The Final Countdown: Some Brief Conference Week Interviews

The Esther Raushenbush Library is frightening year-round; home to unrecongizeable smells, mystery stains, and beanbag chairs of unknown origin. However, Conference Week (Weeks? Month?) is a special time for the library! For two months a year, at the end of every semester, it becomes ever so slightly less sinister. The smells? No longer unrecognizable, clearly the sweaty scent of fear. The stains? Invariably coffee. The beanbags? Who needs to know where they're from when they're comfortable enough to nap on. In order to honor the special time that is Conference, and the monstrous, Brutalist building in which it takes place, SLC Speaks decided to pester some of its populace with questions about what they've been agonizing over.

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Brian Guerin (Left), Sophomore

How long have you been in the library?
5 hours, not working.

What professor is this for?
Ellen Neskar.

What is your most unexpected source material?
Clips from Mulan.

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix or Youtube?
Probably a Chinese adaptation of A Folk Tale of Butterfly Love.

What has been your funniest, or most remarkable conference paper title?
"Exploring the Urban Frontier"? That is such an embarrassing question because I'm always embarrassed about the titles.

Lilah Dougherty (Right), Sophomore

How long have you been in the library?
2 hours, worked for 7.

What professor is this for?
Angela Ferraiolo.

What is your most unexpected source material?
LinkedIn.

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix or Youtube?
Portlandia, or maybe Broad City.

What has been your funniest, or most remarkable conference paper title?
"Mapping Freelance Production in the Greater New York City Area."

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Shireen, Junior

How long have you been in the library?
Since 2pm, so about 9 hours.

What professor is this for?
Maika Pollack.

What is your most unexpected source material?
An Ikea catalogue.

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix or Youtube?
Friends or Bridget Jones' Diary.

What has been your funniest, or most remarkable conference paper title?
"The New Subversive: Corporate Aesthetics."

Ellie Brumbaum, Sophomore

How long have you been in the library?
I don't know, I can't tell anymore.

What Professor is this for?
Marilyn Power.

What is your most unexpected source material?
I mean it's Econ, it's mostly journals. Jacobin?

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix or Youtube?
Man on Wire.

What has been your funniest, or most remarkable conference paper title?
"I Like Big Cuts and I Cannot Lie: Failures of Austerity Policy in Post-2009 Greece."

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Alice Amundsen, Senior

How long have you been in the library?
7:30pm, about 2 hours.

What professor is this for?
Tina Chang.

What is your most unexpected source material?
YouTube videos of the Little Swans Dance.

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?
The Wire.

What has been your funniest, or most remarkable conference paper title?
Honestly, I can't remember any of the titles.

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Mikey Burger, Senior

How long have you been in the library?
This is hour 8.

What professor is this for?
Glenn Dynner.

What is your most unexpected source material?
An essay about Albert Cohen and his mother, the only thing I've found on the subject written by a woman.

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix or Youtube?
The Season 2 gag reel of Hannibal, and the slow loris video.

What has been your funniest, or most remarkable conference paper title?
"The Transboy Looks: The Necessity of Humiliation to a Queer Selfhood."

In closing: we're all leaving together.

2 Comments

  • Reply May 14, 2015

    Rachel

    FYI Mikey Burger is a junior, not a senior.

  • Reply May 16, 2015

    Experiment 626

    Learn to use the correct its.

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