A look at the differing Charlottesville experiences
We all wear the blue and orange, wax lyrical about Thomas Jefferson and brag about the Rotunda. But beyond that, our Virginia experiences are vastly different. Our days take different shapes, we frequent different places — many of us never even cross paths. Looking at the lives of four people from various places around Grounds, it becomes clear how heterogeneous the lives of Charlottesville residents can be.
Air Force ROTC
Typical Tuesday: Classes, maybe a workout, Netflix and then I finally bring myself to do homework.
Favorite place to eat in Charlottesville: My favorite local place to eat is Lemongrass on the Corner. I never ate Thai food until I came to Charlottesville. I’m a picky eater so I consider trying something new an accomplishment.
Favorite piece of clothing: Probably my Aaron Rodgers jersey. My dad gave it to me and I’m a huge Cheesehead.
Things to do before graduation: Run the Charlottesville 10-Miler. No matter what time of day it is, someone is always running here. It’s hard not to want to be in shape around U.Va.
What building have you spent the most time in on Grounds? Probably the Chemistry Building and the Astronomy Building, because that’s where the Air Force ROTC detachment is.
Favorite U.Va. Memory: Touchdowns at Scott Stadium! Nothing beats the “Good Ol’ Song.”
University Basketball Team
Typical Tuesday: Wake up. Eat breakfast. Go to class. Eat lunch. Go to practice. Eat dinner. Go back to dorm. Do some homework. Go to bed.
Favorite TV show: I’m a little late to this show, but definitely “Entourage.”
Favorite class: ENWR with [English Lecturer Claire] Chantell. She’s the best!
Where can we find you on a Saturday night: Usually at the library doing my studies ;)
Summer plans: Summer school!
Favorite place to eat in Charlottesville: Cookout is my favorite because it’s cheap and the milkshakes are good.
Favorite U.Va. memory: Beating Duke at JPJ.
Larry J. Sabato
University Professor of Politics
Director of the Center for Politics
Typical Tuesday: Thanks to politics, there is no typical day. You never know what will happen, who will come by or what requests will be made. Election seasons are crazy. Sleep is a luxury. The Center for Politics and its Crystal Ball staff help enormously.
What building have you spent the most time in on Grounds? That’s easy — Pavilion IV, East Lawn. Every day I am grateful for the honor, even at 3 a.m. when awakened by streakers who do not know the proper etiquette for streaking is complete silence.
Summer plans: I will be putting the finishing touches on a new fall book, “The Kennedy Half-Century,” to be released around the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination. I’m [also] looking forward to a trip to London to deliver a televised lecture on the BBC. I want to see some of my first students, [who are now at] Oxford and — incredibly — in their mid-50s. I think it’s amusing that my lecture is scheduled for July 4. To me, this signifies all is forgiven.
Things you need: Phone, Blackberry, iPad and my assistant Tim Robinson for tech support.
Favorite place to eat in Charlottesville: I am a vegetarian, so that narrows the choices. Horse and Hound Gastropub caters to my finicky tastes.
Favorite piece of clothing: Oh, come on! Anything with orange and blue.
Typical Tuesday: I have no classes on Tuesday. I wake up at 11 a.m. and go to the library and then do some grocery shopping. I do homework in Newcomb and go to the LGBT Resource Center and socialize with people there. After that, I probably go to the basement of Old Cabell and play piano before I go home.
Three words to describe yourself: One would probably be musical. I’ll also throw bubbly in there. I want to put obnoxious in there too — I don’t really know why.
Summer plans: I’m just trying to apply for internships — hopefully with one of the members of Congress. I’ve also applied to internships with the Human Rights Campaign.
Favorite class: I really liked Larry Sabato’s Introduction to American Politics class. He knows how to make PLAP 1010 interesting and he keeps it entertaining.
Favorite U.Va. memory: Ah, there are so many it’s hard to pick just one. I think my favorite memory would have to be Drag Bingo.