Name: Mary Keister.
Hometown and current residence: Vernon Hills, Ill., but currently rocking 840 as the RA.
Year in school: Senior.
Campus activities: Editor-in-chief of the Round Table, Intramural Frisbee, senior class officer, ResLife, and other various fun things!
What goes in your desert island backpack? How big is this backpack? Can it hold a miniature poodle or just, say, the seeds of an apple tree? We'll go with the seeds. I love apples (and even more so when they are in pie).
If you were to audition for American Idol, what song would you sing? "Born to Run" by Bruce Springsteen. BRUUUUUCE!
Who are your heroes? There's many of these in a lot of different realms of my life, but I'll say Helen Thomas here. (see photo above, with Thomas, left and Keister, right) Even though sometimes she says some silly things, she's always been someone I've admired. Plus, I would love to have her as a great-aunt or something. How cool would that be?!
If you could go back in time and cover any news story, what would it be? The emergence of the Iraq War. Most reporters kind of goofed on that and didn't ask the questions they should have been asking.
Describe your dream issue of the Round Table. A masterpiece full of color photos and punny headlines! (Unfortunately, as of now, the color piece can't happen. ... unless someone wants to give us money ... )
For more from Keister and the rest of the Round Table staff, download current issues of the student newspaper on Wordpress.