Volume 95, Issue 42

Thursday, November 15, 2001
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Revolution sweeps across Afghanistan

French knight loves Star Trek and KD

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French knight loves Star Trek and KD

By Chris Lackner
Gazette Staff

Not only is he a French knight, but Western's president Paul Davenport is also a self-described Trekkie.

In an exclusive interview with The Gazette, Davenport ate our poorly prepared macaroni and cheese and revealed the man behind the multiple titles.

Q: When was the last time you ate macaroni and cheese?

A: I eat a lot of noodles. When I come home late, I boil noodles, slice up some French cheese and put tomato sauce on top. It's not Kraft Dinner, but it's a lot like it.

Q: Do you have any personal hobbies the student body might not be aware of?

A: I'm an avid cyclist and reader of books on impressionist painters and the [historic] period of the Third Empire [of France]. One hobby I've developed living at Gibbon's Lodge is cutting trails in the bush on the east side of the estate.

Q: If you could live the life of one historical figure, who would it be and why?

A: I think I'd be French novelist Emile Zola. I'd go back to France in the middle of the 19th century and meet the people he met. He was the friend of a lot of French impressionist painters.

Q: What's the best thing about being a French knight and are you sick of The Gazette making fun of your title all the time?

A: I enjoy enormously the jokes in The Gazette; I send clippings to my sisters to show how the student newspaper makes fun of its president. So far, I haven't found many advantages to being a French knight [laughing].

Q: If it came down to a crunch between your administrative duties and slaying a dragon, where would your loyalties lie?

A: [laughter] How dangerous is the dragon?

Q: Any wild and crazy stories from your university years?

A: While I was a student in France in 1967, on several occasions a bunch of us took a train up to Paris in order to participate in student demonstrations. [Some were] against the war in Vietnam or to push for more funding at universities. Those demonstrations could take some unusual turns. [pausing and then bursting into laughter] Turn that tape recorder off and I could tell you some better [stories].

Q: If you could identify with one character from Star Trek who would it be?

A: [extremely animated] I'm a bit of a trekkie – Captain Kirk blows Captain Picard out of the water! I like Scotty. I like his accent, his general unflappable nature and the rare times when he begins to lose it! He says 'Captain I can't push it anymore. The warp drive is going. We're going to blow up the ship!'

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