Homecoming weekend highlights the student leaders who are involved on campus and represent the University of La Verne’s values. They are well-known by their peers for being highly involved, and the shallow approach of voting entirely on popularity does not carry over into college, especially not here at ULV.
In order to be nominated, the student must be selected by their club or organization, forcing the nominees to be those who participate in events and support the core values on campus.
Personality, character, dedication and participation are all things that should be taken into consideration when voting for Homecoming king and queen.
Most incoming students are used to the social hierarchy they experienced in high school that only highlights those who are popular or known as jocks and does not give a voice to the other students, regardless of their qualities or involvement. In high school, items like clothes and cars make students stick out to their peers.
The jump from high school to college forces many people to become more mature and think about the more important qualities in others around them.
College also allows you to re-establish yourself as who you want to be, breaking free of the characteristics that defined you for four years, making it possible to become involved and meet new people around campus. While someone may not have been popular in high school, it is completely possible to be well-known and involved in college.
The students on campus who go out of their way to attend events and be a friendly face are those who deserve votes.
While it is impossible to have the competition based solely on character and involvement, the student body should strive to vote for people who work hard and deserve to be crowned. Students must stand up to the high school stereotypes they might be used to and vote for their peers who work hard so that they can be recognized for their contributions to ULV’s campus.