GIONNETTE: Geoffroy, give cowboy fashion the boot

Andy Gionnette

What does it take to instill particular guidelines of fashion on the ISU campus? How about a strict dress code enacted by Gregory Geoffroy?

That’s what Michael Sorrel, the new head of the historically black Paul Quinn College in Dallas, did. Sorrel decided the dress wasn’t up to par with his standards after walking around campus soon after starting his position. The new dress code that was implemented included no jeans, no flip-flops, no sneakers and no T-shirts. This was done because Sorrel thought that his students were not being taken seriously by the corporate recruiters who would continually visit the campus.

Now this idea of a dress code got me thinking. What if we actually had a dress code here at Iowa State? Well, I took the liberty of coming up with a few ideas for dress codes across the spectrum from completely restricted to a compromisable fashion.

No more cowboy boots. Maybe one thing I could compromise on is if we had some sort of limit on the number of people to wear these things every day. I was thinking some sort of permit all of the cowpeople could apply for in order to receive permission to wear those each day.

It’s not helping our campus image when trying to recruit out-of-staters when the city slickers show up to a festival of Dirks Bentley and the fabulous world of “Outlaws.”

But don’t worry cowboys, you aren’t the only ones with shoes that should end up in the back of your closet. I’ve had it with the Ugg boots. There is a “South Park” episode that describes Des Moines as being a few years behind. The funny thing is, I didn’t actually believe it until I showed up in this town four years ago. Ugg boots were popular everywhere else for years before anyone in Iowa picked up on them. So take those hooves off and use the $200 for something that you need, you know, like your education.

And it’s not just the footwear for which these guidelines should apply. My next guideline is for all of those dudes who just can’t seem to grasp the concept of waist size.

Just because you can’t do “Soulja Boy” unless your pants are around your knees doesn’t mean you have to walk to class like you are on your way into a bathroom stall.

Maybe a proper punishment for the perpetrators would be to force them to walk to class in their boxers with their pants around their ankles. Then again, they would probably enjoy that, so maybe a pair of Wranglers will suffice.

Here is a general guideline that all of us can live by. Guys, look at yourselves. The smaller you are, the smaller your shirt should be. I thought it was obvious, but apparently there are a select few who still can’t tell a T-shirt and a dress apart. I had no idea there was such unawareness on Iowa State’s campus.

This is just a start, but I think that if we put our minds to it, we can really make a push toward a change in the repertoire in the closets of ISU students. President Geoffroy, make a stand and set an example by placing these restrictions.

– Andrew Gionnette is a senior

in mechanical engineering

from Chanhassen, Minn.