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13 Aspiring Journalist Campus Cuties

Name: Elliot Grandia
Age: 21
Hometown: Rockford, MI
Major: Broadcast Journalism
Relationship status: Single
When are you graduating: May, 2013

What are your plans after graduation: Invent a new ice cream flavor and hopefully find a job.

Favorite Bar in East Lansing: Harper’s or Rick’s

What’s your favorite thing about MSU: I love the big atmosphere. You meet someone new wherever you go.

Favorite place on MSU campus: That’s hard to pick one…Spartan stadium during the night games, anywhere during the fall when the leaves are changing, and of course inside Brody cafeteria.

What’s your party trick or hidden talent: Yodeling….and eating Conrads.

What attracts you to someone or what do you look for: Someone who has confidence, is adventurous, and has a contagious smile.

Perfect date: This will sound super cliche…but at home we have a lot of cool, scenic rivers, so probably canoeing or kayaking and finding a cool place to picnic and just talk.

Favorite Pick up line: If a fat man puts you in a bag at night, don’t worry I told Santa I wanted you for Christmas.



Name: Derek Thiel
Hometown: Farmington Hills, MI
Age: 21
Major: Journalism/Communications
Relationship Status: Single


If you were stranded on an island, what three things would you bring?
Some reading materials, my phone, and my dog.

Boxers of Briefs:Boxers

Favorite spot to hangout on campus: Right outside Warriner Hall

Blondes or Brunettes: Brunettes

What’s the craziest thing you have ever done?
Got arrested this spring break in PCB the day before my 21st bday

Qualities do you admire in the opposite sex: Someone who understands sarcasm.

Favorite movie: Blow

Do you have any awesome or hidden talents?
Not really, I can bong a beer in under a second.

Hollywood Crush: Hayden Panettiere


Name: Desmond Randall
Age: 22
Hometown: West Seneca, NY
Major: Print Journalism
Relationship Status: I want a girl when I want a girl, and when I don’t want a girl, I want a girl who understands that.

Memberships: Wide Receiver on the Football team; Dominating in Intramural Basketball (Team Top Flight).
Interests: Sports, writing, making Ro TV, and music
Boxer or Briefs: Briefs
Favorite Quality in a Girl: If they look good when they work out in simple workout clothes, hair up in a pony, spandex on and a workout tee.
What Girl Trend Do You Hate/Not Understand: That’s tough. I can tell you my favorite trend for a girl to wear though, gaucho pants. Actually, I hate when girls wear beat down Uggs, that are leaning and busted.
Favorite Way To Spend a Saturday: Winning a game, then getting it in with the team. 
Fun Fact: I don’t know how to swim.



Name: Sheldon Minor
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism
Status: Single

What specific qualities do you look for in a lover?
I’m a really active person, so I need someone that can keep up and who likes to work out as well. I don’t know, I guess I would say I’m a pretty laid back person, I try to be stress free as much as possible, so someone I can just hang out and relax with. I like someone who’s outgoing and fun who I can communicate with and talk to easily, um… and I need a girl that can watch sports and knows what is going on when we’re watching things! That’s so important beyond belief.

The best part of my day is ____________________?
I just love the sh*t out of breakfast.

What’s something you always have trouble with?
I’m in the school of journalism and I enjoy writing, but I always struggle with actually liking my writing, and so that’s kind of tough.

What does your inner child want right now?
My inner child wants to go on a gluten-filled rampage and eat every terrible piece of food that I can! I miss it so much. Bread is so good!

Mila Kunis or Kate Upton: Mila Kunis!

What was your favorite toy as a kid?
When I was like, six years old, my parents bought me a giant stuffed whale. It was bigger than me and I used to cuddle with it.

What are your passions?
My passions? Fitness is definitely a passion of mine and I always push to see what I can make myself do. Um, sports are a big part of my life, just because I’m always so impressed with what people are able to accomplish and I watch them to see all those great moments.

 What’s something most people don’t know about you?
That I was in the United States Air Force. It made me who I am in so many ways.

If a girl is interested in you, how would you want her to let you know?
I think just something simple, maybe asking me to hang out, you know? ‘Cause I’m typically pretty shy and I don’t usually act on my feelings too often, so it’s kinda nice to be reassured that the mutual feeling is there.


Name: Clark Shepard
Hometown: Yarmouth, ME
Relationship Status: Single
Sign: Scorpio


Campus Life
Major: Journalism
Favorite thing about UMaine: The parking, the weather, and hilltop. 
How are you involved on campus: I’m sometimes on it…
Favorite place to eat in Orono: Shouts to Bob and the Family Dog
Campus posse (name some friends): The Crosby Boys. You know who you are.
Best place to meet girls at UMaine: 62 Crosby St. Next question.
Why did you choose UMaine: I heard there were some good pizza places.
Best Class: Journalism
Worst Class: Everything else
How do you like to spend your weekends here: Easy Company at the Roost and late night Crosby ragers.

What is on your ipod’s top rated: Tribe Called Quest, J Dilla, Gangstarr, and James Taylor
Boxers or Briefs: Boxer Briefs
An embarrassing confession: I watch Anchorman and Good Will Hunting every month. Religiously.
Ski or Snowboard: Ski
Salty or Sweet: Salty Sweet
Cats or Dogs: Dogs. Cats are worthless.
Dream job: Play-by-play announcer or Miranda Kerr’s cabana boy. Either one.
Biggest Pet Peeve: YOLO. That word has to die.
Three words to describe yourself: N-R-G…?

Favorite Barstool Segment: Anything about Jenny Dell
Favorite song to dance to at a party: All Night Long – Lionel Ritchie 
Favorite food: Late night mac n’ cheese balls from the Dog
Favorite Beer: PBR
Favorite App (game or otherwise): Ruzzle and Shazam

The Nitty Gritty
Craziest place you’ve ever had sex: Beached lobster boat
How do you let someone know you’re interested in them: If I offer you a crisp PBR, you’re wife material.
What do you want girls to know about you: I’m a good guy. Don’t be intimidated by my dance moves.
What do you look for in a girl: Smart, confident, and likes to laugh. Oh and can cook…I’m blowing way to much cash on delivery.
Deal-breaker: Smokes cigarettes. Your mouth tastes like tar…
Celebrity Man Crush: Tom F-ing Brady


Full Name: Daniel C. Mazzei
Academic Year: Freshman
Hometown: Tewksbury, MA
Major: Journalism


Born and raised an athletic hockey player, this campus cutie is one to look out for not only on campus, but also on the ice:“I just started in January with the [Suffolk] team after transferring from Wentworth, so it’s hard for me to say how things have been all year, but we’re working hard every day to get better and hopefully start posting some wins. I started as a center for the team, but due to some injuries I’ve been moved back to defense. Juggling school and hockey can be difficult and stressful at times, but for the most part I’m able to get in and out of practicequickly, so I have plenty of time to take care of my work. My favorite hockey team is the Boston Bruins, and my favorite player is Patrice Bergeron. This is where I live and grew up so I’ve always supported the home team.”
If you had to describe yourself in just 3 words, what would they be?  “Yo soy fiesta.” Sorry for those who don’t understand the Gronk (Patriots) reference.
Celebrity crush: My celebrity crush is definitely Charlize Theron.
Tell me something most people don’t know about you?  
Something most people don’t know about me is that I’m a 21-year-old freshman.
Turn-ons:  Classy, intelligent, confident, athletic body, nice teeth, and brunettes are a must!
 Turnoffs: Girls that act stupid on purpose, party animals, dressing trashy, and odd piercings just don’t work for me.
Relationship Status:Taken…sorry ladies!

Name: Chris Helton
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Year: 2015
Major: Journalism and Mass Communication – Public Relations

Favorite Coldstone/Yopo Flavor: Oreo Cookie or Milk & Cookies (you have to go to Ben & Jerry’s for this one)
Where do you study? Davis, UL, other? 3rd Floor of the Union, Davis or my apartment
Fun Fact: I sing in the shower.
Motto: “Rather than looking forward in fear, look upward in faith.”
Campus Involvement: Carolina Association of Black Journalists Social Media Chair, Carolina Performing Arts Intern, Theater Delta, Roosevelt Institute – Arts and Cultural Policy Center (UNC ARTery)
What’s your favorite thing about Carolina? Besides the super-talented, nice people, it’s definitely the endless opportunities!
What do you like to do in your free time? Acting, goof around with my friends, run/workout, try new restaurantsWhat qualities do you find attractive in a girl? Generally, someone who’s down-to-earth, positive, intelligent and confident

What are your biggest turn-offs? Negativity is the worst!
Who is your celebrity crush? Beyoncé, Zoe Saldana, Penelope Cruz
What are you most proud of? 
I have a little sister and watching her grow up and mature has definitely made me a proud brother. Also, the friends/network I have built here at Carolina, and the habit of success that has come along with it.
So what do you plan to do after college? 
I plan to work either in corporate communications/branding for a top Fortune company or in some similar capacity for the government. Then I’m going to get an MBA and continue to work up the corporate/government ladder.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years? 
Settled into my career, hopefully in some management position, and settled into a committed relationship. Oh yeah, and traveling the world!



Full Name: Kiernan Zehring
Academic Year: Freshman
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Roxbury, Connecticut
Relationship Status: Single
Astrological Sign: Cancer


Biggest turn-on: Intelligence, sense of humor, then looks.
Biggest turn-off: No manners.

Celebrity crush: Emma Stone.

Future goals/ambitions: Have a successful television production career, or any career as a successful entertainer.

Involvement at Emerson: I am an assistant producer and editor for GME’s weather segment, and a “Speechless” panelist on The Emerson Channel (Mondays at 8)

Hobbies/interests: Acting, Filmmaking, Watching TV, and adventuring.

Fashion trend for girls that you don’t understand: Jeggings.

First thing you notice about a girl: Teeth and eyes.

Theme song to your life: “Little Secrets” by Passion Pit

Most embarrassing song on your iTunes library: “Hips Don’t Lie” by Shakira… No comment

Best part of your Emerson experience so far: Working on “Speechless” on The Emerson Channel.

Idea of a perfect date: Dinner at a nice restaurant, then a trip to a movie.

Favorite movie quote: “Did I adequately answer your condescending question?” –Mark Zuckerberg (The Social Network 2010)

Guilty pleasure: “Halloweentown”

Best pick-up line: “Hey I just met you, and this is crazy, here’s my number. Text me if you’d like, but you shouldn’t call because that would feel awkward.”


Name: Charlie Merritt
Nickname: Beers
Hometown: C-town
Relationship Status: Single
Major: Journalism and English 

How are you involved on campus: Writer for the Maine Campus Sports Section
Favorite place to eat in Orono: OHOP past 1 am
Best Class: Any Class during syllabus week
How do you like to spend your weekend: With the people I like most, doing what we do best.

Boxers or Briefs: Briefs
Biggest Pet Peeve: When I know someone is lying
An embarrassing confession: A girl I had a crush on saw me pick my nose…I may have even been hungry…my memory is blurry. 
Dream job: Fantasy football blogger and gambling expert.

Favorite Barstool Segment: “Does this look like the face of..”
Favorite song to dance to at a party: “Get Down on It” 
Favorite food: Ranch Zones with a buzz on
Favorite sports team(s): Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox 
Favorite Beer: Natural Light

How do you let someone know you’re interested in them: Not talk to them but wink from a distance, maybe facebook chat them. 
What do you want girls to know about you: I’ll make you laugh and laugh hard. 
What do you look for in a girl: A good personality that isn’t fake. Let’s have some fun. 

Deal-breaker: Texting during dinner. Good rule: more than two text per meal and I’m not picking up the tab. 
Celebrity Crush: Brookyln Decker
Boobs or Butt: Use to say boobs, but leaning towards butt as I get older.



Name: Trevor Curtis
Year in School: Junior
Major/Minor: Journalism with a focus on advertising
Relationship Status: single, hollaa!
Hometown: The rolling hills of North Plains, Oregon
Shameless Plug: @tr3vorcurtis (Twitter, Instagram)
Have you always known that Journalism was your calling?
In some way or another, yeah I have. I was doing job shadows in 8th grade for a sports writer in Forest Grove, Oregon. That’s where it started, sports writer to broadcaster, and now somehow advertising is thrown in the mix. Crazy how that works… (haha)
What excites you the most about the U of O?
The greatest part for me is the opportunities that are available here. I have met so many interesting people, some that share similar interests, and we’ve been able to work together. It’s exciting to build a solid network, and for me at least, that offers a great pool of resources to learn from. Not that taking awesome classes aren’t exciting too… ahem. Plus, can I get a “Sco Ducks”? It’s a primo time to be here!
Tell us a little about DuckTV and how you got started with it…
I was invited by my neighbor, who said I might enjoy getting involved, and that was probably the best decision I’ve made at school. We’re a completely student-run television network with original programming. I was in a show called Mob Bros. last term, besides being a part of the P.R. staff and it was super fun. We’re actually having auditions this Thursday and Friday, January 10th and 11th. Anyone is welcome to come out, we can always use production assistants, audio mixers, editors, extra actors, P.R. experts, and animators too! Just check out ducktv.uoregon.edu, and I better see all of you who just read this at auditions. Or I will find you.
Favorite TV show or movie:
Oh, favorite TV shows, it’s a toss up between South Park and Seinfeld. My favorite movie is The Aristocats. Obviously; everybody wants to be a cat.
What artists are you listening to right now?
Like at the moment? “Purple Swag” the remix, off of A$AP Rocky’s new album. Other than that, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Attack Attack, and lots of Ke$ha. I don’t know what’s up with the dollar sign…
What do you like to do in your free time?
Play basketball, film, or do some writing, maybe take a nap. And eating, but I guess that goes without saying.
What’s your secret to getting the ladies?
Hmm, getting the ladies, that’s a good question. I don’t really do anything, just talk and listen to what they have to say, and if “the ladies” as we call them, say something striking or refreshing, I’ll talk to them. Genuine conversation seems to work pretty well, plus making y’all laugh of course.
What’s your biggest turn-on/turnoff when it comes to girls?
Alright, biggest turn-on is easily when a girl lets me know what’s going on in her head. Like, I mean you can talk to me, I would rather know what’s in your head than play stupid games. So, I guess, open honesty? We’ll go with that. Oh, and I’m gonna take this opportunity to say, if we meet and you think I’m cute or whatever, let me know, I’m probably too stupid to read any of your ridiculous, subtle lady signals. Sorry about that…
Dream job: I’d be Dirty Trev, Pirate King off somewhere in the Caribbean.
Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
“Love yourself and life will work itself out.”

Full Name: Jake Athyal
Academic Year: 2014
Major: Communication/Journalism
Minor: Theatre
Hometown: Ernakulam, Kerala, India
Relationship Status: Single
Astrological sign: Aquarius
Twitter/facebook/blog: Jake Athyal (FB)

Biggest turn-on: Laughter
Biggest turn-off: Inconsideration.

Celebrity crush and why: Sharbat Gula. She was living as a refugee in Pakistan when a picture of her was taken Steve McCurry and was made the cover of National Geography. Her eyes are simply stunning.

Future career goals/ambitions: I’m still trying my best to make a decision between Broadcast Journalism and Theatre. I’m very aware I’m going to have to give the upper hand to one, but I’m holding out on that decision for as long as I can. I’m aware it’s not a very smart thing to do, but I’ve fallen for both.

Hobbies/interests: I love acting and have been fortunate enough to be part of multiple productions. I was captain of my soccer team back in high school in India for two years.

Who would you consider your “man crush”: Barack Obama

Least favorite fashion trend for girls: Uggs

Campus Activities: Theatre Department Productions, PAO Productions, Techies Union, Speech and Debate Team

Three words you’d use to describe yourself: Happy, adventurous and naive.

What advice would you give to a girl trying to impress you?
Don’t. Be yourself. I’m a lot more interested in who you are and have no intention of changing you. Don’t over think it.

If you had to be stuck on a deserted island for an entire year with another student at Suffolk university who would it be:
I had the pleasure of meeting and working with a SU veteran John Mensch. We worked on “At Ease”, a Suffolk production. He was a Marine. If anyone can help me survive a year, it would be him.

If you had to pick a song to be the theme song to your life what would it be?
“Let It Be” by the Beatles

Most embarrassing moment (keep it relatively appropriate): 
I’ve told a lot of people this story. First day of class at Suffolk; Intro to Theatre, professor walks in, I stand up. I could feel people’s eyes on me and quickly sat back down. In India, you always stand every time a professor walked in or out of class. I didn’t even realize I was getting up until I was very much on my feet.

Best part about your Suffolk experience so far: 
Being part of the Summer Theatre Ensemble Workshop (STEW) where we performed for incoming freshmen at orientation. Mainly cause the orientation staff is impeccable. I am very proud of this school, but something special happens during orientation when we put out Suffolk’s best and most welcoming. It very much motivated me to be more welcoming and outgoing. I’m still close to my orientation leaders.

What is an interesting fact about you most people don’t know: I work at the Boston Tea Party Ships And Museum and often portray Samuel Adams. Yeah, there have been a couple awkward moments.

Most romantic thing you’ve ever done for someone: Once on Valentine’s Day I snuck into a class, gave a girl a bouquet and ran out. Everyone but the class professor saw me (she was writing on the board). Now that I think about it realize I got pretty lucky.

If people were to give you a superlative, what do you think it would be? 
“Most likely to use dynamite to go fishing”, but seriously, I know close to nothing about fishing. Or dynamite now that I come to think about it.



Name: Jonathan Unger
Nickname: Junger
Hometown: Bethlehem, PA
Year: 2014
Major: Journalism (Advertising) and German double major
Relationship status: In a committed relationship (sorry, ladies!)
Favorite movie: TalHotBlonde (Lifetime movie)
Favorite spot on campus: I like to find a secret spot at Davis where no one can find me
Fun fact: I wore hospital socks three times this week
Motto: I ain’t got no quarrel with the Viet Cong

Looking for a Mad Man to keep you and your kitty’s heart racing? This week’s Campus Cutie, a 2014 advertising major and cat lover, will be your valentine and then some.

What is your favorite part about UNC?
I like the idea of having a basketball team, whether it is in the reality or not, I like to brag to people that UNC has a basketball team. Also, the campus is nice.

What is one thing you would like to do before you graduate?
One thing I’d like to do before I graduate, this is pretty realistic but I’d like to go to a UNC/Duke game at Cameron. It’d be so much fun.

Do you have any special skills, talents or bragging rights?
Other than being campus cutie, do people still brag about their SAT scores? I play volleyball for the club team. We came 5th in nationals. He got honorable mention All-American.

Besides volleyball club, what are you involved with on campus?
Besides volleyball, I am involved with UNC’s AdClub. I run new businesses venture and it’s to get people actual experience with campaign and speakers. 

What do you want to do after college?
I really like to live in Germany for a while and make something out of that major since right now I’m not doing that much with it.
Who is your biggest influence right now?
My biggest influence is probably my brother. He’s 9 years older than me so he’s just old enough that we were close, but he didn’t pick on me.

What’s your idea of the perfect girl?

Strawberry blonde, name starts with J… just kidding. 
Good sense of humor, ability to time travel, and good family values. I don’t have a type. I don’t like girls who are 6 feet or above, I can see the beauty in anyone, though.

What about your biggest turn-offs?

I don’t like girls who smoke cigarettes. That would probably be the biggest turnoff of all.

Describe your ideal first date.
One where I don’t have to pay. If she can time travel, something using that ability. I don’t know. I like to keep things fair and simple. Movie. I’m a movie kind of guy. Something greater than a 90 on rotten tomatoes if she’d go watch that with me. I like to go watch movies that are critically acclaimed movies.

I just want to shout out to my secret admirers JL and JM and tell them that they will always have my heart.



Name: Giles Smith
Year: Junior
Major: Journalism
Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland
Relationship Status: In a relationship

Giles Smith swims on the U of A swimming and diving team, and hopes to make it to the Olympic Games in 2016.  Keep an eye out for this campus cutie!


Favorite Color: Blue
Favorite Movie: Django
Favorite Food: Steak and Potatoes

Hobbies: sports, basketball, hanging with friends, working out, watching TV

What’s your favorite thing about the U of A?
It’s warm and it has beautiful people. It’s just fun, everyone here is really nice and inviting.

What interests you about a career in journalism?
I really liked broadcasting and, specifically, sports broadcasting and commentating.  I’m interested in all the things that had to do with broadcast and print journalism.

What things are you involved in on campus?
Swimming takes most of my time. I swim for about 20 hours a week, go to school full time. I try to eat and sleep in between there, and have some fun.

What’s the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
When I was 13 or 14, a freshman in high school, I thought I got a valentines day card from a gir I really liked it.  But it was a guy that pulled a prank on me.  I went up to the girl and started talking to her about the card and she didn’t know what I was talking about. That’s definitely up there.

What’s an interesting fact about you?
I’m probably the world’s slowest runner. People would think I’m this big athletic guy, but I’m a terrible runner.  I can’t even run a mile.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. When I was little someone told me I would never win a race, and I always used that as motivation for swimming, school, and life in general.

What’s your favorite quote?
“Hard work always beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard.”

Describe your perfect girl.
Someone who has a beautiful smile. Someone that is fun to talk to and someone I can relate to just as a friend before we even start a relationship.

Describe your perfect date.
I’m kind of old fashioned so I’m down for just getting dinner and getting to know each other. At first it might be intimidating, but I’m sociable and I find it pretty easy.

What’s on your bucket list?
To win an Olympic gold metal in swimming. Last summer I got 8th in the Olympic trials. But in 2016, I definitely want to make the team and get gold after that.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Hopefully happy and with a wife and kids and a good job and a lot of good memories with my friends and family.


I am a junior and a Campus Correspondent for Connecticut College! I am majoring in American Studies and a PICA scholar. I was a High School Ambassador for HerCampus in 2010-2011 and a contibuting writer 2011-2012. I love writing, editing, and social media. This fall, I am a Student Coordinator for the Women's Center, a photographer for College Relations, and am also a member of SafetyNet. When I'm not writing, I love being outside and enjoy many many different types of music. I also enjoy shopping at the Container Store, sharpie markers, thunderstorms, onesies, Gilmore Girls, The Newsroom, New Girl, 60 Minutes, and The West Wing. 
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