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Who's wearing the pants?

Worst Case Scenario

Ryan Shoup

Issue date: 11/19/10 Section: Focus
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As the seasons change, it is time for us to start donning our parkas to fight the miserably cold Cleveland weather and trudge through the seven inches of overnight snow or the mile-high pile of leaves left near the sidewalk. There really is nothing as great as waking up to the sounds of the maintenance leaf blowers.

However, as fall transitions to winter and our attitudes transition to negativity, another Case Western tradition has arrived - the emergence of sweatpants!

I'm not quite familiar with the allure of sweatpants, but I have come to realize that they are part of the average college wardrobe and are starting to make a fashion statement as they do this time each year. These sweatpants are not to be confused with flannel pajamas or the windbreaker pants. I'm talking about the generally warm, gray, unisex cotton trousers.

Perhaps I was living under a rock for four years during high school because I had to wear a uniform, but I've found that more and more people are wearing more and more creative-looking sweatpants.

First, there are the school pride sweatpants. It would not surprise me to learn that the most popular piece of apparel from the bookstore is the navy blue or gray Case Western logoed sweatpants - simple, yet complex.

Then, there are the second-most common types: other prideful sweatpants. These may have your high school tennis team logo, embroidered sorority letters, a stylish plaid design, or an obnoxious slogan plastered on the rear. This category is the greatest oxymoron: stylish sweatpants.

Finally, there are the trashy sweatpants including the too-baggy, too-tight, or elastic-band-around-the-ankle pairs. These should probably be retired to the trash or Salvation Army.

Since we can all agree that sweatpants are a staple at this university, we can also agree that they have ebbs and flows of usage throughout the school week.

For example, Sunday, without a doubt, has to be the height of the sweatpants-wearing week. If you have walked out of your room to Wade, the dining hall, or the library, you will have noticed that three out of every five people are wearing the comfortable style.
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