B.M.O.C.: Best Manes On Campus - 2011-12
Colleges and universities, we're told, are all about getting an education. But let's be honest - they're also places for admiring women whose hairstyles are blossoming into their prime, and are well-prepared for a long day of studies and activities.
We believe some great heads of hair can be found on campuses, so this area has been dedicated to locating and displaying them since 2003. We want your nominations of the "best manes," perhaps at the college in your town or the one you attend. (And trust us from experience: the best styles do not always belong to the cheerleaders.)
SEWANEE (TN): CARRIE RYAN.
A graduating senior from southern California traveled to the "University of the South," and leaves as a Rhodes Scholar. She'll focus on philosophy in England - and we hope worshipers didn't focus too much on her layered long hair when she gave a chapel sermon. [Photo courtesy Inch at a Time; posted 5/17/12]
KENNESAW STATE: KRISTEN LEY.
She's finishing her junior year in communications and public relations, while her long hair received a workout in "competitive cheerleading." We assume she's kept it under control well, because her sister Meredith was a strong Super-Hair Wars entry at the end of 2011. [Posted 5/6/12]
CAL STATE-FULLERTON: DANIELLE FISHEL.
Yes, that Fishel - the former TV comedy star, Style Network host and Crown Award nominee. Her Twitter feed confirms she's a senior psychology major, with plans to seek a Master's degree. And her long hair certainly can be thought-provoking. [Posted 4/27/12]
COLUMBUS STATE (GA): CASEY GOOGE.
Was it something we said? When we put three challengers up against this defending Best Mane, this sophomore not only crushed them all with 81 percent of the vote - but during the poll, she set a school record for most softball home runs in a season. [Final 4/17/12]
(Second through fourth place: Cassie Lee; Jasmine Jones, Catherine Saavedra tied.)
INDIANA: CICELY PARNAS.
She's a national celebrity in her freshman year, because of how she plays the classical cello. She's been a guest soloist with several orchestras, following a family tradition -- and her long red hair has us rooting for unpinned performances. [Posted 3/29/12]
TEXAS-TYLER: KATIE WILSON.
A first-year biology student gained a strong high school resume in both academics and volleyball. Her care with teasing to keep long hair in line overwhelmed four other students. [Final 3/21/12]
(Second through fifth place: Emily Wood; Kellen Gomez, Taylor Petrick, Chelsea Radford tied.)
ORAL ROBERTS: SHELBY ROBB.
She may be the first theology major we've ever posted. But this junior has a competitive spirit, with three years of volleyball experience -- and long rolled waves impressive enough to last two weeks in a competitive Tulsa City League contest. [Posted 3/1/12]
RICHMOND: MEREDITH GOUGER.
Swimming and "great academics" (in her own words) brought this first-year student south from Maryland. She's a business administration major who seems all-business to us when it comes to long hair. That's why she made the local City League field. [Posted 2/22/12]
NEVADA: KATIE ROMANKO.
A Hair Fan offered a record 13 candidates from this university -- and this first-year distance runner had enough endurance at the end. She's a broadcast journalism major, whose shoulder-length waves won a local pageant in her home county in Oregon. She fought off a fierce final-round comeback by Lauren Lastrapes 12-11. [Final 2/13/12]
(Third through tenth place: Lauren Hunsaker, Chelsea Venable tied; Annabelle Allen, Lauren Braman, Melanie Larson, Sam Puzey tied; Aleina Dominguez, Andrea Kostecki tied.)
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH: ALLISON MORRIS.
This is a "benefit of the doubt" call - as the Pennsylvania native competed in high jumping three years, and earned all-conference nominations. She was on the track team roster for her senior year when we put her in the Richmond City League field, and she wound up winning it all (even beating a man). But she disappeared from the team roster during that event -- so we honor her, hoping all is well. [Posted 1/6/12]
TULSA: ANNA PROFFITT.
A first-year student in arts and sciences was selected by Hair Fans as the campus masterpiece. She outmuscled fellow rowing team member and near-lookalike Zoe Fleischmann in the finals 11-7. [Final 12/24/11]
(Third-place tie: Jill Barrett, Michelle Farley, Elizabeth Kale.)
ARMSTRONG ATLANTIC STATE (GA): JESSICA GARDEFJORD.
A tennis scholarship brought her across the ocean from Sweden to New Mexico. Since transferring to a Division II univiersity, she's been an honor roll student - and she began her junior year with long blonde hair thick enough to earn second place in the Savannah City League tournament. [Posted 12/1/11]
IOWA STATE: CAITLIN BROWN.
A Hair Fan found this first-year student on the gymnastics roster, and her high-risk long hair never lost its balance in a three-way contest. The apparel merchandising major had a style fashionable enough to top Katherine Benton and Hillary Kletscher (15-6-2), and be declared a "hottie" by one voter. Brown eventually led our annual "Elite Eight" Cutting-Edge Hair News poll. [Final 11/18/11]
SAVANNAH STATE: ARIEL BROOKS.
"Life Size Barbie" is the Facebook nickname of this sophomore, who majors in political science and made the cheerleading squad in her freshman year. Her sleek long hair is both tempting and well-controlled -- good enough to finish tied for fourth in the local City League tournament. [Posted 10/27/11]
ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK: ALEXIS STONE.
A five-way fight came down to a showdown between swimmers -- and what one Hair Fan described as this freshman's "body" against Paige Thoman's "sleekness." Thoman led most of the way in the finals, but a last-day rush gave Stone (undecided on a major) a narrow 13-12 decision. [Final 10/11/11]
(Third through fifth place: Michele Pittman; Ashley Fejleh, Lexie Killer tied.)
NEBRASKA: MORGAN SMEJKAL.
When we saw this freshman's wonderful waves, we thought she might be a sleeper in the Lincoln City League tournament. Indeed, she narrowly missed the finals - but you can find her high on the leader board in golf, or as a biological sciences major after making the National Honor Society. Oh, be careful: she's also a Taekwondo black belt. [Posted 9/11/11]
TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA: JENNIFER KUROSKI.
A sophomore volleyball player from the Atlanta area hasn't decided on a major yet. But she spent the summer working on her "hair game" -- defeating several better-known local women to win the Chattanooga City League title, and winning praise for "better body" from one supporter. [Posted 8/25//11]
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If you see a great style on a campus, nominate it by writing us: SuperHair@Gmail.com . Please specify this is a "B.M.O.C." nomination. It will help if you can submit a photo; we prefer .jpg attachments.
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