30 Seconds with…men’s squash sophomore Hunter Schlacks

Favorite racquet sport besides squash?

Tennis — I played throughout high school and continue to play today. It’s very similar to squash in terms of strategy and competitiveness, and I love those aspects of both sports.

Funniest person on the team?

Matt Sheridan, always makes the team laugh during our meetings (sometimes unintentionally) with his unexpected comments.

Who loses their temper the most during matches?

Derek Chilvers (nickname: ‘time bomb’). Always one of the most energetic and enthusiastic members of the team during matches, which sometimes results in an explosion on-court.

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30 Seconds with … Fran Dougherty

In anticipation of Fran Dougherty's return to the Penn lineup after an eight-game absence due to mononucleosis, we bring you 30 seconds with the Franimal in a rapid-fire discussion of yachts, nicknames, hypothetical biopics and more.

Do you play a musical instrument?
Yes, I do.

What instrument?

You've been give a yacht. What will you name it?
The Voyager.

Favorite class you've taken at Penn?
Environmental case studies.

If you could win any award, what would it be?
Probably the Nobel Peace Prize.

Best nickname you've ever been given?
I'd have to say "Fat Fran" from Tyler Bernardini.

If a biographical film was made about your life, who would you want to play the role of you?
I'd want Jim Carrey.

30 Seconds With… Greg Van Roten

Greg Van Roten (left) originally signed with the Packers practice squad but has since been moved to the active roster.

Those who watched the Giants crush the Packers on Sunday Night Football this week may have caught a glimpse of former Penn football player and current Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Greg Van Roten. As we wrote two weeks ago, the 2011 grad currently serves as a backup center and guard and is taking practice snaps with the first team (see story), but he's also been playing on special teams.

We took the time to question Van Roten on some of non-Packers questions in this edition of 30 Seconds With:

Do you have Aaron Rodgers’ cell phone number?
No, I don’t think anybody has that.

Best food in Green Bay?
Cheese Cake Heaven. We all go there for the sandwiches, but they’re famous for dessert.

What do you miss most about Penn?
Where do I start? All my friends mostly, but also being in a city like Philly. Never thought I’d say that, but it’s true. I miss Philly.

Best dancer on the team?
Donald Driver, he won Dancing with the Stars.

Tim Tebow or Mark Sanchez?
Ha, neither.

30 seconds with Cameron Countryman

After practice last week, Wharton freshman and wide receiver Cameron Countryman sat down with me at Franklin Field for a 30-second review of his favorite movie, estimated number of trips to Wawa and more.

Favorite sport to watch other than football?

Favorite movie?

Thing you miss most about home?
The weather and In-N-Out.

Favorite pre-game meal?
In high school, it was Quiznos. Now, it’s whatever they feed us pretty much because it’s all good.

Dream job other than playing the NFL?
College coach or working with an NFL team, either financially, with management or something like that.

If you had to choose your concentration right now, what would it be?
Probably marketing.

Estimated number of trips to Wawa this year?
It’s only been a month, and I’ve probably gone 15 to 20 times.

30 Seconds with Jeff Jack

It's officially game week for the Penn football team, so in recognition of that I present 30 Seconds with Jeff Jack: The Extended Version.

If you like what he has to say, wait until Friday's football supplement … I have a whole feature coming about Jack, Lyle Marsh and Brandon Colavita. You'll love the name they have for themselves.

Who would you like to see "30 Seconds" with?

Extended 30 Seconds – Jeff Cragg

I spoke with Jeff Cragg on Monday for a brief interview on no one topic in particular. Below is the version that was printed. The full minute or so of questions and answers is after the jump.


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30 Seconds with Amy Gutmann (Extended Version)

I sat down with Penn President Amy Gutmann Tuesday for a quick "30 seconds" interview. It actually lasted almost two minutes, but check out the print version below, and the whole interview after the jump.


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