming dress and Halloween costume. With the upcoming Webb event and Halloweekend celebrations, many Webb students have voiced their thoughts and opinions on the poor planning. The student body not only felt strongly about the planning but also wondered why the theme couldn’t be Halloween related. “I’m bummed out that Hoco falls on Saturday the 28th when it takes away time from my Halloween plans,” Isamar said.

Homecoming is not worth missing the spooky fun that is happening all around town the same weekend. A trip to Newport for A Mystical Night Under the Sea is sure to be a thrilling experience, but the date of the dance may hamper with the fun. During most Halloweekends, many Webbies go out with friends to family events, parties, hangouts, and more. If students refuse to venture away from their typical Halloween weekend plans, Homecoming could turn into a major bust. 

Homecoming could be compared to a party, but it is unfair to have students pick between the dance floor and the once-a-year experience Halloween parties provide. While both Homecoming and Halloween events are important, choosing between the two can be tough. Especially if your main goal was to meet new people or dress up in a silly costume, finding yourself walking around all night in formal clothes with your feet aching from heels or dress shoes might make one event seem more appealing than the other. 

Besides just missing out on Halloween weekend events, this year Halloween itself is on a Tuesday. Since it is on a weekday boarders have restrictions on leaving campus, a similar issue to last year, when Halloween was on a Monday. In addition, since it is a weekday, students will likely have homework on their plates, pushing them towards staying home to do their work instead of partaking in Halloween fun. If students are faced with summatives, then homework could overtake the only Halloween experience they have left of the year.  

Webb administrators argue that the date of Homecoming was not chosen with the intention of stealing the thunder of Halloween and Halloween weekend but was simply chosen because it was the weekend that worked best for Webb’s schedule this year.   

Ken Rosenfeld, Dean of Campus Life, went in-depth about how October and November are busy months with alumni weekend, the fall play, and the recent break all taking up space on the weekends.   

“We chose the weekend we thought would have aligned the best with everyone’s schedule,” said Mr. Rosenfeld.  

Given the night it falls on this year, many Webbies hoped the Homecoming theme would revolve around Halloween a little more. Instead, the theme this year is Atlantis.  

“We felt bottlenecked by a Halloween theme and decided that we wanted to go with something different, “said Jonathan Rosales (‘24), WSC Executive President.  

Student Government has put a lot of effort into this Homecoming and there is only so much they can do with these dates set by the Calendar Committee.  

The Calendar Committee is a group which plans all Webb events for the student body. Once they are planned, at the beginning of the school year, they are no longer subject to change. The inconvenient planning of events is a common theme that has been spoken about among students. Just as many students complained about the poorly planned Homecoming date, the release of this year’s theme, Atlantis, also sparked many opinions within the student body.  

“Why not just do a costume theme?” said Xajani Badkar (‘24).  

Students expressed that Atlantis was not the right decision for Homecoming’s theme this year, wishing they had attempted to incorporate the Halloween spirit like the Winter Formal last year. The student government takes many weeks planning these events with the job of representing the student voice throughout the planning process.  

“The planning of Homecoming date is at a very poor timing compared to last year,” Matt Maschler (‘24) said.  

Considering this, the planning for Webb events could be planned more around the students and for coming years the student voice should be considered in the Calendar Committee decision on dates. This conflict can be resolved with the aid of Webb administration, but the issue is that the student opinion needs to be voiced by their class representatives in these meetings so change can take place. Homecoming being placed on the weekend of Halloween is bad planning overall, and the misplanning of dates will continue until student voices reach the school.

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Berklee Antecol
Berklee Antecol, Co-Editor of Opinion
As a fashionista, Berklee Antecol (‘25) not only loves the design side of fashion but also the statistics. Although she wants to study economics or business in the future, Berklee also has a fascination with the fashion industry. Her personality is like a vibrant pink fabric in a mix of pastel colors. This gradient is carried through her experiences in the Webb community; wherever you are, she will stand out as a bright glow of energy and positivity. Like a seamstress selecting the right thread for the fabric, she works as an admission ambassador, introducing prospective students into the fabric of the Webb community. Yet Berklee's life is not just bold pink; she can settle into paler, calmer hues of pink as well. She loves to snuggle on the couch and click play on her favorite Netflix show, Gilmore Girls, or listen to calm music like Still Woozy to improve her homework efficiency. This year, as the Editor of Opinion, Berklee wants to jump into a fast-working mindset and to write and publish as many articles as she can. Like sewing haute couture, Berklee is always ready to go with fast quality work.   Song: I Feel Fantastic - Riovaz
Nicolaas Grobler
Nicolaas Grobler, Co-Editor of Photography
Relishing all the small moments, Nicolaas Grobler (‘24) captures them all by engaging with different forms of media, from video editing to photography. Aside from this, Nick enjoys skateboarding with friends, listening to artists like Playboi Carti and Tay-K or watching some of his favorite shows like The Office or BoJack Horseman. This past summer, Nick returned to Long Island, New York, where he often returns each year to spend with his family. From working as a busboy to volunteering as a nurse, Nick was staying busy. Whether in front of or behind the camera, he finds a way to capture his passions in the spotlight. His interests in both business from trading stocks and the medical field have inspired him to pursue a future in the biotech business industry. As Nick enters his final year at Webb and in journalism as the Editor of Photography, he hopes to expand the media content he puts out while enjoying his last memories here, one click at a time.  Favorite Song: "Out On Bond" by BabyTron

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