|Freshmen and faculty agree: Classics are ageless
RELEASED: Sept. 9, 2004
DANVILLE, KYWith the arrival of the new freshman classmost born in 1985 and 1986it might seem to the previous generations (aka the faculty and staff) that the interests of young people are far from their own. However, after speaking with a few Centre students and faculty members, certain books and movies seem to be timeless and enjoyed by all. Andin this unscientific pollseveral presidents made multiple appearances on the lists.
Christine Barton, professor of biology
Favorite TV shows Upstairs, Downstairs; Smothers Brothers; the Lou Grant Show
Favorite books The Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver; Of Moths and Men by Judith Hopper; Cod by Mark Kurlansky
Favorite movies Dr. Zhivago; Bonnie and Clyde; Schindler's List
Favorite U.S. Presidents Thomas Jefferson; Abraham Lincoln; Franklin D. Roosevelt; "and my fourth choice would be Calvin Coolidge since he is a fellow Vermonter! "
Hank Lewis, visiting assistant professor of English
Favorite TV shows Charlie Rose; Chapelle Show; GolTV (a soccer channel)
Favorite books Elbow Room by James Alan McPherson; Dubliners by James Joyce; The Collected Stories of Zora Neale Hurston
Favorite movies Do the Right Thing; Blow Up; Touch of Evil
Favorite U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln; Thomas Jefferson; Bill Clinton
Mohua Das, assistant professor of economics
Favorite TV shows West Wing; 60 Minutes; BBC World News on KET
Favorite books Funny Boy by Shyam Selvadurai; God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy; Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Favorite movies Godfather I; Rashomon; La Dolce Vita
Favorite U.S. Presidents Abraham Lincoln; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Jimmy Carter
Molly Reynolds '08 of Brentwood, Tenn.
Favorite TV shows Friends, Wonder Years, Fawlty Towers (British comedy)
Favorite movies Almost Famous, Amelie (French movie), Apocalypse Now
Favorite books American Works of Poetry; A Room of One's Own by Virginia Wolfe; Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
Favorite U.S. Presidents John F. Kennedy; Abraham Lincoln; Bill Clinton
Brad Ison '08 of Hopkinsville, Ky.
Favorite TV shows Saturday Night Live; Comedy Central Presents; Adult Swim (cartoon)
Favorite movies Monty Python and the Holy Grail; Young Frankenstein; The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King
Favorite books The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien; Gone for Soldiers by Jeff Shaara; Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan
Favorite U.S. Presidents George Washington; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Theodore Roosevelt
Andrew Burtman '08 of Winter Haven, Fla.
Favorite TV shows The Daily Show; Family Guy; The Simpsons
Favorite movies The Sting; Ocean's 11; Cast Away
Favorite books Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle; Moby Dick by Herman Melville; Time Travel by H.G. Wells
Favorite U.S. Presidents James Madison; Franklin D. Roosevelt; Abraham Lincoln
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