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Katharine Shropshire ’09


Where are you from?

South Carolina.

Did you always know you wanted to come to Smith?

While researching colleges I came acrosss an article on a very conservative Web site -- that called Smith a "radical feminist university" -- that talked about all the lady love and hairy armpits as though that would make me not want to apply. I started filling out my application that day.


Who gets the most face time with you?

My D4 ladies and our against-the-rules-but-oh!-so-cuddly fifth roommate, Tobacco.

When was the last time you wore a dress?

Who knows? I wear dresses often, but I wear them like a teenage Courtney Love fan -- with combat boots for optimal edge.

What are you reading now?

Another Roadside Attraction by Tom Robbins, Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell, and The German Ideology by the terrible twosome: Marx and Engels. I have literary ADD and always have to have many in progress at a time, which probably explains why it takes me a month to finish a book.

Do you eat fast food?

I'm taking the Fifth on this one.

What do you miss most about home?

Hot and sticky summer nights that involve good friends and cheap beers. Oh, and boiled peanuts.

What is your favorite movie?

Wayne's World.

If you suddenly had two hours of free time, what would you do?

Typical college student response: sleep.

What is your favorite wall hanging in your room?

I have a wall of Victorian pornography.

Do you consider yourself an urban, suburban or rural person?

I grew up in a small town whose biggest claim to fame is that Miss America 1980 was born there, but when my parents got divorced my Mom and I moved to the edge of Columbia (which is the largest city in South Carolina) so she wouldn't have to commute an hour and a half to work every day. But due to suburban sprawl and middle-income housing developments, suburbia has engulfed us and driven our rent up.

What annoys the heck out of you? 

When people just leave their buggies in the middle of a parking space and I either can't park there without getting out or dinging my car. Are people really that lazy that they cannot walk 20 extra feet?

Who are your role models?

Well, according to my MySpace profile, Elizabeth Flynn Gurley is my hero. But it used to be Tori Spelling, and before that it was Lorena Bobbitt. Who knows who it'll be next?!

What single piece of advice would you give to President Christ?

Seriously reconsider the pronunciation of your name.

7/9/07   Compiled by Kristen Cole
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