Photo by AK Alilnou ’16 — From left, Josh Benjamin ’16, Connor Murphy ’16 and Maanik Chotalla ’16 show their unique styles through hair.
By Anthony Totri ’16
Brophy’s campus is rich with style, full of variation in everything from students’ clothing fashion to the style of car they drive.
One form of style that might be taken for granted on campus is students’ hairstyles.
To some a hairstyle may simply be nothing but a random way they comb their hair, but to others, their hair has a deeper meaning.
Student Council member Maanik Chotalla ’16 is not usually known for his hair since it is hidden under a turban.
Due to his Sikh religion he doesn’t cut his hair, or wear it down that often. On the occasions when he does let his hair down it is something most wouldn’t expect.
“It actually goes down to my hips if I let it all the way down,” Chotalla said.
While the majority of religions don’t tend to have requirements regarding hair, Chotalla made it clear that it’s his decision when it comes to his religion.
“I was born into the religion, so I didn’t have much of a say to begin with, but I’m practicing now,” he said.
Others, like varsity football player Connor Murphy ’16, have inspiration to thank for their interesting hairstyles.
Murphy credits the mullet he sported until recently to former Oklahoma middle linebacker Brian Bosworth.
“That was kind of like his signature look. I was kind of already thinking about the mullet, and I saw his ‘30 for 30’ and I was like, I’m getting a mullet,” Murphy said.
Murphy recently cut off his orange trademark.
“That was kind of my label, and I cut it off and I feel like a part of me died, I feel naked now,” he said.
The mullet was more than a hairstyle to Murphy, it was a way many students around campus identify him. After cutting it off, he made sure to inform all his mullet supporters that it would only be temporary.
“I think it might just be a football season ordeal,” he said.
Then you have those who were advised to have the hair they do.
Varsity track athlete Joshua Benjamin’s ’16 hair is hard to miss.
The reason behind the dreads is almost as interesting as the hair itself.
“There was this guy in the Virgin Islands whose name was Keith who was a family friend. He told me to get dreads because they would be cool,” Benjamin said.
“He was a member of my grandma’s church, and I would see him so often that he eventually became an influential person in my life,” he said.
Ever since then he has been growing out his hair. It’s been five and half years since his last haircut.
Similar to Murphy, Benjamin has considered changing his hairstyle.
“Everyday I think about cutting them off,” he said.