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Meet the new C-Haus Manager Steve Oliveri

September 17, 2012

Steven Oliveri 

Name: Steve Oliveri
Occupation: Coughy Haus manager.
Hometown/current residence: Crystal Lake, Ill; now, about 10 feet above the Coughy Haus.
You may have seen me: If you went zip-lining this summer at Lake Geneva Canopy Tours, my previous employment.
What are a few of your favorite things? Fall, sleeping, campfires, iced tea, road trips, mountains, suspenders, Guinness, fog, live music.
What three items go in your desert island backpack? A compass, a good knife, and John Locke's wits.
Any do-over requests to lodge with the universe? Explain. Make super powers real. Who wouldn't want that?
Favorite meal? Toss-up between Swedish meatballs and enchiladas.
What can’t you live without? A pair of good-fitting jeans.
Any advice? For students? Make the most of the time you're here; four years go quickly. Anyone else? Just because you're not a student doesn't mean you can't keep trying new things.
What do you do in your free time? Music has always been a solid go-to. I have an upright bass named Bella. We have a great long-term relationship.
If you could be reincarnated, what person/thing would you like to be? Definitely not a middle-schooler, that was hard enough without Facebook. Probably a bird, but a big one so I don't get eaten right away.
What gets you up in the morning? Some mornings not even a dozen alarms. Lately it's been the (in)convenient partnership between the sun and the window at the foot of the bed.
Who are your heroes? My C-Haus housekeeping staff. There's no way I can thank them enough for helping to get this place ready for the year.
Which talent would you most like to have? I've always wished I could whistle.
What’s the number one thing on your bucket list? My family still has ties to relatives in Sicily, I would love to get to Italy at some point and see where the Oliveri clan began. 
Proudest moment? During my undergrad years, I was awarded a research grant that sent me to Kibera, Kenya, where I got to meet some extraordinary radio producers and DJs who broadcast messages of peace. I'll always be grateful for getting the chance to share their stories at school and at conferences when I returned home.
What are you most looking forward to? Getting to co-program with a variety of students/organizations. My programming committee has already started brainstorming some great ideas, and I'm looking forward to hearing what other clubs have in mind.

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