Warped Tour 2013: Are You Ready?

With summer right around the corner, so is Warped Tour. And with all the tests, quizzes, and overall school stress that we students get, summer just seems to be looking further and further away! But for several Garner students, Warped Tour is like a ray of light amidst pure darkness. Every year, the Vans Warped Tour tours around the U.S. playing for thousands of eager fans. By looking at this year’s line-up, Warped Tour 2013 is going to be absolutely amazing!

When asked what band they’re excited to see, Catherine Hittson (7) said “I’m really excited about Warped in general, and I can’t wait to see Memphis May Fire” and Saphire Mendez (8) said,“I’m looking forward to seeing Black Veil Brides.”

Band announcements began on December 7th during the show Warped Roadies on Fuse. Band announcements will continue every Friday until the kick-off party on March 28, 2013. Bands playing this year will include Black Veil Brides, August Burns Red, Blessthefall, Bring Me The Horizon, Chiodos, Memphis May Fire, Never Shout Never, Sleeping With Sirens, We Came As Romans, I See Stars, Like Moths to Flames, Woe, Is Me and many, MANY more. Warped Tour will come to San Antonio on August 3, 2013 so make sure to buy your tickets soon, before they sell out!

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Rival Brands

Battle of The Brands

Throughout history, many questions have been regarded as thought-provoking inquiries: from “Which came first – the chicken or the egg?” to Sophie’s Choice, philosophers have written essays, stories, and books based on logical situations such as these. Recently, however, a new question has popped up: Converse or Vans?

Looking around any of your classrooms, you’ll most likely catch kids wearing one of those two brands. The question kept bugging me, so I decided to ask around to see which one has a bigger following among today’s youth.

Interviewing a few Garner students, I recieved some interesting answers that strengthened arguments on both sides. Danny Perez (8) answered without hesitation. “Vans, because they have more variety.” Additionally, he stated that “they’re just cool.”

Backing up Danny’s claims, Tyler Wright (8) responded quickly when asked if Vans were an essential part of skating culture. “They were the world’s first skating shoes.” He then added that “they’re pretty much the only type of shoe that I have.” When the Vans/Converse apocolypse comes, it’s clear that Tyler is on the Vans side.

Betraying my own shoes, I crossed the line into Converse-land to hear the selling points for the rival team. “Vans are just too ugly,” said Rocio Pizano (she better watch her back. There may be hordes of angry skaters after her skin, now that she’s said that). Robert “Danny” Riviera (7) gave an answer that no patriot can argue with: “They’re [Converse] the all-American brand.”

On top of everything else, there are the kids who aren’t on any side. Hanna Burmeister (8) couldn’t say which brand was better. “They’re both great skating shoes, and they’re both very fashionable.” Others just didn’t think either brand compared to their own personal favorite. Claire Shelly (8) showed a clear preference to TOMS over both shoe lines when she answered with “I’d wear TOMS anyday.”

Is this a historical rivalry, a battle between cliques, a feud from the East coast to the West coast, or something deeper? With bombardments from all viewpoints and sides, this appears to be one hot topic that isn’t cooling down anytime soon, so leave your favorite brand and your reasoning as a comment!

By: Lauren Quinn