Ever since I was rejected from every campus dance troupe I’ve been looking for a new crew. All I want is a group of fun, good looking, and hip friends to troll around campus with. Why is this so hard? Why is everyone so busy? Does Metro North go to Copenhagen?
TEXT BY SOPHIA JENNINGS ('16), CREATIVE DIRECTOR
IMAGES BY BEN HICKS ('18), STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER
While I’ve enjoyed the benefits of #ProjectFindNewFriends, this week I’m dedicating a post to an old friend. Don’t get me wrong, Ames was fun. But in my last month before going abroad, I’m thinking more and more about the people that make Wesleyan home.
Wesleyan hasn’t always felt safe for me. On a campus where (bad) sex, drugs, and alcohol run rampant, things go awry. But, after two years of struggling to balance this hypersocial, hyperstressful enivornment, I'm the happiest I've been. I’ve come of age through/with/despite my first two years to reach a place where I'm confident in my decisions, both interpersonal and academic. I owe this to the spaces on campus that give me a sense of belonging. I owe this to spaces like Weshop.
Yes, I have grown up at Wesleyan because of Weshop. Or rather, because of Peter at Weshop. From solo cups to microwavable curry, I’ve experienced Wesleyan under the watchful eye of Peter. He has listened, advised and laughed. Never letting me get away with being the pretentious ginger I so often am.
And so, I dedicate this post to Peter. Thank you for being a friend, despite the times I came in hungover and ate all my grapes before reaching the register. Which I do realize falls in to the category of stealing. And self harm.
You are a gift to this community and I am thankful.
(MUCH MORE THAN) 20 QUESTIONS WITH PETER COTRONA
PETER WHERE YOU FROM? Meriden, CT. HOW OLD ARE YOU? Old enough WHERE'D YOU GO TO SCHOOL? Eastern College now its Eastern University. Small Christian College. ARE YOU CHRISTIAN? Yes. DO YOU GO TO CHURCH? No. DO YOU PRAY? Of course. WHAT’S THE LAST THING YOU PRAYED FOR? Help in finding an apartment! I was stressed out. I pray for people. Friends with cancer. WHO’S YOUR FAVORITE COWORKER? Oh come on. All of them. MOST ENTERTAINING PERSON IN WESHOP? Used to be Zak Maalik. HE GRADUATED. Yeah so nowadays it's the girls who don’t know what they want. They come to the counter and they go, “Oh wait! I forgot!” and then they run around while there’s a whole line. I stand there gracefully with my teeth clenched. FAVORITE CELEBRITY CHEF? Gordon Ramsey. FAVORITE WORD? Boo-yah. WHAT’D YOU WANNA BE WHEN YOU WERE 17? It’s hard to say. I went to college the first couple years to become a minister… WHY U NO MINISTER? It wasn’t my calling! And at the time, I was kind of in the closet so that was conflicting. So I switched my major to sociology. LOL. It was perfect! WHY’D YOU DECIDE TO BE A COOK? I always describe it as the mafia. Once you’re in you can’t get out. I just love making people happy. Seeing them smile when I make them something. And the creativity. I love making new creations, new combinations.
WHAT’S ONE THING YOU WOULD NEVER BUY FROM WESHOP? Probably the bulk candy. WHY? So expensive! IF OBAMA ASKED YOU FOR DINNER WHAT WOULD YOU MAKE? I have made him dinner. No actually I made him lunch. Chicken breast with broccoli. WHAT IS THE LAST THING YOU DO BEFORE BED? I read. WHAT DO YOU READ? Everything. I like mystery novels. Self-help books. IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A SELF HELP BOOK IT BE CALLED? Laugh every day. IF YOU COULD RENAME WESHOP...International Foods! Some of the things in there I’ve never heard of or seen in my life. LIKE WHAT? Like the other day, "peanut butter powder." It’s like. What is peanut butter powder? What is this used for? Just get peanut butter! Sounds really gross doesn't it? WHAT’S WESLEYAN BIGGEST PROBLEM? Our judgement. IF YOU WERE A STORY IN THE BIBLE? Well Peter of course. The rock. WHEN WERE YOU HAPPIEST? I’m usually happy all the time. We all have our down days. But I’m like 90 percent happy. 10 percent a lil frustrated and down. IF YOU COULD DJ WESHOP… I don’t dj. WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR CHURCH? In my heart.
WHAT’S YOUR COMFORT FOOD? Lasagna WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN A YEAR? Still here. Hopefully at 40 hours a week instead of 26 . IF JESUS WENT TO WESLEYAN WHERE WOULD HE BE? Exley. WHAT WOULD YOU WANT YOUR LAST SUPPER TO BE? Steak. WITH WHO? My family. WHAT’S THE WEIRDEST THING THAT’S HAPPENED AT WORK? Group of guys running through the marketplace completely naked. That was a few years ago. Can’t remember who it was. That was weird. We’re serving food and all of a sudden we’re like, "huh!" FAVORITE PASSAGE FROM THE BIBLE? One of my favorites is an incomplete one. “In the beginning God created” WHY? Cause you can expand on that any way! WHAT’S THE LAST SONG YOU DANCED TO? I can’t remember the song but I was dancing in Weshop last Friday. Probably "Boom Boom". THATS NOT A SONG. Well it is now!! ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT… (singing) she got a body like an... BANG BANG BY ARIANA GRANDE? That’s it! BIGGEST PROBLEM IN THE CHURCH TODAY? Judgement. WHAT DO YOU WANT FOR CHRISTMAS? Knives. Seriously. Believe it or not I’m a cook and I don’t have any knives. WHAT WOULD YOU MAKE SOMEONE FOR A DATE? Eggplant parmesan. DESSERT? Chocolate mousse. IF YOU WERE TO TAKE ONE YEAR OFF OF YOUR LIFE WHERE WOULD YOU GO? I always wanted to go to Italy. It’s on my bucket list. IF WESHOP WAS IN THE BIBLE WHICH STORY WOULD IT BE IN? That’s a tough one.
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU’RE STRESSED OUT? I used to play piano. REALLY? WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SONG? Blue Daneub is one of my favorite. haven’t played in awhile and it sucks. WHAT ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO THIS WEEK? I’m looking forward to going to see In the Heights with some coworkers in the front. I think it’s gonna be really good. FAVORITE MIDDLETOWN SPOT? La Boca. WORST MIDDLETOWN DINNER? Probably Empire Pizza. It’s nea-sty. YOU LIKE YOUR BOSS? Sometimes they’re a lil quirky. That’s what makes them unique. There aren’t a lot of people I don’t get along with. Most people don’t get along with me. But I get along with most people. You know what I mean? I have haters, I don’t really hate. WHATS THE ONE WESLEYAN OUTFIT YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND? I would have to say going to dinner in your boxer shorts. Like really? I’ve seen that a lot. Or coming in to Weshop half naked. I understand that you live upstairs but put on some clothes. MARY or JOSEPH? Joseph. WHY? Because he was a humble guy. He was trying his hardest.
CATCH ME AND PETER EATING PEANUT BUTTER POWDER IN WESHOP THIS WEEKEND!