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Should Red and Whites be more traditional?

Graphic by Kelsey Shockey

First of all, I love dances, so just thinking about Red and Whites is exciting. Even though it is in January, I already asked who I wanted to go with and thankfully, he said yes.

However, there is one little dilemma that keeps coming to mind.

Although Red and Whites and Counties are known as the “Sadie Hawkins” dances, there is something not right, especially because of the idea that the girls asks the boys.

It’s certainly  not wrong for the girls to ask because they can essentially ask the boy they desire to go with. At the same time, it almost  makes the girl look desperate.

Generally, for the students who are “going out” or dating, the boy tends to be the one who steps up to the plate and does the asking.

Since I live with my grandparents, I have obtained similar values and morals as them and because of that, I am more than aware of the “old fashioned” days.

Every time I ask my Grandma questions about dating and such during dinner, she always reminds me that my Grandpa called , not texted, her everyday for a full year.

The funny part is she still wouldn’t go on a date with him until my great grandmother finally convinced her.

But the point is, the young lady likes it when a gentlemen does something nice for her.

Clearly, times have changed and I am not saying that change isn’t good. It’s great that women have stepped up their roles over the years and have continued to do so.

But overall, there are certain duties that differentiate men and women, so I personally believe that it is the gentleman’s duty to have enough chutzpah to ask the young lady to a dance or date.

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Kelsey Shockey, Web Sports Editor
Though she may flaunt skirts and cardigans in every hue of pink, Kelsey Shockey’s ’14 girly presence is not to be misconstrued. The Staples Senior’s true passion is sports. Since the age of five, Shockey has devoted herself to playing tennis year round. Currently a member of the girls’ varsity team, Shockey hopes to pursue the sport in college. “I love tennis because it is like performing on a stage and the spotlight is on you,” Shockey said. However, Shockey isn’t just getting attention on the courts. Since her freshman year, she has been involved in the Staples Television Network (STN), providing coverage for sports events. “I was never a great speaker in middle school or elementary school because I was so shy. But now I’ve come out of my shell,” Shockey said. “STN changed everything.” Dreaming of one day gracing national television, she hopes to study communications with an emphasis on broadcast journalism. Combining her love for sports and communications, it’s no wonder that Shockey is a perfect fit as one of Inkling’s Web Sports Editors. Full of exuberance and enthusiasm, she loves that she can “connect with people” through her writing. Shockey’s proudest work is “Explosion at Boston Marathon,” the first breaking news story she has ever written for Inklings. With a strong work ethic as well as a flare for sports and broadcasting, Shockey is sure to be a valuable addition to this year’s Inklings staff.

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