Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff: Stephanie King

Our last staff member to participate in this riveting series is Stephanie King, who feels awkward writing this about herself so she’s just going to stop now:

  1. What’s your role in Bricolage?
    • Managing Editor
  2. You’re on the Ave and suddenly become ravenously hungry. Where do you go to eat?
    • EJ Burger, Chipotle, Aladdin’s (on 42nd, the other one is inferior), or Earl’s. Off-Ave mentions go to Full Tilt and Amazing Thai Cuisine.
  3. What are you currently binge-watching?
    • This strange combination of “The West Wing,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and “Game of Thrones.” My life is a little chaotic right now.
  4. What’s one of your favorite pieces of prose?
    • “A Temporary Matter” by Jhump Lahiri
  5. What’s one of your favorite pieces of poetry?
    • Catullus 101
  6. What’s one of your favorite pieces of art?
    • “The Rape of the Sabine Women” is a sculpture by Giambologna and it is incredible, you see something different at every angle.
  7. Batman or Superman?
    • False, Aquaman.
  8. You have to model your house after a building on the UW campus. Which one would you pick?
    • Denny! It’s just so stately when you walk up to it from the quad.
  9. What’s the best musical act you’ve seen live?
    • Arturo Sandoval at Jazz Alley, or Muse, who I’ve seen live three times and have been incredible each time.
  10. Why did you decide come to the UW?
    • I liked the idea of going to a big school with big resources but with a lot of ways to find niche areas to get involved with.
  11. Would you rather skydive or bungee-jump?
    • I’ve already skydived (skydove?), so I guess the bungee is next!
  12. What’s been your favorite experience with Bricolage?
    • Every time we get the year’s journal is a pretty exhilarating feeling. Shameless plug, come to our Issue 33 Release Party on May 27th to share that feeling with us!
  13. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
    • Avengers: Age of Flannel
  14. Are you a sports fan and do you follow any teams?
    • Being in marching band has forced me to understand sports, so now I’ll support any UW team because I’ve seen firsthand how hard they work while being full-time students.
  15. Where’s your favorite place to study?
    • First floor of Allen, all the way in the back by the books on fish diseases.
  16. Besides Bricolage, what else are you involved in?
    • I play trumpet in the Husky Marching Band and copy edit at The Daily.
  17. Pick five songs that would be included on the soundtrack of your life.
    • Ughhhh I wrote this question and am now totally regretting it. Okay.
      • Unsquare Dance by Dave Brubeck
      • String Quartet in G minor, Op. 10, Andantino by Claude Debussy
      • Bedroom Hymns by Florence + The Machine
      • Cool by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim (from West Side Story)
      • Panic Station by Muse
  18. Cake, cookies, or brownies?
    • Wait, why haven’t we combined all three yet?!
  19. Do you like scary movies?
    • NOOOOOPE.
  20. Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen?
    • No but I’m just waiting…
  21. What are you majoring in?
    • English and Classical Studies.
  22. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
    • A direwolf, a perma-tiger cub, a hawk, and a narwhal.
  23. Coffee or tea?
    • Tea forever.
  24. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    • Night for sure. I only see the sunrise when I haven’t gone to bed the night before.
  25. What have you learned from being a Bricolage staff member?
    • Learn to value and work with the people who think differently than you. Only commit to something if you can actually do it. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, and always offer help when you can. People will come if there is food.
  26. What’s the first thing you check when you go online?
    • Email, and then second email.
  27. You can travel anywhere for a year without having to worry about money. Where would you go?
    • I would travel to wherever they have perfected cryogenic freezing, freeze myself with specific instruction to only unfreeze myself when time travel has been invented, then spend my remaining money to time travel back to Rome circa 80 CE to be present for the opening of the Flavian Amphitheater (better known as the Colosseum) because then I can finally die happy and fulfilled.
  28. Are you afraid of clowns?
    • If they don’t bother me, I won’t bother them.
  29. What’s your go-to snack food?
    • Anything can be a snack if you just eat more food for your meal.
  30. Favorite class you’ve ever taken at UW?
    • Professor Stroups’ “War Games” class! It’s where I discovered my obsession with gladiators.
  31. Who always makes you laugh?
    • My housemates. I live with seven other trumpet players and they are the weirdest bunch of people but they never fail to make me laugh ❤
  32. Advice you wish you had received as a freshman?
    • Take some time to get acquainted with culture that wasn’t produced by white men. Also, if you actually want to be good at something (like trumpet or Latin), you’re going to have to practice. Finally, just take a deep breath. It will be okay.
  33. Plans for after you graduate?
    • I’m going to graduate school at the University College London to get a Master’s in Publishing. Both of those things sound fake, but I’m pretty sure they’re real.

Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff: Jocelyn Beausire

Another staff member that will be coming back next year is Jocelyn, who can sing opera, design buildings, and make a budget all at the same time (probably, she’s that cool):

  1. What’s your role in Bricolage?
  • Development Officer
  1. You’re on the Ave and suddenly become ravenously hungry. Where do you go to eat?
  • EJ burgers, if I have the energy to hike that far up the Ave. Or, if it’s open, I’ll go to Morsel.
  1. What are you currently binge-watching?
  • Mad men because John Hamm. The sixties makes me swoon, and although there’s so much drama, the action never feels contrived (except for maybe the tractor-foot incident). I also just caught up with Girls and Broad City, and I’ll occasionally binge on Bob’s Burgers because Tina speaks so much truth.
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of prose?
  • I honestly really like The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls. Also some of Ray Bradbury’s gory, surreal short stories.
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of poetry?
  • This is also really difficult. I really like Gwendolyn Brooks and Sylvia Plath and E.E. Cummings. But I’m very open.
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of art?
  • Cindy Sherman’s Untitled #479. I just like how she uses herself as a medium of expression, and I like how her work is kind of ugly and kitschy but it’s also saying something, loudly.
  1. Batman or Superman?
  • It’s probably not the most popular opinion, but I kind of like the limitless quality of his power and he’s technically an alien and that’s kind of hot.
  1. You have to model your house after a building on the UW campus. Which one would you pick?
  • Ha, but actually…probably Gould, even though it would be kind of enormous for a private home.
  1. What’s the best musical act you’ve seen live?
  • I think the first concert I ever went to, which was Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. I was way too young to appreciate it, but it was awesome nonetheless. Also when I was studying abroad in Italy last summer, I saw the opera “Armida” by Rossini in the opera house in Pesaro where he originally composed it almost 200 years ago.
  1. Why did you decide come to the UW?
  • I’ve always been attracted to the Pacific Northwest, and the mix of urban culture and the outdoors. I also was accepted to the voice program and the honors program, and after being landlocked my whole life I was looking forward to living on the coast.
  1. Would you rather skydive or bungee-jump?
  • Bungee jump. I just heard an NPR story about a man who went skydiving and ended up hurtling to his death in a field like a human asteroid.
  1. What’s been your favorite experience with Bricolage?
  • I think attending the open mics, and hearing what everyone has to say. It’s so cozy and supportive, and it’s always really neat when people present their art in new or unexpected ways.
  1. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
  • Woman in Gold, as a last minute decision. It was a little slow and taught me that Helen Mirren shouldn’t attempt an Austrian accent.
  1. Are you a sports fan and do you follow any teams?
  • Not really, although I occasionally watch soccer. Also I grew up in Wisconsin so I do own a cheesehead and a cheese-tie.
  1. Where’s your favorite place to study?
  • If I’m alone, Ugly Mug because independent studiers flock there for some reason, and they have THE BEST dark chocolate mocha. Or, if I’m with a group I’ll head to either Café on the Ave or Odegaard.
  1. Besides Bricolage, what else are you involved in?
  • I was in the chorus of an opera – Magic Flute with Pacific Musicworks – and also I’m in Chamber Singers choir. I also work at the music library.
  1. Pick five songs that would be included on the soundtrack of your life.
  • Cat Power – Sea of Love
  • Bob Dylan – One Too Many Mornings
  • Bon Iver – Holocene
  • Gene Wilder – Pure Imagination
  • Alex Turner – Piledriver Walt
  1. Cake, cookies, or brownies?
  • Cake, either lemon or German chocolate.
  1. Do you like scary movies?
  1. Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen?
  • Not yet
  1. What are you majoring in?
  • I’m double majoring in Architecture Design and Music with an emphasis in Vocal Performance.
  1. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
  • I don’t know, assuming it likes being domesticated, I would definitely choose a gorilla. They are my favorite animals and it would be like a best friend and a pet rolled into one, and they don’t take shit from anyone.
  1. Coffee or tea?
  • Coffee
  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • Honestly whatever gets me the most sleep.
  1. What have you learned from being a Bricolage staff member?
  • I have learned that, honestly, even people you would think have everything together don’t. We are all just fallible humans. Also I learned that opportunities often open up if you aren’t afraid to be assertive and ask for what you want.
  1. What’s the first thing you check when you go online?
  • I don’t want to say Facebook, but it’s the truth. My fingers just type it in before I know what’s happening. I usually exit out of it within a few seconds.
  1. You can travel anywhere for a year without having to worry about money. Where would you go?
  • I’m curious about a lot of countries – Nepal, Mongolia, Djibouti, Turkey, Czech Republic, Chile. My family is from New Zealand, and I absolutely love it there, but I would love to go even further afield and experience real foreignness and unfamiliarity. I also want to eat a lot of weird things.
  1. Are you afraid of clowns?
  • Yes especially the sad ones because they seem even more unstable.
  1. What’s your go-to snack food?
  • Raisins and walnuts, mixed.
  1. Favorite class you’ve ever taken at UW?
  • This is difficult. I took Geography of Global Poverty and Care last winter with Professor Vicky Lawson and it was absolutely life-changing. It made me reevaluate the way I look at the people around me, and the structure of my society. I have been carrying lessons from that class with me ever since.
  1. Who always makes you laugh?
  • My best friend Claire, who I’ve known since fourth grade. She just gets it. Also my brother, who is just ridiculous. As far as famous people go, Rachel Dratch, Hannibal Burress, Tracy Jordan, Kristin Wiig, Bill Hader as Stefan.
  1. Advice you wish you had received as a freshman?
  • Don’t do what everyone else does. Also don’t restrict yourself to on-campus dining.
  1. Plans for after you graduate?
  • Um…graduate school, New York City, and owning a greyhound.

Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff: Alison Fiorenza

Today we’re getting to know the lovely Alison Fiorenza, the Open Mic Equipment Queen and an all-around awesome person.

 

  1. What’s your role in Bricolage?
  • Prose editor!
  1. You’re on the Ave and suddenly become ravenously hungry. Where do you go to eat?
  • 7-11, where the slurpee never disappoints.
  1. What are you currently binge-watching?
  • Bloodline, because Coach Taylor
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of prose?
  • “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings” by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of poetry?
  • Anything by Shel Silverstein
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of art?
  • Ok, so revealing/embarrassing moment here: I really like fairies, and one of my favorite fairy paintings is called “Spirit of the Night” by John Atkinson Grimshaw
  1. Batman or Superman?
  • Christian Bale
  1. You have to model your house after a building on the UW campus. Which one would you pick?
  • I’ve always loved Parrington!
  1. What’s the best musical act you’ve seen live?
  • It’s a tie between The Flaming Lips (because it was the weirdest concert I’ve seen) and Muse (pre-2009)
  1. Why did you decide come to the UW?
  • Routine answer: Seattle
  1. Would you rather skydive or bungee-jump?
  • I’m terrified of heights, so neither…
  1. What’s been your favorite experience with Bricolage?
  • Meeting so many great people in the creative community at the UW
  1. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
  • Cinderelly
  1. Are you a sports fan and do you follow any teams?
  • If you count ogling foreign soccer players, then yes
  1. Where’s your favorite place to study?
  • My room, because I’m antisocial
  1. Besides Bricolage, what else are you involved in?
  • Work! At the humanities center on campus
  1. Pick five songs that would be included on the soundtrack of your life.
  • This is the hardest question off this list, btw. And I went with the interpretation of what songs remind me of important/key memories in my life thus far: “Magnolia,” The Gourds. “Pata Pata,” Miriam Makeba. “Cuckoo,” Lissie. “Put Your Records On,” Corinne Bailey Rae. Gotta be cheesy with this one… “Brown Eyed Girl,” Van Morisson.
  1. Cake, cookies, or brownies?
  • Brownies, easy
  1. Do you like scary movies?
  • Yes and no. The watching-experience can be fun when I’m with a group of friends, but the not-being-able-to-sleep experience that occurs afterwards sucks
  1. Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen?
  • Actually, no! Knock on wood
  1. What are you majoring in?
  • English and communication
  1. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
  • Red pandas are the cutest animals alive, so probably one of them
  1. Coffee or tea?
  • Meh, not a fan of either. But if I had to choose, tea is infinitely better than coffee
  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • With all the naps I take during the day, night owl for sure
  1. What have you learned from being a Bricolage staff member?
  • Timely, efficient, and friendly communication makes everyone happier
  1. What’s the first thing you check when you go online?
  • I wish I could be cool and say something like the BBC or the NYTimes, but I am uncultured so Facebook always
  1. You can travel anywhere for a year without having to worry about money. Where would you go?
  • Everywhere!! Besides South America! I don’t need to go there
  1. Are you afraid of clowns?
  • If Juggalo’s count, then HELL YES
  1. What’s your go-to snack food?
  • Cereal
  1. Favorite class you’ve ever taken at UW?
  • A pop culture-themed English class on speculative communities. I still think about some of the ideas we discussed, mainly cloning. Its implications are pretty intense
  1. Who always makes you laugh?
  • Michael Scott, whose frequent words of wisdom I would be lost without. “Don’t ever, for any reason, do anything to anyone, for any reason, ever, no matter what. No matter…where. Or who, or who you are with, or where you are going, or… or where you’ve been… ever. For any reason, whatsoever.” Word
  1. Advice you wish you had received as a freshman?
  • Don’t feel bad about slacking on schoolwork as a freshman, it’s more important in the long run to focus on meeting and making the friends you’ll have the rest of your time in college
  1. Plans for after you graduate?
  • FREEDOM, and then *fingers crossed* some kind of PR work after a much needed summer break

Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff: Erin Hoffman

Today we’re getting to know Erin Hoffman, who is a Brico-celebrity for her fantastic stories about working life and the perils of basing your knowledge of love off of Harry Potter fanfiction.

  1. What’s your role in Bricolage?
  • Community Involvement Officer
  1. You’re on the Ave and suddenly become ravenously hungry. Where do you go to eat?
  • The nearest place that serves onion rings.
  1. What are you currently binge-watching?
  • Cali Kopzcick’s Facebook profile.
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of prose?
  • I just read Sharp Objects, and now I’m equally in love with and terrified of Gillian Flynn.
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of poetry?
  • “At Last” by Erin Belieu
  1. What’s one of your favorite pieces of art?
  • I’m not very artsy, unfortunately, but I saw Ann Hamilton’s “Common SENSE” exhibit at The Henry last month and I thought it had a lot of interesting things to say about inspiration and creativity.
  1. Batman or Superman?
  • Cali Kopzcick.
  1. You have to model your house after a building on the UW campus. Which one would you pick?
  • Padelford: It’s impossible to navigate and might be asbestos-ridden.
  1. What’s the best musical act you’ve seen live?
  • One Direction. I made eye contact with Zayn. We had a moment.
  1. Why did you decide come to the UW?
  • It was the most practical, inexpensive option, and luckily I fell in love with the English department, which had lots of opportunities to get involved.
  1. Would you rather skydive or bungee-jump?
  • Skydiveeeeeeeeeeeeeee.
  1. What’s been your favorite experience with Bricolage?
  • The Issue 32 release party was loads of fun! It was so great to meet all our amazing contributors and hear them perform and present the pieces that made up the journal. Also, there was cake.
  1. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
  • “Furious 7,” or as I like to call it, “Homoeroticism and Explosions 7.”
  1. Are you a sports fan and do you follow any teams?
  • REDACTED
  1. Where’s your favorite place to study?
  • Odegaard. The color orange inspires me.
  1. Besides Bricolage, what else are you involved in?
  • Outside of Bricolage, I’m the co-copy chief of The Daily and an unpaid intern at a foreign rights literary agency.
  1. Pick five songs that would be included on the soundtrack of your life.
  • “The Only Exception” by Paramore, five times.
  1. Cake, cookies, or brownies?
  • All of them, all at once.
  1. Do you like scary movies?
  • NO.
  1. Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen?
  • I recently broke my foot by tripping on a curb. It was all very exciting.
  1. What are you majoring in?
  • Double majoring in creative writing and stress eating.
  1. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
  • Caaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat.
  1. Coffee or tea?
  • Coffee!
  1. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
  • I don’t sleep. I wait.
  1. What have you learned from being a Bricolage staff member?
  • I’ve learned a lot about the importance of creating a community around the things you love. Throughout the past two years, I’ve realized the importance of reaching out to people and getting them involved, and I’ve expanded my own definitions of what good writing and good art are.
  1. What’s the first thing you check when you go online?
  • My email.
  1. You can travel anywhere for a year without having to worry about money. Where would you go?
  • I’d go to Greece, where my family is from, and spend a year there.
  1. Are you afraid of clowns?
  • Nawwww
  1. What’s your go-to snack food?
  • The flesh of people who don’t return my emails in a timely manner.
  1. Favorite class you’ve ever taken at UW?
  • Creative writing workshops!
  1. Who always makes you laugh?
  • A certain Poetry Editor with an affinity for sweets and Talking Heads.
  1. Advice you wish you had received as a freshman?
  • Stop trying to be pre-med. Seriously, just stop.
  1. Plans for after you graduate?
  • *Hysterical laughter*

Get to Know the Issue 33 Staff: Paulina Alvarado Serrano

In honor of Issue 33 going to print this week, it seems like an appropriate time to get to know Paulina, the person responsible for the amazing layout and design of this year’s journal.

  1. What’s your role in Bricolage?
    • I am the Design & Layout Editor!!!!!!!!!!
  2. You’re on the Ave and suddenly become ravenously hungry. Where do you go to eat?
    • Thaiger room or Pagliacci
  3. What are you currently binge-watching?
    • I am not currently binge watching anything but the last show I did binge watch was Arrested Development. I hopped on that one a lil late lol so funny!
  4. What’s one of your favorite pieces of prose?
    • The Giving Tree
  5. What’s one of your favorite pieces of poetry?
    • Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
  6. What’s one of your favorite pieces of art?
    • L’etang des Soeurs by Paul Cézanne
  7. Batman or Superman?
    • Superman! He is just so classic and he can do anything and has hobbies besides just being rich lol
  8. You have to model your house after a building on the UW campus. Which one would you pick?
    • Law library
  9. What’s the best musical act you’ve seen live?
    • SBTRKT or Rodrigo y Gabriela @ sasquatch… I wish we could use emojis in this questionnaire
  10. Why did you decide come to the UW?
    • Well I was recruited to row for UW and I wanted to stay close to home :–)
  11. Would you rather skydive or bungee-jump?
    • Skydive. I’m not too into the idea of ricochet-ing
  12. What’s been your favorite experience with Bricolage?
    • Open Mic nights! I wish I could have been present for Erin’s rants though haha … also designing issue 33 ** heart-eyed emoji **
  13. What was the last movie you saw in theaters?
    • The Fast & Furious 7 lol not my kind of movie but I definitely shed a couple tears at the end
  14. Are you a sports fan and do you follow any teams?
    • I love futbol! I follow Cristiano Ronaldo and have since the 7th grade ❤
  15. Where’s your favorite place to study?
    • Zoka
  16. Besides Bricolage, what else are you involved in?
    • frickin Rainy Dawg Radio <3<3<3 What a fam. I also have done stuff for Grey Matters Journal, which is the Neuroscience magazine at UW.
  17. Pick five songs that would be included on the soundtrack of your life.
    • This is literally the hardest question evarrrr but Autobiography by Ashley Simpson (lol), Genesis by Grimes, Enter the ninja by die antwoord hehe they r so freaky, Californiacation by RHCP, && the way you move by outkast !!!!!
  18. Cake, cookies, or brownies?
    • All of the above haha
  19. Do you like scary movies?
    • Yes
  20. Have you ever broken a bone? How did it happen?
    • I broke my pinky playing soccer haha
  21. What are you majoring in?
    • Visual Arts and Art History with a minor in Architecture
  22. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would it be?
    • I would bring back Pongo from the dead
  23. Coffee or tea?
    • Coffee 🙂 or t’lattes 🙂
  24. Are you a morning person or a night owl?
    • I am a night owl but I appreciate an early morning 🙂
  25. What have you learned from being a Bricolage staff member?
    • I have learned that team work makes the dream work. Even if you wanted to do it all, the project can reach a higher caliber when the work is divided!
  26. What’s the first thing you check when you go online?
    • Instagram
  27. You can travel anywhere for a year without having to worry about money. Where would you go?
    • Spain, all over France, England, Japan, then I would end the trip in Tulum, Mexico.
  28. Are you afraid of clowns?
    • No not really unless they aren’t doing anything funny! Then I would be suspicious because that is their job!!!
  29. What’s your go-to snack food?
    • My go-to snack food is soy-sauce rice chips from trader joes… yuummmmmmmers
  30. Favorite class you’ve ever taken at UW?
    • Curt Labitzke’s Senior Studio!! That class was so fun
  31. Who always makes you laugh?
    • My father
  32. Advice you wish you had received as a freshman?
    • Take design pre-requisite classes during your freshman year, if not it’ll be too late!!!!!
  33. Plans for after you graduate?
    • Make dat Cash monayyyyyyyy $$$$$$