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You may have heard (KCV)’s mash-ups at Harry’s, Tiff’s on the Landing, the Pageant, or at our very own Kappa Sigma house. This week’s Campus Celeb (and honorary cutie) is an up and coming DJ from LA. And did I mention he’s six feet tall?!! It’s only a matter of time before Kesar Varma makes it big – this musical genius is confident, engaging, and beyond talented. Like him on Facebook and check out Parentheses are Mandatory – his latest mash-up on SoundCloud. If you like what you hear, be sure to tell him –someday you’ll brag about meeting him before he became famous.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA
On Campus Involvement: Ashoka Co-Social Chair, Kappa Sigma
Secret Talents? Accents. I can do accents really well.
What’s your best one? My Indian one. I’m Indian…
Understandable…What’s your kryptonite? My dog! And puppies in general.
So why are the parentheses mandatory? Because everyone has something special about them and something that defines them. Also SoundCloud wouldn’t let my username be KCV so I had to add parentheses.
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s formal season! And it has been for quite a while. But is your perfect dress just slightly too long? Or too short? Or too big after your spring break diet? Fortunately for you, this week’s Campus Celeb is not only a fashionista but also a master seamstress and savvy businesswoman. Sarah Ettinger can take your favorite dress with the huge rip in the seam and sew it up as good as new. So if you’re looking to prevent any wardrobe malfunctions on your fanciest photo op of the semester, like the Sarah Mae page on Facebook, let her work her magic, and consider her your formal fairy godmother.
Name: Sarah Ettinger
Hometown: Potomac, Maryland
Major: Fashion Major, Art History Minor
On Campus Involvement: Delta Gamma, Editor at Armour, Club Lacrosse
Tell me about your alterations business: I’ve been altering people’s clothing to help save rent money for this summer in New York. I’ve been a lot of doing hemming, darts, taking in, taking out…just basic alterations.
What are you doing in New York this summer? Last summer I worked for Marchesa, and through that experience I was able to get a design internship this summer for the women’s runway department at Michael Kors.
Are you sick of everything on your iPod right now? In need of some new music to help you survive a long study session or make your pregame this weekend that much better? As the music director for KWUR, this week’s campus celeb has the expertise you’re looking for. She also has an ear for up-and-coming music, a great sense of humor, a laidback, friendly attitude, and did I mention she loves dogs? That’s right, we should all have a girl crush on Hanna McCrum. Lucky for you, it’s KWUR Week so you’ll get the chance to meet her! And hear all the best new music, of course.
Name: Hanna McCrum
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Major: PNP, Writing Minor
On Campus Involvement: KWUR, EST, Kappa Kappa Gamma
Position in KWUR: Music Director
What does that entail? I’m essentially responsible for communicating with people who send us CDs, tracking how the CDs are doing in KWUR, and reporting those results to College Music Journal. And there’s the occasional ticket/concert giveaway.
What’s your favorite part of the job? Talking to the promoters. They’re super friendly and passionate about their jobs so it makes it really easy for me to work with them from the other side.
You also host a radio show, right? Yeah, I do a show with Kaitlin Huennekens. It’s on Sundays from 4-5 if you wanna check it out.
Admission: FREE with Student ID
What if I told you that this Sunday you could roll out of bed and stumble upon the set of a #1 Billboard Hot 100 Artist? Well you can - thanks to CS40, Macklemore will be performing right outside your dorm! So forget your normal hung-over Sunday study routine and head to the Swamp. Starting at 1:30, you and your friends will enjoy several openers, including:Broom Closet Beer Club Kid Scientist Rhyme n Reason Allen Qiu Jammin’ With Phil DJ KCV
Consider the slight chance of snow in the forecast as the perfect excuse to don a fur coat - it’s the only way to fully embrace the Macklemore experience! From now until Sunday, I highly recommend you listen to Heist on a loop. Learning every single lyric on the album counts as studying, right? Happy WUstock!
Shannon Welsh may seem like your typical freshman (undecided major, pledging a sorority, close with her freshman floor, insert other freshman attributes here…) but this week’s campus celeb is anything but ordinary. Understated yet enthusiastic, Shannon has a passion for beekeeping (Yes, beekeeping. Hang in there with me.) that she wanted to share with the rest of campus. And what better way to share something than to start a club about it??
Name: Shannon Welsh
Hometown: Northern Rapids, Michigan
Major: Undecided, Sculpture Minor
On-Campus Involvement: Kappa Kappa Gamma, President/Cofounder of the Bee School
What got you interested in beekeeping? I read a lot about it in high school, and I’ve wanted to have my own hive for a few years but couldn’t in my hometown because they had nuisance policy. So when I got to Wash U, I started contacting a lot of local beekeeping places that have monthly meetings.
Do you go to them? Yeah, I’ve been to a couple, but it’s mostly beekeepers getting beers…
Oh…yeah, of course. If you weren’t doing this, would you have started a different club? Hmm, I don’t know. I just love bees!
Most people have an aversion to bees. What are your thoughts on that? It’s an irrational fear. Most people are actually stung by wasps and yellow jackets, but they don’t know the difference. Honeybees are pretty passive. Also, if they sting you once, it’s good riddance for them, so…
If you could compare a celebrity to a bee, who would it be? Someone hardworking and selfless…maybe an Olympian? Definitely not Jerry Seinfeld. Have you seen Bee Movie…? Uh, yeah, me neither. (Sadly this reference went right over my head.)
Tickets: Free with your WashU student ID.
Do you love basketball? More importantly, do you love basketball players? This weekend you have the perfect excuse to ogle -- I mean...support them in their athletic endeavors! Come cheer on the men's basketball team as they take on Spalding University in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship! If you haven't been following their amazing season you should probably hop on the bandwagon right about now. Maybe if you're lucky you'll get to celebrate with them afterward - I hear there's even a campus cutie or two on the team. What more could you possibly want? So take a break from the library, throw on your most spirited WUSTL gear, and I'll see you at the game!
Remind Her That She Has Other Options
There isn’t just one person in the world for everyone, but right now your friend might not see that. So help her out. Just remember, quality over quantity. Pointing out one hot guy flirting with her in the stir-fry line is a lot better than assuring her that all the townies at Harry’s are totally checking her out.
What may seem like a well-known fact to you might be something that your friend doesn’t want to share with the rest of the world. Before other people ask you about the breakup, ask your friend how she wants you to respond to any questions that may come up. And when in doubt, just play dumb.
Keep Shit Talking To a Minimum
As easy (and fun) as it is to verbally rip this guy to pieces, your friend dated him for a reason. Regardless of who ended it or why, there’s probably a part of her that still cares about him. Keep in mind that rattling off the many ways in which he sucks might only make her feel stupid for ever liking him in the first place. It’s important to be honest with her, but be careful about voicing your opinion until after her wounds have started to heal.
…But Make Jokes
If you’re incapable of being 100% serious no matter the circumstances, you may feel the need to make light of the situation. After all, you’d rather see your friend laughing than crying, right?
Let Her Know That You’re Thinking About Her
Meet Chisom Uche. As a psych major, business minor, club basketball player, and member of Thurtene Honorary, this week’s campus celebrity is everywhere. You might recognize that friendly smile and air of confidence because, after all, everyone on campus seems to know this cutie. So what don’t you know about him? For starters, he can flare his nose, has a knack for making omelet sandwiches, and values a great personality over perfect looks (Lucky for him, he has both).
Name: Chisom Uche
Hometown: Houston, TX
On-Campus Activities: Club Basketball, Thurtene Honorary
Favorite thing about Houston? That’s really hard to say…because I really don’t like Houston. But I love my high school friends.
Are they anything like your friends here? Not at all. If they weren’t in college, they’d be the degenerates of society, so I’m definitely the responsible friend. I’m not tryna go to prison…
Favorite animal: Bears! They’re just really fuzzy and cuddly but at the same time fierce and protective.
Least favorite animal: Roaches. And some spiders. They’re two of the only things that can just take my manhood. It’s just something about the way they move…
Secret talent: I can flare my nose!
Do you cook? Yeah, I’m a huge breakfast guy.
What are you doing this weekend? Wishing you had someone to watch the sunrise with? Someone who can tell you everything you ever wanted to know about ostriches? Someone who appreciates the Notebook? Someone who hates cheese? On the off chance you answered “yes” to any of these questions, Dan Margolis is perfect for you. He claims to be terrible at first impressions, but with those good looks and that sense of humor, who wouldn’t like this campus cutie right away?
Name: Dan Margolis
Hometown: Allentown, PA
On-Campus Activities: Sigma Chi, PLTL Leader, Freshman Academic Advisor
Favorite place on campus? Can it be off campus? Because I like the top of Art Hill. And it has to be at sunrise.
Why? Have you ever been there? It’s pretty self explanatory…It’s a sunrise. Over a mountain. With fountains.
Favorite animal? Ostriches! Stupid question. I did a report on them in 6th grade and they’re the fastest birds and they lay the biggest eggs and they’re frightening to most people, but I feel like I understand them.
Least favorite animal? Ostriches. Have you ever seen an angry ostrich? Like I said, they’re the fastest birds and they lay giant eggs. It’s a double-edged sword.
What did you want to be when you grew up? Billy Mayes
Mike Tarazi is quite the catch…if you’re into sassy art students who love penguins, garbage trucks, and trendy hats. For the record, he doesn’t really have a receding hairline…but he can lick his own elbow, and make you laugh until you cry. You can find him in Bear’s Den any given night frantically working to meet a deadline or downing a pint of Haagen Dazs Bananas Foster ice cream…sometimes at the same time. This campus cutie’s easygoing nature and quick wit will grab your attention right away…but if that’s not enough, have you seen his gorgeous face?
Name: Michael Tarazi
Hometown: Washington, D.C.
Major: Communication Design
How many languages do you speak? Three! That’s a good question.
What are they? English, French, and Arabic. Broken Arabic.
Favorite station at BD? Being of ethnic descent, I like the global station. It’s more like food from home! Even though it’s Indian…and I’m Jordanian.
Oooh exotic. What did you want to be when you grew up? I used to wanna be the garbage man because they swung off the back of the garbage truck, and it looked like a lot of fun. I also wanted to be a bus driver because they got to meet all these different people traveling. And I used to really like buses as a child.