Q: Where are you from?
I was born in Summit, NJ; However I have called Cleveland, Ohio – specifically the People’s Republic of Shaker Heights – my hometown for the last 16 years of my life.
Q: What are you involved with outside of the Knights?
I am a professional music journalist in the local DC area. They pay me to do local concert reviews and interviews with either national or local touring acts or music authorities – I even got to interview the lead singer of Bastille in September (fun fact, I did the interview in my bedroom of the Knight’s house). I have also been a DJ/show host/writer/editor for WGTB, Georgetown’s radio station and its blog for my entire time at Georgetown. This has led to having some pretty cool people on my show like Damian Kulash, the lead singer of OK Go. I just did an interview with the co-authors of a very influential and renowned book about the history of punk, Legs McNeil and Gillian Anderson, and very soon I will interview Guy Picciotto – a fellow Hoya and member of the legendary DC punk band Fugazi. I am also working this semester as the head of the music program’s research assistant – We’re doing a project on Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, two of the greatest composers of the 20th century. I have been very lucky to get such incredible opportunities through Georgetown and DC to pursue what I love – I never even dreamed I would be working professionally at my age. I also was president of Anime Club for the last academic year, I’ve been VP of Georgetown gaming since January, I help run the Georgetown music scene and I also contribute occasional music pieces for the Voice.
Q: How have you seen the Knights change while you’ve been at Georgetown?
I think the Knights are becoming more organically integrated into the larger GU Catholic identity as well as the identity of the school. I think, especially, through the valiant efforts of our two most recent Grand Knights – Chris Cannataro and Patrick Boyden – people are beginning to realize that we are actually an organization of service and spreading the love of Christ, rather than an ultra-conservative, exclusive group.
Q: Who would you consider your “Catholic” role model?
This plays into the last question a bit. Until Pope Francis came along I would have not had a definitive role model in the Church. His Holiness embodies the essence of Christhood and Christ’s model for how humanity should act more than many other individuals in history – perhaps with the exception of Tenzin Gyatso, the current and 14th Dalai Lama. Francis not only embodies God-like compassion and care, but also understands how to interact in the 21st century. Unlike most hard-liners in the Church, like His Holiness Emeritus Benedict, Francis knows how to present the views of the Church in a diplomatic, tactful way that invites people to engage in discussion and listen, and not dismiss it.
Q: What is your favorite activity the Knights do and why?
Grate Patrol, without a doubt. It is one of the most fulfilling and gratifying experiences in my life and really feels like I am doing the will of God and connecting with His children.