Clothing choices reflect lifestyle, responsibilities on campus


Anthony Fusco

Matt Beck (right), sophomore media production major, pictured next to Anthony Fusco (left), junior media production & digital marketing major, while broadcasting the Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament.

BW students and staff make a conscious decision every day to dress in clothing that is most fitting for their lifestyle on campus. Sometimes, clothing can indicate what responsibilities a person take on in their day-to-day life.  

Joe Tarantowski, broadcasting professor and chief operator of WBWC 88.7 The Sting, said, “I’m just as likely to be wearing jeans, or cargo pants, or some other work-related clothing made by Carhartt because I never know when I’m going to be pulling wire or fixing something on my knees or under a desk.”   

Specifically with faculty members, clothing can be representative of the department you instruct for.  

Tarantowski said he tends to dress very practically and comfortably. He said his look may be different “if you compare me to maybe the people in math who are usually wearing slacks and button-down shirts, or the business department who often wear jackets and ties.”  

When it comes to commuter students, practical outfit ideas are important for travelling long distances.   

Sydney Broucek, a BW junior biology major and commuter, said she tends to choose “bigger tops and loose pants that make me feel comfy because I can’t go and change quickly since I don’t live by campus.”   

Practicality is also an important factor for any staff member whose main duties consist of hands-on tasks.  

Tarantowski said he will have to plan on wearing soft clothes, such as sweatpants, in order to avoid making any background noise when recording on a microphone. 

Others make certain clothing choices based on how well it exemplifies themselves and their organization in a proper manner.   

Matt Beck, a BW sophomore media production major and member of the men’s soccer team, tries to put though into how he dresses every day.   

“I know I represent more than just myself when I’m with or without the team,” Beck said. “So usually, I try to represent myself as well as I can for class”   

Beck said he dresses pretty casual and is “usually sporting a sweatshirt and some sweats … graphic tees and ripped jeans.”  

For people in positions of leadership, the way they uphold themselves through their physical presentation can set a guideline for others wishing to follow the same path.  

“For regular broadcasts, I like to show up business casual, which means a polo and khakis, and I want to hold my fellow broadcasters to the same standard in the future,” Beck said.  

Leaders can also choose to present themselves in a formal manner, in order to be taken more seriously.  

Someone who is seen by a large audience of people at sporting events can opt for attire that combines athletic wear and formal elements.  

Beck said when he is broadcasting at tournament games for the Ohio Athletic Conference or the NCAA, he likes to wear his favorite Nike Dunks paired with a suit jacket and a T-shirt underneath.   

Tarantowski said he will sometimes dress much more formal on exam days “just to scare people.”   

“The first time they see me in a tie, they kind of freak out after seeing me not wear a tie,” Tarantowski said.