Wear it Right
6 ways to make the WPI lanyard your #1 tech-ccessory
Hiral Dutia , Max Saccoccio
Editor-in-Chief and Staff Photographer

We all remember the night we walked across the Earle Bridge to receive the traditional Tech Bible and beanie. The end of New Student Orientation marks the start of a four-year journey riddled with classic collegiate fashion – sweatpants, free T-shirts and underwear shortages.  One item, however, remains a fixture in every new arrival’s apparel: the red RHC lanyard, the WPI freshman’s favorite accessory. Worn fervently during NSO, chewed on anxiously before the first big test, and swung about carelessly in line at DAKA, the lanyard is an evergreen reminder of the young, fresh and eager-eyed matriculates we once were.

Just the Tip
  It’s 10:03 a.m. on a Wednesday morning, and you just woke up with a headache following the first tech Tuesday of A-Term. You have one Physics lab today and that’s it… you bask in the glory of Wednesday until… wait. That Physics lab started three minutes ago! You jump out of bed and begin the sprint towards Olin Hall. Swinging open the door of your forced triple, you run down the hallway, trying to remember what that lab is about. After about three steps, yet another realization sets in, like a sock filled with quarters: your lanyard, ID, and keys are still inside! A quick step back and you push open the door once again, grab your lanyard and run to class. Lanyard hanging haphazardly from the pocket, keys and ID holding on for dear life: we call that Just the Tip style.

Straight edge
  With every crazy fashion style comes a humble beginning: the style on which each increasingly far-fetched style is based. Straight edge represents the beginning of the end, the coup de grâce, the siren song of the lanyard fashion world. It’s a common sight during orientation and the weeks that follow: 35-strong packs of students all wearing their lanyards around their necks, venturing out beyond the edges of campus to see what upperclassmen apartments have to offer. With straight edge, of course, come two varieties: standard and concealed (lanyard worn under your shirt). The former is what most freshmen choose. The second option is for upperclassmen who never quite lost the thrill of pressing their chests up to RFID readers around campus, Tarzan-style. Heed our advice: if you opt to go straight edge, you may as well tattoo “FRESHMAN” across your forehead.

Leash (Belt loops)
  Ever seen a child on a leash? With the new WPI lanyard, you can now create your own leash for those friends of yours who simply cannot stay out of trouble. Simply hook the clip of the lanyard onto a belt loop, and you’ll be good to go. Of course, this could present a problem with the lanyard owner’s keys and ID constantly falling out. You might want to consider the alternative: tie the end of the lanyard to a belt loop, creating easy mobility for both keys and the ever necessary ID. Important note: if the Leash fails to do its job, you can always count on the sturdy backpack handle as a reliable back-up to control your wayward friends.

  People develop irritating habits: chewing fingernails, tapping feet – and then, some chew on their lanyards. Just like babies scream and wail if they are separated from their pacifiers, this breed of WPI kids show severe anxiety if their Pacifiers are wrenched away from them for any reason. Some bite on the edges of their IDs, others chew nervously on a section of their lanyards, while others gnaw on them methodically until the entire lanyard is sufficiently saliva-covered and worn out. We give you fair warning: do not attempt to mess with anyone that has any part of a lanyard hanging from their mouth.

  Sometimes, regular jewelry just isn’t enough. And with the plethora of WPI gear available to us, why not try to make a bold fashion statement if you can? A lanyard is more than just a way to keep your essentials together. Tie it around your wrist. Rock it as an anklet. If you can manage, swipe a matching one and create some unique earrings. Get creative: make a Tech-ccessory! This style doesn’t appeal to the engineers so much as it does to the humanities and arts types. Although they’re hard to spot in a sea of WPI kids, they do exist. They’re like finding Waldo; difficult to find but always hiding in the spot you thought to check last.

  Although it is seldom observed on campus after A-Term, Headgear is arguably one of the most aesthetically displeasing ways to wear your lanyard. Worn bandanna-style around the head, the keys and ID dangle off to the side. Despite this look’s traditionally poor reception, there are always a handful of new students that decide to brave the wave of judging looks, all in attempt to show the world that WPI lanyards are more than just a way of keeping your keys and ID in one place.