Meet Sam Van Doren, a St. Louis native and transfer student from Trinity College. Sam, also known as Svd, is truly a Renaissance man – he plays football, tells great stories, knows how to ballroom dance, and loves animals. Rumor has it he even adopted a snow leopard! If you think that sounds extravagant…well, I’d have to agree. When he’s not tackling people on and off the football field, you can find this social butterfly surrounded by his Sigma Chi brothers in the DUC or walking around campus to the beat of “Halo.” If you’re looking for a hilarious, fun loving guy who’s somehow managed to turn his brutal honesty into a charming asset, look no further than this week’s campus cutie.
Name: Sam Van Doren.
Hometown: St. Louis, MO.
Major: Art History.
On Campus Activities: Football, Sigma Chi.
Favorite animal: Snow leopard. My grandma adopted one for me when I was little. I mean she adopted it in my name. I wasn’t walking it around on a leash or anything.
Least favorite animal: Snakes. I’m afraid of them.
Favorite place in St. Louis? My house so I can see my dog Bert.
Do you have any hobbies? I occasionally like to break a mental sweat.
What about secret talents? I’m a great storyteller! And I’ve dabbled in ballroom dancing.
What’s your motto? “You gotta risk it to get the biscuit.”
Celebrity girl crush: Marissa Miller from Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition.
Wish you were on KWUR but too intimidated by how alternative and cool they are? Yeah, me too. But that doesn't mean you can't spend the week after spring break enjoying all the amazing free concerts they're bringing to campus! Check out what they have in store for WUSTL music lovers:
TUESDAY (3/18): KWUR Does Klassical
Cecilia Belcher (violin) and Patti Wolf (piano)
[http://rocohouston.org/people/cecilia-] [http://pattiwolf.com/] 560 Music Center, 7:30 PM
WEDNESDAY (3/19): Rock Showcase
Tweens and JAPANTHER [http://tweens.bandcamp.com/] [http://www.japanther.com/] The Gargoyle, 8 PM Tickets: FREE with WU ID, or $10 at the door
FRIDAY (3/21): KWUR GETS DOWN
PARISIAN, MYKKI BLANCO AND PICTUREPLANE The Gargoyle, 8 PM Tickets: FREE with WU ID, or $10 at the door
SUNDAY (3/23): Klassic KWUR Shannon Wood (tympani) and Beat Therapy! [http://www.stlsymphony.org/bios/percussion/shannon-wood.aspx] 560 Music Center, 7:30 PM
All shows are free of charge with a Wash U ID, unless otherwise noted.
Are you looking for the all-American boy next door? A future accountant? A man with a sophisticated palate and a hatred of birds? If so, you’ve come to the right place. And if Jennifer Lawrence doesn’t respond to his persistent advances (and I honestly don’t see why she wouldn’t), Bobby might even be in the market for a formal date! All applicants must have a nice smile, love dogs, and be smart enough to appreciate his sense of humor. Bonus points if you’re not a blonde, girl version of Bobby that could pass for his Scandinavian twin. Because that’s just confusing for everyone involved.
Name: Bobby Stanell.
Hometown: Bradenton, FL.
On-Campus Activities: Sigma Chi, Books and Basketball, and hanging out with kids at the women’s safe house.
Favorite animal: Tiger. I had an imaginary pet tiger when I was little.
Least favorite animal? Any type of bird. I have a vendetta against all birds. Whenever I’m in a restaurant that serves ostrich (which has been twice in my life) I make sure to order it. I wish I could order it in bulk just to boost demand. I’ve been attacked by too many birds in my lifetime…
What did you want to be when you grew up? I’m pretty sure I just wanted to be my dad so I guess I wanted to be an accountant. My dad’s always been my best friend.
Secret talents? Uh I’m double jointed…but that might be more of a birth defect than a talent. But what if I told you I could tie a cherry stem with my tongue?
Are you a nice girl with a nice face? Do you like California boys? Engineers? Wolverine enthusiasts? This week’s campus cutie might not make the first move (chasing pigeons trumps chasing girls any day in his book), but if you’re lucky enough to have a conversation with Chris Levin (an intelligent conversation, that is) he might tell you about his unicycling skills or his impassioned hatred for manatees (sea cows, as he calls them). And if you really want to impress him, be sure to brush up on your Sean Connery impression… If you’re looking for a genuinely funny, absolutely adorable, unusually unique guy who doesn’t take himself too seriously, this campus cutie is right for you.
Name: Chris Levin.
Hometown: Pasadena, CA.
Major: Mechanical Engineering, Economics Minor.
On Campus Activities: Sigma Chi House Manager, Thurtene Honorary, Books and Basketball Day Leader.
What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanna be Max Elliott when I grow up. Get it? Cuz he’s tall?
Celebrity girl crush? That’s a tough one. I don’t know! There’s too many pretty girls in the world to choose just one crush.
Celebrity boy crush? Young Sean Connery.
Favorite animal? Wolverines because I saw a cool documentary about them recently, so they’re on my mind.
Least favorite animal? Ugh manatees. I feel like they’re just the cows of the sea and we’re not allowed to eat them. All they do is swim around and eat grass - that’s pretty much what cows do, right?
Did you know that Vivek Pandrangi can keep his hair standing straight up without gel? Or that all he really wants in life is the power to get free frozen yogurt whenever he craves it? If you don’t know him, he’s easily one of the friendliest – and cutest – guys on campus. He’ll strike up a conversation, or start a one sided rap-battle, with pretty much anyone. So, next time you see him being walking around campus or studying in Holmes Lounge, feel free to strike up a conversation about red pandas or Liam Neeson’s voice. But don’t get any ideas – this week’s Campus Cutie is happily taken.
Name: Vivek Pandrangi.
Hometown: Los Angeles, CA.
Major: Anthropology and Biology.
On-Campus Involvement: Sigma Chi Scholarship Chair, Biology Lab TA, and New Dimensions.
Tell me about New Dimensions: It’s a soccer coaching organization - it’s an immersion program for low-income refugee kids between 2nd through 5th grade
What did you want to be when you grew up? Well, how young are we talking? Because when I was really young I wanted to be Goku from Dragon Ball Z… because he’s just damn cool.
What’s your favorite place on campus? Holmes Lounge.
Celebrity girl crush? Keira Knightley.
Celebrity boy crush? Liam Neeson. He’s got a good voice.
What’s your favorite animal? Ooooh DAMMIT I HAVE SO MANY. Have you seen that red panda YouTube video? (Pulls up video of a red panda playing in the snow) No? You haven’t? Here…
As if we needed another reason to love running the Her Campus Wash U chapter, HC Nationals and its sponsors have outdone themselves once again by surprising us with a Back to School Survival Kit! We were so excited to get such cool (free) stuff that we couldn’t keep it to ourselves! No seriously, we have so many energy drinks right now - let us know if you want some...
1. Neuro SONIC not only tastes great - it helps increase alertness, maintain energy, and support mental performance. It’s perfect for that late night study session in Olin or that downtime after dinner on Friday when you don’t have time to nap but need a pick-me-up before getting dressed up and hitting the Loop bars.
2. Busy collegiettes on-the-go are always looking for easy and nutritious snacks, so you can imagine how happy we were to open our care package and find generous supply of mini white chocolate macadamia LUNA bars. LUNA offers a ton of different delicious flavors so you don’t have to sacrifice healthy choices for delicious ones while powering through a long day of classes.
3. Poppin school supplies (Poppin’s the name of the brand...but yeah you could also describe its notebooks and pens as poppin...) prove that studying doesn’t have to be boring! These aren’t your typical office supplies - Poppin sells work life products that help you get everything done in style.