-Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., President of Loyola University New Orleans
When it came time to pick a university, I had the best. idea. ever. Why not go to college in New Orleans?
My fellow Honors students, largely out-of-staters like myself, spent much of our first weeks of school marveling at our brilliant idea. How did no one else think of this??? we'd exclaim, our mouths full of crusty Po Boys and bellies full of beer.
we are GENIUSES (thanks losanjealous)
I loved Loyola. I loved the people, the classes, the music, the food, the culture, and most of all, the city that provided the setting for my golden undergrad years. I left my heart in New Orleans that muggy May day in 2005 when I moved away for good.
One of my college buddies told me today I should check out an article in The Maroon, Loyola's school paper. While reading the story of ADG's mysterious removal from campus and Sig Ep's suspension for the fall semester, I typed my own name into the Archives search box to see what came up.
Oh, the treasures. OHHHHH the treasures! Four uniquely hilarious remnants of my undergrad days.
This article is a dual-pronged shoutout to me and my girl Abby Roberts. We were ballin pretty hard in 2005. Abby was a finalist for the Truman Fellowship, and I had just scored the big Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in Humanities. I was, as we liked to say, a mellow felon.
oh yes. that was a good look.
What on earth could be funny about a straight-ahead news story about scholarships?
What a f#$%in soundbite, huh?? Davina was the greatest mentor of all time, and if I found myself in need of someone to manage a nascent acting career I would be calling Davina first, but WHAT MADE ME SAY THIS TO A REPORTER? Out of the mouths of babes...
Why, yes! That IS my hideous hairdo in the photo that accompanies this article! Thank you for noticing!
Isn't it super meta of me to be using my blog to link to an article where I comment about the New and Mysterious Phenomenon of Weblogging? Katie-generated gems of wisdom include:
"It's a lot easier to be passive-aggressive and say inappropriate things on the Internet than to actually face reality. That goes along with the territory of blogging."
11/5/04: REACH OUT AND POKE SOMEBODY
Having already demonstrated my considerable expertise with social media, it is no surprise that the Maroon clamored to get my sage opinion when a new phenomenon called The Facebook swept campus by storm in 2004.
On the plus side, I did make a pretty spot-on prediction:
9/4/03: GET YOUR MONEY'S WORTH: GO TO CLASS by Katie Jones
My darling college roommate Joe worked for the Maroon, which somehow yielded my being asked to write an editorial.
The 2nd anniversary of 9/11 was a week away. Bush had just called the war in Iraq a "catastrophic success." I was living in the most vibrant, wonderful city basically on earth ever.
So what did I write my editorial about? Going to class.
You really just need to read the editorial. Look, here's the link again. I have wanted to reread this article for a long time, and I have to say it aged pretty well. I really enjoyed reading it lo these many years later. My dear friends will know that all of the hypothetical situations mentioned are taken basically verbatim from our freshman year.
Reading this editorial really took me back to those warm, spicy days. My wonderful friends and all the things I learned. The crawfish boils and the shotgun houses. The streetcar rides and sunrise nights. The shenanigans and the debauchery. I miss those days.
And that side ponytail I'm rockin in the photo? A catastrophic success.
What are your favorite remnants from your college days?