Don’t Get Too Cozy for Exams

By Mitch Hughes

Exams can always be stressful for students, especially when students have to spend two hours in a seat taking what is often a difficult test. The stressful situation and long duration of exams can make those big, comfortable sweatpants, oversized sweatshirts, and even pillows seem very appealing, but it’s entirely possible that the classic, cozy exam outfit may do more harm than it helps.

A study performed by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has yielded results that affect workers and test-takers everywhere. The researchers Adam Galinsky and Hajo Adam concluded that the perception of one’s self is in fact related to the clothes one is wearing. A person dressed more professionally was more likely to perform well than their counterparts in the experiment who dressed too casually. This relationship between clothing and job performance is the reason many employers require a certain dress code.

Though students usually don’t see school as a workplace, the situation is quite comparable. Students spend seven hours a day doing work of various kinds and midterm exams are the evaluation of that work. Because of the similarities between a student’s work at school and that of somebody in the workplace, it is implicit that the clothing-work output relationship applies to students as well.

I’m certainly not saying that everybody should come to school in their Sunday best just for exams, but it is certainly important that students dress in a manner that promotes peak cognitive function. For male students this could be something along the lines of jeans or khakis, and any shirt that’s comfortable and functional. Female students should also stay with a casual-but-not-too-casual outfit. Obviously students have the freedom to dress as they please as long as it complies with dress code, but it may be to your benefit to maintain a casual attire and abandon the sweatpants.


Successful First Day for Fall Play

By: Mitch Hughes

Bellbrook High School’s theatre program had its first showing of this year’s fall play, “Madame’s Been Murdered; Tea Will Be Late,” on Thursday, November 20. The play adds a comical twist to a classic murder mystery format. This comical twist, directed by mastermind teacher Ms. Brown and stage crew led by Mr. Gogol, was executed brilliantly by Bellbrook’s finest student actors in front of their peers in two showings.

I happened  to be a member of the audience of the first showing Thursday morning and I was thoroughly impressed with the talent of each and every cast member. The acts were carried out seamlessly which is quite rare for the first showing of any play and a true testament to the amount of dedication these students put into this performance. Bellbrook’s fall play has traditionally been a murder mystery but this year’s show managed to change up some details to make the play much more exciting without deviating from the general structure of a classic murder mystery.

I spoke with cast member Zach Chew, who is performing for the first time as a senior, before the show. When I asked Chew what he thought would make this play special from murder mysteries that BHS has done before, he said, “I think this cast is very unique, and will deliver a performance unlike any other BHS has ever seen before.” The closeness between cast members he described would certainly contribute to a smooth show, and was clearly evident in what I witnessed. Since this was Mr. Chew’s first ever show, I asked him what he was most nervous about and he replied, “I’m most nervous about the pressure in the presence of a large audience. I think it may affect my acting. I just have to focus and I’ll be okay.” Lastly, I asked Chew what he thought, without revealing too much, the crowd might expect to see that they haven’t seen from a Bellbrook play before and he said, “My presence is a present. Kiss my cast.” I wasn’t quite sure how to respond to this, but it was obviously quite comical. This chat with Chew gave me some pretty high expectations for this year’s show and any expectation I had was exceeded. Zach’s quirky sense of humor was evident in our conversation and throughout the play.