B.M.O.C.: Best Manes On Campus
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 of the greatest heads of hair can be found on campuses, so this area is dedicated to locating and displaying them. 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.)
COLUMBUS STATE (GA): ALICE BENNETHUM.
We're not sure what year of school she's in. But the Hair Fan who spotted her knows she's a piano major from Romania, a devout Seventh-Day Adventist, and someone who makes good use of shoulder-length layers and teasing. It was good enough to earn her a place in EuroCup 2008. [Posted 5/17/8]
ARIZONA STATE: BRITTANY BELL.
A Hair Fan found this junior journalism major, who is a cheerleader for not only her school but pro basketball's Phoenix Suns. She called her wide-body curls her "best physical feature," in an online interview. Amen to that -- she seems intent on keeping them out of her eyes, and we doubt a five-overtime game could straighten any strip of hair out. [Posted 5/8/8]
THE NEW SCHOOL (NY): OLIVIA PALERMO.
This trendy university in Manhattan provides us with a spectacular senior, who's become well-known on the New York "socialite scene." Her abundance of thickness and great use of waves and curls propelled her to #1 in the world on our Top Ten Tresses list during this term. Even though her style may have plopped down, her hair is simply too good to leave off our list. [Posted 5/1/8]
QUEENS (NC): AMANDA BOWMAN.
A sophomore education major who won a softball "clutch hit award" in high school, she kept coming from behind in a nine-way contest. She won a final round short-long showdown over Lisa Eisenzopf 26-12 (68%). [Final 4/15/8]
(Third through ninth place: Kristin King, Rose Balderson, Sheelagh Bates tied; Molly Hogan, Angelique Morabito, Nicole Pasquale, Lyndsay Segarra tied.)
PORTLAND: CHRISTINA FEYEN.
She grew up across the river in Vancouver, and returned to the Northwest after playing high school tennis in Florida. This senior business major used thick waviness to close a four-way "deal" quickly. [Final 3/7/8]
(Second through fourth place: Audree Jenks, Alexis Robins, Lindsey Griffin.)
MINNESOTA: LIZ TUSLER.
We discovered this sophomore "speech and hearing" major playing on the tennis team - and we, well, loved her head of loose blonde waves. Hair Fans may have wanted to play with her/them as well, as she almost made the finals of the Minneapolis-St. Paul City League tournament. [Posted 2/13/8]
XAVIER: ALI NELLIS.
A sophomore pre-med major from Indiana is brainy enough to be a four-year honor roll student in high school, and athletic enough to start on the college soccer team. That combined with a well-groomed mid-length style to outlast a much-praised Becky Clark 32-27, in a final round which ended a hard-fought seven-women contest. [Final 2/3/8]
(Third through seventh place: Lindsay Cornell; Jenn Walsh; Lindsey Barton; Jillian Chuck-Catherine Phillips tied.)
WISCONSIN-STOUT: DANIELLE DEWITT.
A Midwestern Hair Fan offers four contenders from this small school. Voters decided this substitute on the basketball team easily was the class of the field -- a sophomore who majors in dietetics, and keeps her long hair all-around healthy. [Posted 12/27/7]
(Second through fourth place: Jackie Bruchez; Tara Donohou-Angie Raasch tied.)
BUTLER: LYNNSEY SHOWERS.
After a redshirt season, she returns for her senior year on the golf team. She has such good aim in preparing medium-long hair that she's finished fourth and third in two Indianapolis City League contests. As one voter wrote: "Strawberry blondes forever!" [Posted 12/6/7]
WISCONSIN-RIVER FALLS: KERI FELLER.
A Hair Fan spotted this junior playing several positions on the softball team. Her major is listed as "communicative disorders" -- and she has to keep her hair under great order, to keep a style this risky out of her face. [Posted 11/18/7]
CLEVELAND STATE: ALEXANDRA BAGI.
A senior who attended Magnificat High School made a magnificent comeback, in a tight three-way contest. The swimmer pushed back from behind in the final days of the final round, to beat Allie Riczo 26-21....
but would the outcome have been different, if we had posted this picture? The swimming team's web site updated her photo during the voting, and we only noticed it as we prepared this final report. We opened the question of a rematch on our message board, but not enough have complained to justify one. [Updated 11/18/7]
(Third-fourth place: Jocelyn Keefer, Jessica Roque.)
GEORGIA TECH: AILEEN MORALES.
While this senior softball player makes her home in Georgia, she played with Puerto Rico's team at a recent international tournament. Her seemingly steamed-straight style seems ready to take on any San Juan breeze -- and this management major can tuck hair behind the ears, to manage tough situations. [Posted 9/20/7]
LOUISIANA STATE-SHREVEPORT: MICHELLE WILLIAMSON.
This junior was first offered to us almost a year ago -- a soccer player from Texas with sleek mid-length hair we'd love to see playing without pins. Our apologies for getting her lost in our e-mail stack. [Posted 9/6/7]
LOUISIANA TECH: SYDNEE LINCOLN.
We have a first, in this first-year softball player -- as she was nominated for our web site even before starting college. Her temptingly long look has lasted through injuries, and survived through two weeks of the Shreveport City League tournament, which is more than some TV journalists could say. [Posted 8/23/7]
Prior BMOC seasons: 2006-07 2005-06 2004-05 2003-04
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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