By Collin McShane ’19
Brophy should consider allowing jeans on campus because they’re convenient, warm and frankly there isn’t a whole lot of reason not to only have them.
Despite the rule, many students still wear them. Either because there’s no real fundamental differences from jeans to what we can wear or because of an overwhelming indifference to their existence on campus.
Whichever it may be it proves that the rule is beginning to be disregarded, so maybe it’s time to change it.
I think that a rule change like this would have some pretty wide campus popularity.
Cameron Donley ’19 agreed with some of my sentiments of jeans on campus.
“I personally enjoy wearing jeans but I don’t think they’d ever allow them,” Donley said. “If they did though I would definitely wear them, especially during winter.”
The main argument against jeans being allowed on campus is that they’re simply too casual.
I’d argue on the other hand that with the progression of fashion jeans have become the balance point between just comfortable enough and not too casual.
“Maybe like a casual Friday for jeans,” Donley said. “Friday’s are already pretty casual and I think it’d be a good first step.”
Although I wouldn’t categorize them as dress pants for mass I believe that with a collared shirt jeans look just as respectable as any other pair of pants.
Jeans simply provide a service khakis don’t compete with; a very warm, durable and flexible pair of pants for the winter.
They’re also very economical. You can get a cheap pair of jeans that’ll last all four years at Brophy.
Matthew Peterson ’19 shared that they can still hold us to certain dress expectations in jeans.
“I think jeans should be allowed as long a there aren’t any holes or rips,” Peterson said. “I don’t see the problem with them in that scenario, and I don’t think it would disrupt uniformity.”
The overall hope in the end is to have jeans added to the dress code. Brophy President Ms. Adria Renke shared more on why they’re not on campus.
“There’s a certain level of causal that jeans have that I don’t think fits the tone we’re trying create on campus,” Renke said. “We want to, mentally, put Brophy to a higher standard for our students.”
Renke also brought an interesting argument on the table on why jeans aren’t on campus from a dance perspective.
“You never see jeans at prom, everyone wants to look their best and we want that mentality on campus all the time,” Renke said. “I’m not inviting people to wear jeans on campus I’m just pointing out that when you want to look nice jeans aren’t what you wear.”