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ISSUE 115 VOL 19 PUBLISHED 4/26/2002

'Walla' shares soft spot for political life - and buffalo wings

By Anonymous
Contributing Writer


Friday, April 26, 2002

“He wants fireworks at his wedding,” said Jaclyn Patrignani, best friend and Vice President of Student Government Association (SGA) with President Nicholas Wallace. “That sums up what Nick Wallace is.” Wallace, often called Wallacen (pronounced “wahl-less-en”) or Walla, if not Nick, is all for living life with a bang. As incumbent president, and an RA in Mohn for the second year in a row, it's hard to believe Wallace hasn't burned himself out yet. Wallace is a triple major: religion, Asian studies, and political science. He's a baritone in Cantorei, has been president of both Mohn and Hill-Kitt, went to China and Japan for Interim 2000, and went to Israel that summer for a seminar for student body presidents. Also, due to the research he conducted over the summer as a McNair Scholar at the University of Minnesota, Wallace traveled to Durban, South Africa for a United Nations conference on racism. He also flew with fellow McNair-er Adam Bad Wound ‘02 to Puerto Rico to present his research. He plans on going to law school after graduation, and has not yet decided if he will pursue a joint degree in public policy. He is looking into Notre Dame, Boston University, the University of Chicago, the University of Michigan, as well as awaiting responses from other schools. And after school? This gentleman already has his future drawn out. “For the first part of my career,” said Wallace, “I want to focus on international law, focusing on human rights. I'd love to work with empowering less developed populations. Then eventually I'd like to come back and serve society in politics; my dream is to become a governor. Way, way down the line I'd like to open a bed and breakfast, and maybe cook there a few times a week.” Wallace is in the first generation of his family to be born in America. His grandmother and mother moved to New York in the 1970s from the Caribbean island of Trinidad and Tobago. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Wallace's last three years of high school were in Appleton, Wisc. “It was part of the ABC  A Better Chance  Program,” he explained. “It's a scholarship designed to give students an educational advantage.” As if he needed an advantage above his natural zest for life. Fastidious to a fault, Wallace has a reputation for an impeccable appearance. “His closet is spotless,” divulged Patrignani (affectionately called “Patrigna” by Walla). “There's two windows to the soul, eyes and closets. And his eyes say, ‘I want wings.’” Ambitious and personable, Wallace brings a love for life to all he does. In addition to a joy of learning, he loves “to read, and I love to write. I like to shop  at Banana Republic and Target especially! I love dancing; I mean, I've been known to shake a tail feather,” Wallacen winked. “And I love cooking. And wings. And Patrigna. And "The Simpsons." And 40-hour bus trips to Tampa for spring break. And VeryFine juice.” And what about those fireworks? Patrigna put together a hypothetical personal ad for a certain Nick Wallace. “Wanted: Single female who loves meat. Especially buffalo wings. Must be witty, intelligent, and chill. No psychos need apply. Looking for a serendipitous time. Must love food, must be available Monday nights about 9 p.m. for wings at the Reub. Must be self-actualized, must love poetry (Thoreau a bonus). Must have sufficient understanding of the phrase, ‘I'm on my way,’ and realize that 5:30 could mean 7:00. Applications will be available in the SGA office.” “There's no need to apply,” countered Wallace. “I'm marrying Patrigna in the fall.” To which they both collapsed into a fit of giggles.





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