Campus Cutie: Ian Karp

Meet Ian Karp! You’ll find this Campus Cutie studying for Comp Sci in the Trottier building and you can recognize him by his awesome sense of humor and penchant for tuna rolls, tennis, and of course, poutine. As the VP External in the Computer Science Undergraduate Society and co-founder of the McGrill Club, you might wonder how this cutie has any time to study, or to perform with his band, Salt and Vinegar. Read on to learn more about Ian; we're sure he'll wow you with his wit and charm.

Name: Ian Karp

Hometown: Glen Ridge, New Jersey

Year: U2/Second Year

Program: Computer Science

Are you involved with any clubs or activities on campus? I am the VP External in the Computer Science Undergraduate Society, Co-founder of the McGrill Club

Coffee or tea? A mixture of both coffee and tea. About 40% coffee and 60% tea. Maybe an extra 5% honey if I’m feeling dangerous.

Song title? What Dreams Are Made Of

Describe yourself in 3 words: Spicy Tuna Roll

Where will I find you on a Saturday night? Most likely you’ll find me in the library studying so I can make my family proud.

What is your favorite place to study? Trottier Building

Do you have a favorite celebrity? George Creel/William Jennings Bryan (too hard to choose)

Favorite TV show? Blues Clues (with Steve)

Role model: Eminem from 8 mile

Tell us about your band, Salt and Vinegar: We’re not so much a band as an experimental art group. We’ve performed magic, recited poems, and publicly questioned why all the magical artifacts in Jackie Chan Adventures were stolen as soon as they were collected by Jackie Chan and friends. Literally the next episode. Unbelievable.

Embarrassing story: Oh boy, well this one time I forgot to take Madame Zeroni up the mountain so she could drink from a stream while I sang “If only if only, the woodpecker sighs, the bark on the trees was as soft as the skies, the wolf waits below, hungry and lonely and cries to the moon, if only if only” nearby and I was cursed for always and eternity. It was super awkward.

Weird obsession: Poutine

Fun Fact: I speak French and English! And also probably java!

Single/Taken: Taken

What’s the most attractive quality someone can have? The ability to control electromagnetic fields.

Do you have any hobbies? I enjoy reading, cooking, and sanding.



Book: A Prayer for Owen Meany

Music: The Beatles

Movie: American Beauty

TV Show: House of Cards

Passtime: Tennis

Horoscope: Scorpio

Pet peeves: When people put sand on my food. Or food in my sand.

Morning/night? No thanks

Dogs/cats? Dogs, but if CatDog were real I’d have to go with CatDog.

Dream job? Submarine chef.

Dream travel? I’ve always wanted to visit Stewart Bio, it seems like a magical place.

What’s your favourite memory from Mcgill? When I got an 86 on a Calc assignment last year.

Do you have any fun Mcgill stories? See Calc assignment story.

Where will you be during break? Back home in New Jersey where I will eat the foods of my people in the diners of my people.

What was your craziest experience at mcgill? I dropped my pen at the Y intersection and a squirrel picked it up. I chased it all the way up Mont-Royal and when I finally caught up to him and we had a chance to talk, we found out we both went to the same high school.

Stranded on an island only one food? Nothing beats a simple ear of corn for every meal for the rest of your life.

Any collections? Screen shots of interesting times. For example, 11:11, 22:22, 12:34, etc.


Images obtained from the interviewee.