Name: Pete Damico
Major: Electrical and Computer Engineering
Where you can find Pete: The engineering building or the gym
Fun Fact: He likes to go surfing in the dead of winter
What were you most thankful for on Thanksgivng?
Besides for the usual answer of seeing my family, probably just being able to be with my pups. They’re probably my favorite part about being home.
What’s the first thing you notice about a girl?
Her eyes and her smile. But I guess that’s two things so whichever one I see first.
What type of girl do you usually go for?
Generally the quiet ones and not necissarily the hot ones but the cute ones and you have to laugh at my jokes or else I’m not going for you! (He was obviously joking on that last part, girls.)
Have you ever had your heart broken?
Yeah about that um…no comment.
What movie could you watch over and over again?
What’s your guilty pleasure?
Taco Bell at 2AM
When did you learn how to play guitar?
I think when I was about 7 or 8 and I’ve been playing ever since.
What song would you serenade a girl with?
Any song by John Mayer. He’s a ladies’ man.
I think we can all agree with that!
How are you involved at Rowan?
I’m a PRO and I’m part of IEEE, which is an engineering club and I’m still part of the rugby team even though I wasn’t able to play this year because of an injury.
Name: Colin Hassell
Hometown: Aberdeen, New Jersey
Major: Mechanical Engineering and Management
Class Year: 2015
A recent performer at the Seventh Street Café late night music series, this campus cutie chose Bucknell so he wouldn’t get lost in the shuffle. At the close of the first semester, Colin Hassell has already started to make his mark by becoming the President of the class of 2015.
Favorite Book: Tuesday’s with Morrie by Mitch Albom
Favorite Movie: Pursuit of Happyness
Favorite store: Guitar Center
Favorite Class so far at Bucknell: Physics 211 with Tom Solomon
Favorite aspect of Bucknell: Everyone is really involved with something. Everyone is really passionate about what they do.
Favorite place on Campus: Weis Center. Downtown is nice too.
Most played song on your ipod: Chicken Fried by the Zac Brown Band
Campus Activities: Class President of the class of 2015, Concert Committee, CSC- Committee of Student Engagement, and ACE
Campus Posse: Alex Liebers and Glen Krebs General Interests: Obviously guitar and singing. Horseback riding- I do western pleasure.
Little Known Fact: Most people don’t know that I ride horses; I don’t talk about it much.
Girls, Girls, Girls
Relationship Status: No
What you look for in a girl: Physically, I like nice eyes and a nice smile. Personality wise, I look for maturity. It’s a big one. Someone that isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Someone that can just be straightforward and honest.
Female turnoff: Just the opposite.
Celebrity Crush: I don’t follow celebrities much. We’ll go with Carrie Underwood.
The Best of the Rest
My parents were very firm believers in education, and I worked really hard to get into my private school, Christian Brothers Academy, and I worked really hard to stay in the top five percent of my class. Also, in three years, I collected over 45,000 food items. It amounted to about $10,000. It is such a great feeling to drop it off and give it to needy people.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years:
So in ten years, I’ll be twenty nine, and I will be out of college, most likely with a graduate degree. So… working. I’d like to have a small horse farm on the side, as well as pursuing music on the side. The music, not for a super career, but for the fun of it.
3 words to describe you: compassionate, open, determined
Name: Jeff Mesa
Birthday: June 21, 1990
Zodiac Sign: Gemini
Height: 5’7 1/2
Hometown: Passaic, New Jersey
Relationship Status: Single
Major: Biology, Pre-Pharm
Filipino Americans Coming Together (FACT) and Vietnamese Student Association (VSA)
Favorite Color: Red
Favorite Food: Steak
Favorite TV Show: Family Guy, Mad Men, Walking Dead
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Working and hopefully having a family
What got you into playing the guitar?
My cousin played guitar and was in a band. And I just liked the whole performing live in front of people. I’ve always wanted to be a performer.
Pet Peeve: I can’t deal with messy people. Otherwise I feel like I’d be cleaning up after them.
What kind of girls are you into?
Someone who has a good head on their shoulders, organized, knows what they want. Honestly just someone that can help me better myself, or a shoulder to lean on.
3 turn ons: Athleticism, smarts, and a girl that can dress. Not in any particular order.
3 turn offs: Rude mannerisms, no sense of humor, a girl that talks too much
Describe the perfect date:
A fancy dinner where we both dress up. Walking downtown or sight-seeing. Then maybe back home for movie and a drink over a light conversation.
Explain the worst date you’ve ever been on.
I don’t ever remember ever being on a date that could have the title worst date ever. The worst thing that had happened was that she had to leave early due to work.
Biggest Fear: Letting down those who look up to me.
Coke or Pepsi: Pepsi
Snickers or Kitkat: Snickers
Batman or Superman: Superman
Summer or Winter: Winter
Relationships or Hookups: Relationships
Curly or Straight Hair: Straight
Name: Aaron Steinberg
Major: Industrial and Systems Engineering
Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
Relationship Status: Single
Tell us three words that you would use to describe yourself:
Down to earth.
What do you look for in a girl?
Kind, smart, outgoing, and pretty.
Favorite past time(s):
Singing, writing songs, and playing guitar.
What’s your idea of a perfect date?
Concerts are always the best.
Biggest turn-off: Definitely chewing with your mouth open.
Favorite memory from your time at OSU: Mirror Lake jumps!
Dream job: Engineer for Nike.
Name: Jeremiah McLeod
Hometown: Asheville, N.C.
Relationship status: Taken
Favorite Coldstone/Yopo Flavor: Coffee
Favorite place to eat on Franklin: Pepper’s Pizza
Favorite TV series: Seinfeld
Favorite Musician/Band: Dave Matthews
Favorite Movie: Good Will Hunting
Favorite study spot on campus: On the quad is awesome when the weather’s nice. Davis is where I go if I need to get work done.
Motto to live by: Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you’ll be criticized anyway. You’ll be damned if you do, and damned if you don’t. –Eleanor Roosevelt.
It’s nice to know that there are so many intelligent people at UNC with such diverse backgrounds, who can balance both academics and time to have fun. I definitely like the aspect that (UNC) is different from other universities, because as strong as UNC is academically, you still see people out on the quad. To me, it is just as important to interact with other people as everything else is. It helps me get everything else done. I like to joke around. I like to take things lightly, but I recognize the imortance of getting stuff done too.
I would love to go to med school. I would like to do surgery in some aspect. Neurology would be nice if I can.
Name: Gabriel Rosenblum
Hometown: Tenafly, NJ
Majors: Double major in Econ and Business
Single or taken: Single
What are you involved in on campus?
Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and Brandeis Buddies (Waltham Group)
What do you think about Brandeis so far?
Academically and socially, I am really enjoying Brandeis. Looking forward to the next four years.
As a first year, what is one thing that you have on your bucket list to do next semester?
Get a band and perform at Chums. I don’t think this will be very difficult to accomplish.
What is something that people would be surprised to know about you?
I play 6 instruments.
What is one of your guilty pleasures?
Desperate Housewives, classic show.
If your life could have a theme song what would it be?
All I Do Is Win
If you were on a desert island what three things (or people) would you bring?
My iPod, my dog (Nellie), and a lot of Butterfingers
What is your favorite movie or TV show?
If you could be any superhero, who would it be and why?
Superman, so I could fly around and travel and world.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Play guitar, hang out with friends, and go to the gym
Name: Kevin Guy
Major: Psychology & Deaf Studies
Hometown: Germantown, MD
Relationship Status: Taken
Favorite Place To Eat On Campus: Susq
What You Like To Do For Fun: I love to hang out with my friends and family, longboard, play lacrosse, and make art.
Hidden/ Special Talents: I play the Piano, Guitar, and Uke.
Interesting Fact: I lived in Kazakhstan for a summer working at a summer camp for orphans.
Favorite Movie: Hunger Games
Favorite Genre of Music: I love all types of music
Name: Jared Cunningham
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Major: Foreign Affairs
Activities around grounds: Racquetball at Slaughter; looking at construction; basketball at AFC with people who are way taller than I am; sitting out on the lawn with a guitar and a puppy to get attention; and hitting on the O’Hill card-swiping girl, Hajer.
Proudest moment: I won the Pinewood Derby in cub scouts when I was 9, and then sometime later in life a band that I play in called Sing Me Insomnia put out a record that sold a bunch of copies, and charted on Billboard the week of its debut. That was cool, but I’m kind of calloused, because nothing beats winning the Pinewood Derby in cub scouts.
Idea of a perfect date: I get to your apartment at 7:58pm to pick you up. I know I said I’d be there at 8, but I was too excited to wait those last 2 minutes. I sit in the car until 8:01 so you don’t think I’m some type of over-eager weirdo. I walk up to the door with flowers in hand. I’m wearing a belt AND suspenders, because safety first. I have no regrets about the amount of Hollister cologne I’ve applied. You open the door. Your hair looks nice, so I say that it does. You say thank you, and ask if I want to smell it. I say no thanks, but you insist, so I do – strawberry mango. You ask what the plan is, I tell you that we’ll be having dinner at Runk, and then go back to my place to catch up on a few episodes of How I Met Your Mother that I missed. These aren’t my actual plans, but I want to underwhelm you so that you can’t be disappointed. I surprise you by taking you to Qdoba. “They have great guacamole,” I say. “I don’t like avocado,” you say. We put our differences aside. I make one too many jokes about you spilling queso on your blouse, but that’s fine, because you’re “saving it for later”. Classic. We step out of Qdoba after we have finished eating. That’s when you see it. Hot air balloon with your name on it. We get in, and soar into the clouds. You ask why I have brought you up here. I tell you that it’s too loud down on the ground; I want to listen to you – really listen good and well to everything you have to say. I
love listening to women talk. Cosmo told me girls like that. We talk about our dreams, and how we both call our Grandmas “Nana”. Such a cute coincidence. I tell you that I wrote a song about the first time I saw you. It’s cute and not creepy, so I play it for you on my acoustic guitar, and sing a couple lines about how much I appreciated that you weren’t wearing uggs. The song makes you giggle a bit, and, after it’s over, you lean in to kiss me. I turn and let you kiss me on the cheek – I don’t want to move too fast. “Maybe after a couple more glasses of the champagne I have provided,” I say. That did the trick. The hot air balloon lands right outside of your apartment, and the landlord is furious. We don’t care, our love is real. As you walk back towards your door, I tell you that I hope that you are free on Thursday, because I want to take you to SPCA so we can play with puppies. “I’ll be there”, you say softly, biting your lip to try to keep the wide smile accumulating on your face from seeping through. I go back home to my roommates, and they ask what we did on our date. “We went to Runk”, I say. I’m not one to kiss and tell. Can’t wait until Thursday. That, or bowling. There’s a good bowling spot on 29 down near iHop.
If I could date any Disney princess it would be: Mulan. She is independent, and doesn’t let her central goal become hunting down a Ken doll doppleganger prince. She cares about bringing honor to her family, and protecting her father. Also, the haircut scene is super hot. She’s really attractive for a drawing.
Most embarrassing moment: Aside from 2 minutes ago when multiple other people in the library asked me why I was writing a trashy romance novel as I described my perfect date, I’d have to say the time that I hit myself in the mouth with a baseball bat. It left my lips permanently a little bigger though, so I guess I have that instance to thank for that.
If I could be reborn as anyone it would be: One of my little brothers, because I am an awesome older brother.
Something people don’t know about me: I recently found a kitten, lost and dirty, on Wertland street. She crawled over to me, so I took her home, and now she lives with me. She’s about 5 months old, and her name is Charlie. I’m a dog person, but she is making a pretty solid case for liking kittens too.
My biggest inspiration: Muggsy Bogues. The man is 5’3″ and played in the NBA. He was also great in Space Jam.
One thing I can’t live without: I want to say music, but that’s cliché, so I’m going to say Lucky Charms.
I feel most attractive in my: senior year of high school
If I could give girls one piece of advice it would be: Don’t be afraid to laugh. Guys love feeling like they are making you enjoy yourself. Also, please stop posting duck-face pictures on Facebook. I get it, you can make yourself look like a duck, but you don’t see guys hitting on ducks.
Major: Computer Science and Engineering
Hometown: Garden Grove, CA
School Involvement: The Navigators, J-BEST
Relationship Status: Single
Nationality: I’m Irish, French Canadian, Scottish, German, Czechoslovakian, Hungarian, and part Cherokee Indian.
Favorite Food: Mexican, Italian, “My mom’s chicken chili”
Favorite Musicians: Glen Hansard, Dream Theater, Explosions in the Sky. “I like all music, but I struggle listening to death metal and really country music.”
Hobbies: Music—“I enjoy playing guitar and piano.”
What do you think of UC Irvine?
It’s definitely the opposite of what I thought it was going to be… I think we have a lot of cool professors and opportunities.
Do you have any siblings?
I have three brothers.
Are you a cat person or a dog person?
I’m totally a dog person.
Where is your favorite place to travel?
I really like Japan. The culture over there is all about community rather than America where it’s very individualistic. One time I went to a train station in Japan and this man was trying to ask me if I needed help with my ticket. He didn’t even speak English and he was trying to help me!
What do you look for in a girl?
Someone who’s willing to teach and be taught, a dynamic where you have a solid foundation and you’re both able to learn new things from each other. When you come into the relationship, the other person should be able to make you stronger.
What do you want to do after graduation?
I would like to work at Google or Apple, that’d be really cool. Or be a teacher, I really like teaching. Or maybe take a break and go overseas to do relief work.
Relationship Status: He’s single, ladies!
Major: Biological Sciences
Hometown: Diamond Bar, CA
Campus Involvement: Right now I am just focusing on school, but I might rush for a frat next year!
On my free time, I love to play the guitar and make YouTube covers. Playing guitar is awesome because it is such a fun instrument to play and a great way to express my emotions. Plus, girls dig guys who play the guitar!
How long have you been playing guitar?
I’ve been playing guitar since sophomore year of high school when I got it for a Christmas gift. When I was bored, I would pick up the guitar and start learning popular songs from YouTube. I saw learning guitar as a fun challenge and it’s stuck with me since.
So I heard you have a YouTube channel. What was your inspiration for making one?
I decided to upload covers on my regular YouTube channel so that I could share with others what I like to do in my free time. I thought uploading videos would be a great way to pursue my passion, as well as to gather some feedback about my music.
Current song on repeat:
If you were to serenade a girl, which song would you choose?
I would choose the song Just the Way You Are by Bruno Mars. I believe every girl deserves to feel special and I think this song would put a smile on any girl’s face.
What do you look for in a girl?
What I really look for in a girl is personality. I love a girl who is able to take a joke or keep up with a conversation. I also think it’s pretty cute when a girl can sing so that we can have jam sessions together.
What is your idea of the perfect date?
I think it would be really cool to cook dinner with her and then end the night by cuddling and watching a funny movie together.
What is your biggest turn off?
I really hate it when girls are rude and inconsiderate. No one’s perfect and to be judgmental of others really turns me off.
Do you have a favorite memory of your 1st year?
My favorite memory is just hanging out with all my new friends in my hall and staying up late doing stupid things with them.
Plans for after college?
My goal is to go to med school, but if that doesn’t work out I’ll probably pursue something in health. I would also like to learn how surf and someday move to New York.
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
School/major: Double Major in Finance and Accounting
My grandparents took me to the symphony a lot when I was little and when I turned five, I started piano lessons. Then at age 12, I learned to play guitar and trumpet, and my senior year in high school I played euphonium. Music has always been a huge part of my life.
Did you always want to be a DJ?
I never really thought about it until high school when I got into electronic music. I saw Basshunter and Steve Aoki perform in Milwaukee and I was curious about the process, so I got some turntables and practiced until I got the hang of it.
Who do you look up to most in the music industry?
Madeon, Big Gigantic, Pretty Lights, Dillon Francis, RL Grime, Minnesota, Flosstradamus, and Milkman are all up there.
Where have you performed?
My first few events were graduations and house parties back home last summer. In Madison, I’ve performed at several Witte Hall events, a fundraiser at Union South, and a bunch of parties at Sigma Chi fraternity. Also, this past summer, I played every weekend at Rookie’s Sports Bar & Grill in Okauchee, Wisconsin.
What are your goals for the future with music?
In the short term, I plan to spend more of my spare time producing and promoting my music. Beyond that, I want to find a consistent DJ job in Madison by the summer. I need an excuse to stay in town, and I would basically be getting paid to do what I love.
How about long-term goals?
I have no idea. If I ever have a big enough fan base I would love to just DJ for the rest of my life, but realistically I see it as more of a hobby.
What’s your DJ name? How did you come up with it?
DJ Britt. I wanted to keep it simple.
Explain the process of creating mixed versions of songs. How long does it take?
For mashups, I isolate parts of songs in the same key and I figure out which sounds combine well through trial and error. Then I match the tempos and record the sounds over each other in layers. The more layers I want to use, the more time it takes. For mixes, like the one I made for Halloween, I take a group of similar songs and try to transition between them smoothly. With mixes, the focus is more on song choice, transitions, and effects.
How do you make sure the songs flow together?
I adjust the tempo and sometimes the pitch of the upcoming song. That’s what DJs are doing when their headphones are on – they’re listening to the next song and adjusting it to match the song playing.
Where can people access your music?
Would you like a guy to serenade you? Do you need a guy to make you laugh? Well, then maybe it’s about time you met this campus cutie! Yehonatan is a freshman from New York City, an economics major, an athlete, and single! If you want to know if you’re his type, read his answers to some of the questions below!
What would you say is the most interesting thing about you?
I sleep talk. I keep the ladies entertained all night with personal stories only my subconscious would let slip. Also, I have never eaten a peanutbutter and jelly sandwich. (Editor’s Note: This campus cutie needs to meet campus cutie, Eva ’14!)
What is the hottest thing a girl does?
Pretend to laugh at my jokes.
What is the nicest thing you have ever done for someone?
I rescued a baby from a tree.
What is something you cannot stand?
When I order something in a restaurant and someone else at the table orders the same thing. What excuse do I have to eat their food too if we have the same meal?
Do you have any hidden talents?
Serenading the ladies on the guitar.
What’s your “type”?
Whether you’ve seen him tearing down the house at Chasers or bringing the beats at nightclubs all across Chicago, Ian Ross is the man with the music. His interest in music started at a young age and he’s now turned that interest into a career. We caught up with DJ Ian Ross to find out more about how he first got into DJing and where we can catch him next.
When did you start DJing and how did you become interested in it?
Like a lot of other DJs, I started out collecting albums and CDs because I love music. It turned into a hobby of mine when I started playing music for friends and parties and everyone seemed to enjoy my music, then I branched out of that. I started getting booked at private parties and eventually the local clubs. It’s been a big movement the past few years in my life and I really love music. Just this past year I began writing and producing my own remixes and music. I really owe a big thanks to DJ Shi (Kerry) & DJ Dirtywork (Norberto), who were resident DJ’s at Chasers, for helping me get started and teaching me the fundamentals of being a DJ.
What is your usual process when creating a new song?
Usually I spend a good amount of time thinking and putting together ideas in my head until I have a pretty solid a vision of what I want to do with the song or remix. Then I create the track using Logic Pro, along with a few other programs. It takes a lot of time and effort to produce music, but the final product is always a rewarding feeling.
What is your favorite part about DJing?
Everything. I enjoy sharing the music I love with everyone. I love traveling all over to play at some unbelievable events and parties. It’s an awesome feeling to be able to control the energy in the building based on my music. I also get to meet a lot of amazing people through different shows and events.
What is the hardest part of DJing?
Not everyone is going to be a fan of my music but I always try to please the crowd with my personal style. Besides that, I don’t get much sleep between my DJing events so I am pretty tired. Along with pursuing my masters degree, it gets to be very exhausting but it’s worth it.
Do you remember the first DJ gig you ever had?
The first real gig I ever had was Thursday at Chasers featuring throwback hip hop tracks and dance music. I actually really miss doing those, throwback jams are the best! I’m really thankful I was chosen to be a resident at Chasers, its by far the best dance club to be at every weekend at ISU.
Who are your musical inspirations?
My dad is the reason I became involved in music to begin with, ever since I was young he has supported me and taught me a lot. He was a well-known musician around the Detroit music scene during the classic rock era and he played lead guitar for Bob Segar. Because of that I grew up with a deep appreciation for the fundamentals which create the music that is so appreciated in today’s bar scene.
Do you have any DJ’s you look up to?
The list could go on and on about who I follow and who inspires me; but I look up to a few specific DJ’s all for different reasons based on their producing talent, creativity, mixing & DJ abilities, as well as attitudes and personalities that are fun and humorous. Some of these artists are Prok & Fitch, Tony Arzadon, A-Trak, Dada Life, Dave Silcox, Stefano Noferini, Carl Cox, & TJR. I also love Johnny Mac for his ability to produce some very talented mashups & bootlegs.
What are your top five favorite songs at the moment to play when you DJ?
My top five songs to play currently, in no particular ranked order:
1: Ode to Oi – TJR
2: Scream & Shout – Will.I.Am Ft. Brittany Spears
3: Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia (David Silcox Remix)
4: Zumba Socks – Abel the Kid & Keylanders
5: Internet Friends – Knife Party (heRobust’s Run Da Trap Remix)
Do you have any other hobbies besides DJing?
I play guitar, which has been a hobby of mine since I was young. Outside of music, I really love spending time with friends and family.
Celebrity crush: Sandra Bullock.
Where’s the next place we can come see you DJ?
I DJ weekly at Chasers bar in downtown Bloomington as well as all over Chicago. I’ll be at Proof nightclub December 22 with the United2Nite & House Music Saved My Life crew. I’ll also be DJing with Milk & Cookies, along with a really good group of other DJ’s, for New Years Eve at the Spotlight event in Chicago.
Name: Brady Murphy
Major: Public Health, Education
Relationship Status: Single
Favorite Quote: “Pain heals, chicks dig scars, glory lasts forever.” – Keanu Reeves
Favorite Place on Campus: Rec Center
Dream Job: Host of NFL RedZone
What “type” of girl do you usually go for: Rachel McAdams
Movie you could watch over and over: Good Will Hunting…The Notebook
Best UMass Memory: 11th Floor JA
Most overplayed song on your iPod: Backstreet Freestyle
Any hidden talents: Guitar