20 Questions with C60 hosts CJ Donald ’14 and Sophia Mahmood ’15
1. Year at Centre?
CJ: Junior, government major.
2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
CJ: Memphis, Tenn., a place for known for barbecue, blues and basketball.
Sophia: Elizabethtown, Ky., a small town only slightly less boring than the movie.
3. What are your hobbies?
CJ: When I am not in class or studying at my permanent seat in the J. David Grissom Reading Room, I enjoy playing pick-up basketball in Sutcliffe Hall, doing community service projects with my fraternity ΦΚΤ and contemplating the most efficient way to Run the Flame …
Sophia: Tae kwon do, scavenging eBay, tweeting, reading slam poetry, singing Beyoncé in my car …
4. What is your dream vacation?
CJ: I’ll have it this coming spring: three-plus months in Strasbourg, France, through the Centre-in-Strasbourg study abroad program. While it will be a working vacation, I will most definitely enjoy living and working in the ninth-largest metropolitan area in France.
Sophia: I’ve been dreaming of Rio nonstop lately.
5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
CJ: Rockwell’s “Murder in Mississippi.”
Sophia: My favorite artist is Shahzia Sikander. My favorite work of art is Nike of Samothrace.
6. Favorite novel or poem?
CJ: “Ulysses” by Lord Alfred Tennyson.
Sophia: “A Moment of Happiness” by Rumi.
7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
CJ: It’s a toss-up: basketball and baseball share an equal place in my heart.
Sophia: Prior to the summer Olympics, I was not aware of the awesomeness that is trampolining. I wish I were a trampolinist … trampoliner? Whatever.
8. Favorite TV show?
CJ: “How I Met Your Mother.” It’s a cult classic.
Sophia: “No Reservations,” “The Rachel Zoe Project” and also maybe “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.”
9. Favorite album?
CJ: “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis.
Sophia: Kanye West’s discography.
10. Favorite holiday?
CJ: Feb. 14. It’s my birthday.
Sophia: Eid Ul Fitr. After a month of fasting, eating lunch again is a magical experience.
11. Favorite food?
CJ: My mother’s chicken fried streak.
Sophia: Red velvet anything.
12. Most prized possession?
CJ: I have a teal and black Vancouver Grizzlies hat. The team was terrible, lost 359 games in six seasons and was relocated to Memphis in 2001. I found the hat in April of 2011, right before the Memphis Grizzlies won their first playoff game in franchise history.
Sophia: A gemstone painting of a peacock from the Singapore Gem Factory.
13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
CJ: Malcolm Little, James—the brother of Jesus—and my uncle, Kevin Davis.
Sophia: JFK, Lee Alexander McQueen and Tupac. Eventually I’d stop fangirling and then I’d have a million questions for them.
14. Favorite thing about hosting C60?
CJ: C60 is short and fun. We get the opportunity to shed some light on the many wonderful things that happen in the Centre community. I love being a Centre student and being able to publicize the accomplishments of my friends and professors is something that I take great pride and joy in.
Sophia: I love our crew so much. I always leave the set laughing.
15. Most memorable experience of your college experience (thus far)?
CJ: Well, we had a little event in Danville known as the Vice Presidential Debate. It was pretty important.
Sophia: Probably Ben Sollee singing an impromptu original song about me backstage at the VP debate festival.
16. What do you hope to do after graduating from Centre?
CJ: After graduation, my only real goal is to lead a happy, fruitful life. My professional goals are far less important than my life goal: helping people.
Sophia: The only definite answer I have for this question is to travel. They don’t tell you about the chronic wanderlust that comes with the Centre experience.
17. Educational experience that’s been most helpful to you?
CJ: As a first-year, I was a student in Dr. Kirchner’s Introduction to Humanities and Dr. Stroup’s American Politics & Institutions. Both courses taught me to think and forced me to realize the effort required to be successful at Centre.
Sophia: I can honestly say that the countless hours I spent participating in forensics and debate throughout high school made me the person I am today. I learned so much about the world and even more about myself during my time competing.
18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
CJ: Smash Adams, the James Bond-esque persona of Doug Funnie.
Sophia: Chihiro from “Spirited Away.”
19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
CJ: Lincoln statue. No contest.
Sophia: 2nd floor of Young. I have a thing for skylights.
20. Advice you’d give to a first-year student based on what you’ve learned at Centre so far?
CJ: The only advice that I can give anyone would be advice that I’ve taken from the Residence Life motto: Live, Learn, Grow.
Sophia: Don’t wear heels to the Hall Olympics, even if they are just wedges.