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MUSIC MAN SCORES A SCHOLARSHIP DOUBLE WHAMMY (RHODES, MARSHALL): NICK DiBERARDINO ’11 LIVES “IN EXCESS,” DIGS GARLIC AND CLEVERNESS, CRITICALLY ASSESSES OLD NASSAU

Name: Nick DiBerardino
Age: 21
Major: Music
Hometown: Westport, CT
Eating Club/Residential College/Affiliation: Rocky/Ivy

What was your initial reaction when you found out about the scholarship(s)?
With the Marshall, I’d say I was mainly feeling sticky — as soon as I won, two of my suitemates came and poured champagne on my head — but I suppose there was a fair amount of excitement mixed in there as well. With the Rhodes, the feeling was awkward … they announce the winners in front of everyone who lost, so it’s … uncomfortable, to say the least. It’s like they designed this stuff for reality TV.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
Jeff Nunokawa. You’d think the man was fictional.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
One particular 3AM Frist pizza session comes to mind. They still had an “everything” slice, I covered it in garlic powder, and the rest is history.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
Live in excess — excess composing, sleeping, working, working out, or slacking off, depending on the day.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
Super Smash Bros. (Brawl)

What are your plans for the Rhodes, which you ultimately chose?
The Rhodes will take me to Oxford for two years (for free!), where I’ll study composition and build in a whole lot of time to hang out and travel. Iceland and Russia are on the list of places I’m hoping to jump to from England.

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