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HALFWAY THROUGH OUR TRIP DOWN PROSPECT: CAP PRESIDENT DEREK GREGO LIVES WITHOUT DRAMA, MENTIONS THE WOODS REPEATEDLY, REVEALS THE ILLUSTRIOUS’ SHAOLIN SECRETS

Name: Derek Grego
Hometown: Pittsburgh, City of Champions
Major: WWS
Club and Residential College Affiliation: Cap & Gown, Wilson

What are you doing this summer?
Training up for my assessment in ROTC. Then a month at Fort Lewis, Washington for an undoubtedly good time in the woods. No planes, helicopters, or explosives this summer.

Who’s your favorite Princetonian, living or dead, real or fictional?
Aaron Burr.

What’s the best meal you’ve eaten in Princeton?
Bacon, Egg, and Cheese and Vitamin Water at Olives every Sunday morning for recuperative purposes. Also, Spicy Salmon from Sakura is out of control.

In one sentence, what do you actually do all day?
Wake up, try to keep it drama free, sleep.

Favorite spot in Cap?
Hands down. There is a threshold on the first floor that used to lead to the back porch but now it’s in front of the stairs to the taproom. But it’s a solid piece of stone that has been warped by a century of Cap members stepping on it. To me it’s our answer to the Shao-lin temple.

What club did you think you’d be in as a freshman and why?
Frosh week I was totally going Charter.

What is your greatest guilty pleasure?
I’m currently a recovering Xbox addict.

If you could change one thing about Princeton, what would it be?
I just think there’s not really a good policy in place so we can figure out who are the smartest people at our school. I just don’t think there’s anything to distinguish Princeton students from any other school so we should strive to make classes artificially difficult.

What’s hanging above your desk and/or bed?
List of life maxims, Princeton banner, and a crucifix. No jokes here.

What is your biggest fear?
I was going to say ‘being alone’ or ‘fading into obscurity’ but on second thought: Ticks. Or Brown Recluses. Seriously spend any time in the woods in the South and you will see what I mean.

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