Eighteen-year-old Mark is a new student at Olin. He has spent most of his life in his native Hawaii, but attended a technical high school in California. During his first year of college he is taking mostly the required intro courses (ICB’s etc.), but he was able to cross-register for an Asian Philosophy course at Wellesley. Mark favors mind-expanding activities; his hobbies include playing go, playing board games and puzzle games with the game club and flexing his culinary muscle with the cooking club. To really relax, he will often watch comedies in his floor lounge on weekends. As of yet, he has not assumed any leadership roles in student organizations, but he hopes to take on more responsibilities once he’s better organized and better adapted to Olin life.
Linux Larry is a dedicated Computer Science TA at Olin College that loves his job and loves the Olin community. He is very much into open source software, and is currently teaching a Co-Curricular activity in open-source software directed towards Linux users. He has very strong opinions, especially regarding computers, electronics, and programming, and gets rather openly upset at poorly programmed or incompatible software and GUIs. He is very much a gadget person, and owns a PDA, Blackberry, and Tablet PC in addition to his laptop computer. Time efficiency is critical to him. His schedule is very organized, available to anyone who wants to see it, and also linked to his phone and PDA. He depends on his gadgets to keep him up to date as to when things are happening, and does pretty much everything electronically; he hates to print. At home in his apartment, his desk and physical space arenít quite as organized as his schedule, but that doesnít bother him too much. He loves to play WoW and FPS games and can even sometimes be found joining Friendly Fire during one of their Friday night events. In addition to computers, he loves west coast swing dancing, and shooting it up on the basketball court.
Assiduous Ann is a junior planning to earn a degree in general engineering at Olin College. Like most of her peers, she is trying to complete her degree requirements by taking Partial Differential Equations, Bio-materials, Sustainable Design and Japanese. However, unlike her peers, Ann does not want to pursue a career in engineering once she gets her degree. Instead, she wants to go to law school after Olin to become a public defender. Since Ann feels that being a public defender demands strong organization skills and exceptional leadership skills, she, to hone up these skills as well as to serve the Olin community, is currently the president of the martial arts club and the junior class representative. In addition, Ann has an eclectic mix of hobbies and interests. Particularly, she is interested in Japanese culture. Beside being an active member of the Japanese club, Ann is a Japanese film and anime buff. Furthermore, Ann is interested in theater and plans to audition for the next FWOP production. While all of these activities make Ann love her college experience, they also require that Ann be efficient with time. She openly admits, trying to balance her classes and her activities is hard.