Florida Man or Swag Like Ohio?

Naomi Zahid, Contributing Writer
Naomi Zahid, Contributing Writer

Picture this: raining almost everyday and mosquitoes everywhere, then suddenly, it’s 95 degrees Fahrenheit outside. That is a typical day in Florida. Even though I have only been here in Ohio for about three weeks now, I have grown a bit accustomed to what it is like to be somewhere where the weather forecast is not a guessing game. Being here in Wooster has been a bit of a culture shock, having seen so little and yet so much.

As a freshman from the class of 2026, my move-in was smooth, but it’s been hard to find things that feel like home. Compared to Miami, I can’t find a lot of things that I am used to seeing near me. At home, I was surrounded by many different restaurants that could provide me with a taste of exquisite cultural foods, from Ethiopian curry platters with injera to Mexican food trucks with homemade tacos. I miss my mom’s cooking, especially her pho and her beef curry. Lowry can’t compare to the food options I had at home, too; although some of those food options are just so good, especially the chicken noodle soup. 

The fields of corn remind me of the many farms I would pass on my way to school in South Miami, yet they’re so different because Florida doesn’t have hills. Even the parties are different, and no one can throw a party like a Miami party. The scenery has been amazing, and I am so happy that I can wear a hoodie comfortably, yet I still miss being able to smell the rain and humidity of the Florida air.

Something I wasn’t really expecting to see here in Wooster was a live drug deal. Now hear me out, I was simply downtown with my friends, and we drove past a random guy doing a drug deal at a corner. I was so astonished. I always thought that that would only happen in movies. However, I’ve probably seen it happen in Miami as well. 

Contrary to the goofy memes of Florida and Ohio, both places are so beautiful in their own respects, especially the nature that surrounds both cities. One aspect of Ohio that I don’t really get in Florida is being able to see the night sky. It’s hard to see it back home, and it’s only slight stars if at all. Here, I get to enjoy late night walks with my friends and being able to see the sky when it’s super dark out. Yet, I miss understanding the whole context when I see a daily “Only in Dade” post on my Instagram feed. 

One bad thing that I’ve noticed is that, because we are all in proximity with each other, we can all get sick easily. Especially with COVID still around, all my friends have gotten it and are quarantining themselves right now. I’ve been trying my best to not get it by always wearing a mask, even in my own dorm room, which really makes me miss having my own space. I miss having my shower, and I miss my dogs. It’s even hard doing a long-distance relationship. But I am trying my best to make the most of it here. Moral of the story is, there’s no better state because both are great in their own ways. Ohio has snow and Florida has heat. But I’ll enjoy my stay anyway.

Women’s Tennis Opens Season at Kenyon Invitational

Langston Hood, Senior Sports Writer

The Wooster women’s tennis team traveled to Gambier, Ohio to partake in the Kenyon Invitational, where the newly-minted Kenyon Owls hosted eight teams from Ohio and beyond in a two-day tournament. Along with Wooster, Case Western Reserve, Carnegie Mellon, Denison, John Carroll, Otterbein, Oberlin and Indiana University of Pennsylvania met for Kenyon’s version of the U.S. Open. Although the weather evaporated Sunday’s portion of the singles matches, Wooster embraced the difficulties and salvaged what they could from a weekend of hard fought matches. 

Saturday began with a series of tough singles matches for the Fighting Scots, as first-year Sarah Mashaal ’26 fell to Olivia Eckels ’25 of Otterbein University in a three set match (6-7, 7-5, 5-10). Eckels would go on to defeat Abby Aitken ’24 in straight sets (6-3, 6-1) as she played the villain more than once over the course of Saturday’s proceedings. Otilia Oita ’24 was also defeated in her singles matches against Lalasa Nagireddy ’25 of Kenyon in a three set battle (7-6, 3-6, 4-10). Oita would also fall to Asha Shukla ’26 of Case Western, in her second singles match of the day (2-6, 5-7). 

Despite the tough start, Oita remains confident that the rest of the season will see the Fighting Scots return to their winning ways. Oita reflected positively on the invitational saying, “this weekend, we played some really good schools and we all had close matches. I have high hopes for another regional ranking this year after seeing how the team elevated its game. I think it’s going to be an exciting season!”

Wooster found success in the singles portion of the Invitational later in the day as sophomore Janaki Jagnnathan ’25 recovered from a first set deficit to fight off Chloe Ku ’24 of Case Western in a close match (6-7, 6-3, 10-8). This came after Jagannathan dropped her first match against Anika Joshi ’26 of Carnegie Mellon, who dominated Court Three on Saturday, defeating each opponent that she faced. 

First-year Cherry Patlolla ’26 also picked up a win for the Scots defeating Felicity Kolb ’26 of John Carroll in dominant fashion, dropping only three games (6-1, 6-2). Patlolla faltered in her following match, an all-out war, with Sofia Zafiropulos ’26 of Denison as the two battled for the Court One throne (6-4, 4-6, 7-10). Abby Aitken ’24 tallied a win for the Fighting Scots as she defeated another John Carroll Blue Streak in dominant fashion, allowing Anna Vitale ’26 to win only three games in their match (6-3, 6-0). Aitken reflected on her experiences off the court that the invitational provided, speaking to the team’s camaraderie and the way the invitational brought them together. Aitken said, “my favorite part about playing in the Kenyon Invitational was getting to cheer on my teammates and having my teammates cheer me on. These really long tournaments are great for team bonding.” 

This unity was on full display as Saturday drew to a close with the Scots winning two of their doubles matches, claiming victory. The Wooster pairing consisting of Abby Williams ’26 and Katie Materick ’23 defeated a pair from Denison in a close match that finished 8-7. Aitken and Mashaal followed suit, laying waste to Vitale and Emma Boreman ’26 of John Carroll by a score of 8-5. These matches would bring Saturday to a close as the first day of the invitational ended. 

Sunday would play host to a strange set of circumstances as inclement weather drove play back inside, forcing the singles portion of the invitational to be called off as the outdoor courts were no longer playable. The day began with a rocky start as the doubles teams of Oita/Jagannathan and Patlolla/Nguyen both lost to teams from Case Western in convincing fashion. However, Patlolla/Nguyen found their stride in their next match, defeating a Kenyon pair in a nail-biting 8-7 victory. In the Scots’ last action of the weekend, Williams/Materick defeated an Otterbein team by a score of 8-6. 

Although the Fighting Scots struggled to find consistent results at times, the team remains positive and looks forward to broadcasting their resilient spirit as the season continues. Aitken reflected on the invitational in a positive manner, saying that she feels the team’s best tennis is ahead of them. “I’m looking forward to playing more matches in the rest of the fall season, but also getting to play with my teammates in the spring as well. We really bond as a team during these long weekend tournaments because we are spending so much time together celebrating wins, supporting after losses, and having so much fun.”

Wooster returns to the courts on Saturday, Sept. 17 in a home match against the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets!

The Royals After Elizabeth?

Gustav Bourdon, Contributing Writer
Gustav Bourdon, The Wooster Voice

At 18:41 London time, the official Twitter account of the United Kingdom’s Royal Family put out a simple message. It read, “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and the Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.” With that message, the Royal Family announced to the public that the nearly 71-year reign of Elizabeth Windsor II, Queen of the United Kingdom and Head of the Commonwealth, had come to an end. 

The immediate bureaucratic effects of this, however, are limited compared to if, for example, President Joe Biden or Prime Minister Liz Truss had experienced a similar series of events. Although Queen Elizabeth II was technically the United Kingdom’s head of state, her practical powers were almost non-existent: While the British government was technically Her Majesty’s Government, this phrasing is now merely symbolic.

However, Queen Elizabeth II had served as an excellent symbol over her 71-year reign, managing to shift with the times over those years while also managing to seem engaged yet detached. Most people can remember an anecdote of her staying in England during the Second World War to train as a medic, or her taking the crown prince of Saudi Arabia off-road driving at a time when women weren’t allowed to drive in Saudi Arabia and, “the Crown Prince implor[ing] the Queen to slow down,” yet her scandals have been remarkably few.

With her death, the United Kingdom and the Royal Family has lost an incredibly powerful symbol, and while the United Kingdom will survive, the Royal Family, at least in its current state and importance, will not.

Queen Elizabeth served as an anchor for the royals, her symbolic power keeping them in the spotlight. With that anchoring lost, the Royal Family is cast adrift. King Charles III isn’t the wry, perfectly neutral, symbol his mother was: He’s directly involved himself in issues such as climate change and sustainability, and is noticeably less detached than Queen Elizabeth. While this might be a step towards pushing issues he cares about forward, it also is a step back from Queen Elizabeth’s personable neutrality. Instead of being the eye of a political hurricane, the crown becomes one more voice in the whirlwind.

In addition, this forms an intriguing contradiction of the crown’s theoretical powers in comparison to the Crown serving as a symbolic cog in the system. When Queen Elizabeth gave her royal assent to a piece of legislation approved by Parliament, the public did not know her opinion of it, if she whole-heartedly agreed with it or actually hated it, and only approved it because that was her only practical option. 

With King Charles if, for example, the Conservative majority in Parliament voted in a bill that contradicted his public environmentalism, that would become fodder for headlines, and underline both how useless the crown is and how powerful it could theoretically be, eroding the perception of the crown as an institution.

At the same time, it would be impractical to turn the crown into simply a marble statue, dispassionately looking down on the United Kingdom from Buckingham Palace. Queen Elizabeth was broadly admired, but her reign was not perfect: After the death of Princess Diana, the Royal Family, entrapped in protocol, was accused of seeming cold, and public perception of the crown wavered. Queen Elizabeth managed to actively balance both of these two extremes, and became, in the process, an ideal.

Of course, it is possible that this is pessimism, and that King Charles III will manage to find his own tightrope walk to balance on, holding the Royal Family up for another generation, or that a future King William will manage to develop that same balance that his grandmother had. However, that will not be easy for either of them, or for any future Queens or Kings. The fact that Queen Elizabeth II managed to almost perfectly balance being detached and being engaged, slipping so few times in the process, is remarkable, and any future royals have nothing but a perfect symbol to be compared to.

The hottest scene: party on the green

Morgan Hunter, Contributing Writer
Photo Courtesy: The Wooster Voice

The results are in: the boogie was back on campus and a bit more metal this year. Another semester means another opportunity for our campus community to attend an outdoor concert put on by the one and only Wooster Activities Crew (WAC). With fun and entertainment for every type of person, Party on the Green 2022 was most certainly the biggest party of the season. For anyone who may want the down-low on this high-profile event, here’s what you need to know.

         Festivities kicked off last Saturday on the Residential Quad at 6 p.m., although many people arrived early in anticipation. Participants could find many booths and stations that had a selection of carnival-esque food, the biggest hits being pretzels and snow cones. WAC members could be found at stations with all sorts of prizes to help folks get into the concert spirit. With a long line well into the night, the henna station proved to be a crowd favorite. For anyone who wanted more physical fun out of their Party on the Green experience, there were plenty of inflatables to enjoy, manned by dedicated WAC members and volunteers alike.

         As the music started around 7 p.m., attendees flocked to the stage to see the highly-anticipated student opener: Tonal Whiplash. The band is a College of Wooster staple, made up of guitarist and vocalist Shane Byrne ’23 and drummer Artemis Swanson ’23. The two are known for both their innovative covers of alternative and rock songs and their intense and spirited originals that can be felt in the soul. One fan, Peter Barker ’23, described this act as the most fun they have had at a music event. “I especially liked the tie-ins that are specific to Wooster,” they explained. “Those especially made it feel special.” 

         The second act was Cleveland rapper Kipp Stone. His lyrics were well received and hard hitting, a pleasant surprise for those disappointed by the rapper who came last year. He performed his hits alongside his DJ, who was making his performance debut and even surprised the audience with a live freestyle rap. Towards the end of his set, Stone shared that Wooster was “probably [his] favorite place to perform” before introducing a new song that will be released in the near future.

         Finally, it was time for the main event: the headlining band Pom Pom Squad. The band, started by lead vocalist and guitarist Mia Berrin, was highly anticipated, especially due to their unique combination of intense sound and passionate lyrics. Their wide variety of influences and dedication to being the representation they hoped to see in the music industry made them a perfect fit for Wooster’s community.

         As the sun sets on another successful WAC event, many recount that it is disappointing that more students didn’t make the effort to come out and enjoy the festivities. One student in attendance, Ben Read ’23, mentioned that “The only thing is there’s not enough people, that’s the only issue.” 

The members of WAC work tirelessly leading up to and throughout the day of events such as these, yet many are unphased by these numbers. “In terms of turn-out, it was about what I expected it to be,” WAC member Willow Thomas ’25 explained. 

“I’d approximate attendance was around six hundred plus students,” commented Sarah Toby, assistant director of student engagement and advisor of WAC. “This was probably one of our best turnouts in attendance since pre-pandemic.” 

While it’s very unfortunate that so many Wooster students missed out on an event as memorable and successful as Party on the Green, never fear! It is only more of a reason to keep an eye out for whatever excitement WAC is planning next. 

Wooster Golf Sets Records and Receives Multiple Accolades

Miles Rochester, Sports Editor
A picture of the 18th hole at the Pine Hills Golf Club, where the Wooster men’s golf team competed in the Baldwin Wallace Invitational. Image Courtesy of Sam Norris ’25.

The women and men belonging to the College of Wooster’s golf program took to the road for a weekend invitational trip. The female Scots traveled to Lexington, Kentucky to participate in the Transylvania Fall Invitational, while their male counterparts stayed closer to home, commuting to Hinckley, Ohio to compete in the Baldwin Wallace Fall Invitational. Both teams, playing in their second event, looked to make a name for themselves and prepare for conference play. 

The women performed exceptionally well over the course of their two-day tournament, resulting in broken records and a third place finish behind two nationally ranked teams. The Scot women’s players shined, with Melissa Burtscher ’24 and Ada Pan ’26 leading the pack with tying low scores of 72. Burtscher not only impressed her teammates and peers with her low score, but she also posted the second eagle in Wooster’s program history on the first hole of the course. Through the first day of the tournament, Wooster had tied its program low round record at 318. Phenomenal play on the second day led to this same record being broken by a whopping 11 strokes, finishing the day at an extremely impressive 307. When playing 36 holes in one day, the average human might ask how it is possible for a golfer to stay consistent. For Pan, a Division I transfer and NCAC Athlete of the Week (for the second straight week), this experience was just another day on the course. “I have played a lot of 36 holes in one day,” Pan admitted. “Additionally,” she continued, “our school provides a pretty great practice space for us, which has been a huge help in preparing for tournaments.” Pan, whose favorite hole on the course was the eighth, believes that this performance is only a glimpse of what the team can accomplish. 

While the women triumphed in Kentucky, the men found their swing at Baldwin Wallace, also placing third place in a highly competitive field. A notable performance came from first-year NCAC Athlete of the Week Gabe Guthrie ’26, who shot an even par at the tournament. Guthrie, who sank two birdies this weekend, led the Scots’ “A” squad, as well as topping all other Division III athletes at the event. Another great round came from David Dennis ’24 who led the “B” squad with a score of 77.  

Sam Norris ’25 shared his thoughts about the current squad and why this year is a special one for the Scots, claiming that “this group has some of the best team chemistry and also some really great depth.”  Part of that chemistry could be credited to the fact that this is the first time during Norris’ time at Wooster that a team captain was named. “They’ve stepped up,” Sam said, praising the team’s leaders, “and it can only get better not having any seniors leaving us after this year.”  The women will once again try to break records at the Heidelberg Fall Invitational on September 16-17, while the men will move forward from a positive weekend and strike again at the Mount Union Fall Invitational on Sept. 24-25. Go Scots!

Scotlight: Gabby Gajdos ’23

Photo Courtesy: The Wooster Voice

Can you introduce yourself?

Hi, my name is Gabby Gajdos. I use she/her pronouns, and I am a senior environmental studies major with a minor in music from Strongsville, Ohio.

What made you choose to major in environmental studies?

I’ve always struggled with figuring out what my passions were. There was always pressure on me to be passionate about music, but I was always very unmotivated to practice. Going forward with that, it’s very hard to find a career in music if you’re not practicing often — I just felt like that wasn’t the right fit for me. So, I figured out my major by just looking beyond that and seeing what else I was interested in. I really liked taking a biology class in high school that was about water conservation and different types of conservation so that kind of guided me to environmental studies. 

Can I ask you about your IS, or are you still figuring it all out?

Yes, you can ask about my IS. I’m still sorting out the details but overall I am looking into songs about certain environmental topics and seeing what the most popular themes are within them.

What else are you involved with on campus?

I am involved in Wooster Activities Crew (WAC) — I’m on the exec board where I serve as the music director. I am also Vice President of the Goliard, part of the orchestra and I work at the UG. 

Tell me a bit about your position in WAC as the music director.

With my position in WAC, I am the one who is behind the scenes, in charge of planning all of the big music concerts we have on campus, including Party on the Green and Springfest. A lot of people don’t realize that a lot of the planning we’re doing is three to six months in advance. So, I spent this past summer meeting with our advisor and figuring out what artists to bring to Wooster for Party on the Green, what other recreational activities would be fun for the event and potential themes. Once we figure that out, WAC comes together as a team to actually execute those logistics and it’s a really great feeling.

Who is your favorite artist you’ve helped bring to campus?

I found Wallice through a list of different up-and-coming artists online. I had never heard of that band beforehand, but I instantly fell in love with them. Then, to bring them to Wooster and see a bunch of my peers fall in love with the band was such a surreal experience. Since I also relate to a lot of their lyrics and they’re just a very fun personality set, I think that that was one of the best choices for Wooster.

What do you do as VP of the Goliard?

For vice president of the Goliard…this is a very new position to me. The Goliard is still trying to figure out what the position entails and just how to be a club in general. A lot of clubs really struggled through COVID and now we have to re-figure out what the club is and what our goals are. So through that, I think I am helping with the event planning, just kind of applying what I know from WAC to the Goliard, and also making sure that all the things I love about the Goliard are still happening.

Do you have a favorite Wooster memory?

One of my favorite college memories is playing at the Breakup Covers in February last year. I loved the crowd and the energy in the room.

What’s something that has been bringing you joy recently?

Spending time in the campus garden. I am in Sustainable Agriculture and I have friends trying to put together the gardening club. It’s a very mindful activity and it’s just fun to be a part of nature.

Anything you want to promote?

Yes, the first Covers is Sept. 30 and you can grab the Goliard literary magazine when we’ll be tabling over the next few weeks. And keep an eye out for WAC events.

Here comes the sun(flower): students share their artistic perspectives on Wooster’s feline mascot

Organized by Ellen McAllister, Creative Editor
Painting by Evelyn McCain ’25
“A Sunflower in the breeze”
Sam Solowiej ’25

A sunflower in the breeze

Oh what joy a plant can bring

Through pollen and beauty the world sees

But our Sunflower has a distinctive ring

You hear not a ruffle but bells in the breeze

She scampers around like you and I

Getting attention and drawing an eye

For our sunflower purrs and licks 

Much more than any flowers or sticks

Photo by Hannah Ollech ’24

Slowly she strolls through the sunlit grove…”

Anna Puster ’25

Slowly she strolls through the sunlit grove

Under bushes and flowers and trees interwove

Never tires of meeting a friend, old and new

Following them home with a gentle “mew”

Loves to bask in the sun, her coat shining bright

Our colors upon it, black, gold and white

With a gentle ‘mew’, or a rumbling purr

Everyone she encounters adores her for sure

Radiant Sunflower, the heart of Wooster

-Anna Puster apuster25@mrochester25

Photo Courtesy: “Kitties of Wooster”

“A Sonnet for Sunflower”

Ursula Williams ’24, Contributing Writer

O’er verdant fields with white paws she lopes on                              

The clover and the crabgrass kiss her knees.                         

For one moment, she’s there and then she’s gone

To run off, chasing swift squirrels through the trees.

Her eyes of glass and velvet nose do warm

The hearts of all the sad and all the tired.       

She takes her special place outside the dorm

Where she will find herself so admired.         

She trots over the lady bugs and leaves          

And finds a shaded bench to lie upon.                        

She curls up in my warm wool sweater sleeves

And out she breathes a gentle, smiling yawn. 

She sings to me in her soft dulcet meows

And holding her, ev’rything’s fine for now.

Art by Jay Daigle ’23

sunflower haiku

Emma Downing ’24

          gold, black, and white fur

stalking chipmunks through the brush 

               look! it’s sunflower!

Photo by Jessica Israel ’24

“She stalks across Campus”

Grace Pryor ’26

She stalks across campus

Under the arch, 

Next to Andrews (why is it always Andrews?),

Faithfully followed by her adoring fans. 

Languidly, she stretches. 

Out come the phone cameras. She will not deign to pose for a picture, but

We make do nevertheless.

Everyone knows – she is our

Real mascot.

Campus-Wide Mask Mandate Reinstated

Holly Shaum, Staff Writer
Photo by Sam Boudreau ’23

On the afternoon of Sept. 13, College of Wooster students, staff and faculty received an update regarding the campus’ COVID-19 policies. The latest policy change is a return to a campus-wide mask mandate for all indoor public spaces until Sept. 20, at which time health measures will be reassessed. This counters the previous strategy of the Community Health Taskforce, which had decided to instill a mask-optional policy starting on Sept. 7. The short timeframe between switching from mask-optional to mask-required policies may not bode well for the coming colder weeks and months.

The driving factor behind the Taskforce’s sudden decision is the COVID-19 community level transmission in Wayne County bumping back up to “high” towards the end of the day on Sept. 12. This classification takes into account infection rates and hospitalizations across the county. The Community Health Taskforce continues to make its decisions based on guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and collaboration with the Wayne County Health Department. 

Wooster’s students, staff and faculty were also given updates on access to the bivalent vaccine. The Taskforce met with the Wayne County Health Commissioner Nick Cascarelli and Director of Nursing Patricia Reining to review campus health and safety protocols, as well as further plans to distribute bivalent COVID-19 boosters in the near future. Anyone who wishes to receive the latest COVID-19 booster should keep an eye out for more information to come about free on-campus vaccination clinics for all students, staff and faculty. 

Wooster students have become accustomed to ever-changing protocols by the College to control the spread of COVID-19 on campus. When asked about her opinion on the new regulations, Abby Thomson ’24 said, “Obviously it’s disappointing to have to be wearing masks again. However, it’s a small concession to protect people’s health, which is the most important thing. I think the administration’s response to the rise in cases is appropriately measured, and fairly consistent with the precedents set under President Bolton.” 

According to the campus Community Health Dashboard, 49 Wooster students were in isolation as of Sept. 11, and there were 59 positive cases on campus as of Sept. 10. Students, staff and faculty can pick up masks or rapid tests at the Lowry Center Information Desk, Andrews Library Circulation Desk, Wellness Center Doors A and D and Ruth Williams Hall Stockroom. For now, it seems like the Wooster community should get comfortable with wearing masks on campus for the foreseeable future. 

Queen Elizabeth II and The College of Wooster

Staff Report
Courtesy: Wikipedia

On Sept. 8, 2022, Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor II passed away at the age of 96, surrounded by the Royal Family. To reflect on her legacy, the Voice looked through the archives to uncover past articles and stories regarding Her Majesty. 

Voice Archives Dec. 12, 1952

Al Smith receives a letter back from the Queen’s personal secretary after being named King of Dogpatch, a title given out at the Sadie Hawkins dance.

“Dear King Al..” 

Al Swift, Wooster’s King of Dogpatch for 1952, undertook as part of his coronation ceremonies to send a “royal” greeting to Her Britannic Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England. A formal acknowledgment of his note was received by the young king a week or so later, addressed to Livingstone Palace, and sent by the Queen’s personal secretary. While the Queen herself had not signed the reply, it was sent on the royal notepaper, suitably embossed, and will provide a happy reminder to Swifty of his temporary elevation to “King for a day.”

April 16, 1953

Dr. J.H. Cockburn Chaplain to Queen in Chapel

Dr. James H. Cockburn, former Moderator of the Church of Scotland and Director of the Department of Reconstruction and InterChurch Aid of the World Council of Churches, will speak in Chapel on Thursday, April 16. 

Dr. Cockburn is also a Chaplain to Queen Elizabeth II and has frequently represented his church at international and ecumenical meetings. During his many visits to the United States, he has lectured throughout the country. At present, he is finishing a tour which took him throughout the South, the Mid-West, and the Eastern Seaboard. 

In 1948 he received an honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity from Yale University. He has also received the degree of Doctor of Theology from Prague University and is an Honorary Professor at the University of Budapest, Hungary.

Oct. 18, 1957

Wooster student, Eleanor Elson, plans a trip to Washington, D.C. to attend a mass where Queen Elizabeth II will also be in attendance.

Off-Center Kauke

Sophomore Eleanor Elson has a big weekend ahead of her. She will be going home to Washington, D.C., where her father is pastor of National Presbyterian Church, which is President Eisenhower’s place of worship. 

Sunday morning a special guest at the church will be Queen Elizabeth II, who will attend with the Eisenhowers. Eleanor will sit in the pew with the first family and the royal entourage. She also plans to attend several embassy parties in honor of the young monarch. 

Eleanor is no stranger to such events, for she has seen dignitaries come and go many times. But this is something special, for how often does the English Queen go to the Scotch church?

Voice archives Oct. 25, 1957

Eleanor Elson had the opportunity to attend Washington’s National Presbyterian Church where President Eisenhower goes with the visiting Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.

Dignitaries Converge in Washington; Eleanor Elson Hobnobs With Royalty 

“On the Occasion of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, as guests of the President of the United States and Mrs. Eisenhower.” 

Such was the heading on the church bulletin at Washington’s National Presbyterian Church last Sunday, where Wooster sophomore Eleanor Elson was attending the service in the company of British and American dignitaries. Her father, Dr. Edward Elson, is pastor of the famed church where President Eisenhower worships. 

“It was so thrilling,” says Eleanor of her weekend at home. She had opportunities to see the Queen at the church service and at a football game Saturday, observing especially the beauty of the young monarch.

She sat two rows behind the Queen and Philip at the church service, amidst such dignitaries as Chief Justice Warren, two other supreme court justices, John Foster Dulles and five other cabinet members, and numerous diplomats, including the Pakistani Ambassador, who came with his Washington wife. 

In the church announcements Dr. Elson paid tribute to the special guests, remarking that “in Scotland, they are considered Presbyterians.” The service featured English hymns and, on special request of Ike, the choir sang “God Save the Queen.” The sermon centered on a theme of world peace, and the Duke nodded his head when Dr. Elson once quoted an Archbishop of Canterbury. 

“It was exciting to see Dad getting ready,” says Eleanor, who mentioned that Washington was in rare form for the state visit. She said the city was alive with large, expectant crowds anxious for a glimpse of the popular young monarch. “It was a fairy tale atmosphere,” notes the blonde sophomore, who has seen many a notable visitor to the capital city. 

At the Maryland Duke football game Saturday, Eleanor saw the Queen from a distance. She noted that Maryland Gov. Theodore McKeldin was very excited when his team made gains, but the observing Queen (it was her first view of football) remained calm. “She is the epitome of dignity,’ says Eleanor, “and the Duke is more casual and relaxed.” McKeldin later claimed that the monarchs were happy about the upset Maryland victory. 

At the game a man presented the Queen with a $15,000 mink coat and she also received a full carload of other gifts. She stopped at a supermarket on the return to the city, surprising late shoppers. 

A State Department protocol sheet is one of Eleanor’s souvenirs of the weekend. It contains such pertinent information as correct titles, appropriate place cards, smoking rules, anthems, ladies’ gloves, dress, and flag display. The circular, which was sent to all entertaining Washington matrons, notes, “The Queen likes Rhine wine, sherry, and Canada Dry ginger ale. Prince Philip may ask for Scotch whiskey and soda water or Gin and tonic water.” Also, Queen. Elizabeth and Prince Philip prefer short, simple meals.”

Black and Gold Weekend and local events guide for The College of Wooster community

Ethan Sieber, News Editor, and Colin Tobin, Managing Editor
Photo Courtesy: Photos by Matt Dilyard, Anna Russell ’23, Megan Tuennerman ’22, Ryan Seaton-Evans ’23, and Zion Vital ’24, The College of Wooster

On The College of Wooster’s campus, the temperature is cooling down, the leaves are starting to turn and students are back to immersing themselves into their studies, which can only mean that Black and Gold weekend is right around the corner. The College’s annual alumni and family weekend is a Wooster staple that allows past, present and future generations of the campus community to come together. If you’re looking for something fun to do this weekend with friends and family, here are some of the biggest events to look forward to:

All Weekend:

From 11 a.m.-4  p.m., check out the exhibit titled “Contained: The Art of Holding It Together” at the Ebert Art Center, which portrays 3000 years of containers created and used by humans.

On Friday:

Go see the Wooster Chorus perform a concert under Dr. Lisa Wong at 4:30 p.m. in McGaw Chapel.

A special Black and Gold Happy Hour at the UG will be open to students, alumni and family (over 21) from 7-9:30 p.m.

On Saturday:

Alumni, current students and families are invited to a Tailgate Lunch in the newly renovated Lowry Center.

Cheer on the Fighting Scots football team as they take on the Wabash College Little Giants at 2 p.m. in Papp Stadium.

On Sunday:

Due to inclement weather , March Through the Arch, the tradition of Wooster first-years walking through the Arch at Kauke Hall, was delayed for the Class of 2026 and will now be held Sunday, Sept. 19 at 11 a.m.

Upcoming Events in Wooster, Ohio:

  • Downtown Wooster Farmers’ Market – Sept. 8 to Oct. 8
    • Held every Saturday in the Historic Downtown Wooster Square
    • Local produce, honey, tea, dog treats, flower bouquets, plants and more available
    • Live music
  • Woosterfest – Sept. 30 to Oct. 1
    • Annual Oktoberfest-style festival
    • Organized by the Wooster Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Held in downtown Wooster
  • Fall Shop Hop – Oct. 18 to Oct. 31
    • Passports can be completed and returned for the chance to win up to $100 in Downtown Dollars
    • Oct. 23 – Participating businesses will offer Fall-themed specials and features
    • Oct. 23 – Live performances
      • 1-1:45 p.m. – Cedar Valley Cloggers
      • 3-5 p.m. – Rare Vintage
  • Window Wonderland – Nov. 19
    • Window decorations in downtown Wooster
    • Voting on best display between Nov. 19 to Nov. 20