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Humans of Beloit: Will Tomer'17

May 5, 2017
By Will Tomer'17

Class of 2017-Will Tomer

Q: So you're graduating in next week? What's next?

A: I’ll be heading home to hang out with my best friend, Zack Brown, and enjoy some Taco Bell before I head to Toledo, Ohio, where I’ll be working as a copy editor for the Pulitzer Prize-winning newspaper, The Blade. Toledo is also the primary test market for Taco Bell, so I’ll be in heaven.

Q: What's the one random piece of Beloit memorabilia you're taking with you?

A: Someone destroyed the sign to The Round Table by ripping it off the wall and leaving its components strewn about all over the place. It couldn’t be put back up and the signage is apparently being replaced in Pearsons, so I’ll be taking that sign.

Q: What game show would you win and why?

A: “The American Bible Challenge,” which is hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. I’m not religious, but I have read the Bible several times and I’m an avid viewer of that program. I feel like I could hold my own, especially if I had a few friends with me.

Q: What movies make you cry the hardest and laugh the hardest?

A: Cry the hardest? I would probably say Rudy. My grandfather was a Notre Dame alum and that movie is an inspiration to scrawny people like me. As for laugh the hardest, I would probably say that I laugh the most consistently at Adam Sandler’s Happy Gilmore. I can quote every single line. Far too many people know this fact.

Q: If you could only dance to one song for the rest of your life, what would that song be?

A: I love music too much to pick just one song, so I’ll be annoying and pick three in no particular order:

  1. Dear Skorpio Magazine’ - Neon Indian; This song is the most contemporary of these (2015) and it just sounds like an intoxicating night out in a chintzy throwback disco club. Plus the lyrics that oscillate between the creepy and the sweet, as well as the allusions to an obscure 80s Italian thirst-trap, put this one way over the top. According to my iTunes, I’ve spent more than a day of my life listening to this song.
  2. This Is The Day’ - The The; This is one of those tunes that just makes you feel like you can do anything when you hear it. The lyrics are about turning a corner, the synthesizers make some zany sounds, and Matt Johnson’s English drawl really makes this one a treat to listen to. I’ve been listening to it a lot in preparation for graduating.
  3. Head Over Heels’ - Tears For Fears; This is my favorite song, period. I’ve never been able to articulate why exactly, but there is something about the layered vocals from Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith, the lithe bass, the firm pulse of the keys, and the lyrics. Oh, the lyrics. My little sister made me a T-shirt with the opening lyrics on it, actually. This was also the song I listened to as I walked to my very first class at Beloit — a 9 a.m French class in the World Affairs Center. As fate would have it, Tears For Fears is playing the night before I graduate and I’ll be there, belting this one all the way.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at Beloit College?

A: I’ve had the luxury to work multiple jobs at Beloit — Pearsons Manager, Editorial Intern in Communications & Marketing — and the best part of them both would be the people. So many wonderful, considerate, and helpful people have been there to bolster me, be patient with me, and make the past several years here such a treat. Susan Kasten, in particular. What a diversely talented and hardworking person. I’m truly in awe of her abilities.

Q: What three words would describe you as a 13-year-old and if one of them is not awkward how did you do it?

Will Tomer'17 and Miley Cyrus

A: Awkward is paramount. As you will see from the photo, I was a painfully uncomfortable child and I don’t know that I’ve ever snapped out of it. (Miley is only three years older than me here! Can you believe it?!)

I suppose I would also use the words “eccentric” and “curious,” as I really loved to explore weird things with an incredible amount of vigor and obsession. I know way too much about the locations of various fast food museums, for example.

Q: How would your best friend describe you?

A: My best friend is a young man named Zack Brown and he would probably describe me in unflattering terms that I would rather not repeat here. However, if he were forced to be serious for a moment, I would hope he would describe me as well-reasoned, inquisitive, and occasionally funny.

  1. Q. What's the biggest lie you've ever told yourself?

A: That Taylor Swift is a decent musician.

  1. Where's your favorite place on campus?

A: The Round Table office. I’ve hung out there more than in my rooms, I’m fairly certain.