Name: Keith Gilvar
School/Year: Colby College '14
Major: Philosophy and Government
Hometown: Sherman, TX
Relationship status: Single
Favorite dining hall: Dana
Three things you can’t live without: My siblings, my dogs, and my favorite pair of jeans.
Interests: Anything physically active, playing the guitar, sailing.
Favorite movie: It’s a toss-up between The Big Lebowski and Wedding Crashers.
Favorite song: "Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright" by Bob Dylan.
Favorite professional athlete: Tough call, but I’d say Wes Welker (fellow Texan).
Favorite book: The Analects of Confucius
What do you do on campus?
I play varsity tennis, and I’m a member of the debate society. Aside from that, I sleep, eat, make it to the AC on my own time now and again, and try to get homework done somewhere in between.
What’s one girl trend you don’t understand?
You know those super thick belts that girls wear up high, riding up well above their pants or shorts? I always find that one fascinating, since I always think of a belt serving a kind of purpose or utility, namely, supporting one’s pants. Then again, I’m not even sure if it’s still a ‘trend’ anymore…
What do you look for in a girl?
The very first thing I see in a girl is her smile. Period. In fact, at the risk of sounding shallow, I’ll admit that a set of impeccable pearly whites is something of a prerequisite for me. I find that I also do cartwheels for girls who ‘get’ my sense of humor (most who do have to know me pretty well, but the ones who recognize when I’m trying to be funny right off the bat make me want to propose on the spot).
What’s your favorite pick-up line?
I tend to rely solely on my good looks, charm, and thinking on my feet as far as approaching women is concerned. If I had to go with a rehearsed pickup line, however, the movie Hall Pass had an opener I found clever: “How much does a polar bear weigh? Enough to break the ice.” Made me chuckle.
What’s your best feature?
My teeth, hands down, and I work hard to keep it that way. After all, considering what I look for in the opposite sex, I’d be a hypocrite if I didn’t!
Which author, dead or alive, would you want to write your biography?
I love the prose and humor of Bill Bryson, so I’d go with him.
What’s your favorite quote?
Oscar Wilde has a pretty deep one: "Where would you be now if you took your dog on a walk and never once pulled back on the leash?"
What’s cooler than cool?
Sailing. For one, it’s classy, and as my dad once told me, sailing is one of those rare things in life in which participating in the activity itself is unfailingly better than the idea of it. We’ve all had exposure to things like, say, an underwhelming sexual encounter, or perhaps the novelty of that brand new sports car wears off after a while, but somehow sailing is a brand new and exciting experience every time.
If you could talk to the people of the North Pole, what would you ask them?
I’d inquire as to their contingency plan where global warming is concerned.
If you could be one celebrity, who would you be and why?
George Clooney, because I want to age like a fine red wine and be that goddamn good looking when I’m in my fifties.
Write your memoir in 6 words…
I sat alone and thought peacefully.
What’s your go-to outfit on a Saturday night?
Depends on the night, but I don’t believe there’s such a thing as being "overdressed," if that tells you anything.
What’s your most embarrassing moment?
It’s difficult to pinpoint one, but really any rough Sunday morning in Dana when multiple people I definitely don’t recall meeting tell me how funny I was the night before. I’m never sure whether to laugh or apologize.
Describe yourself in 3 adjectives…
I’m often reserved, but also friendly and entertaining.