The Cheap Seats with Ethan VanderWilden ’20

In this edition of The Cheap Seats, we sit down with Ultimate Frisbee player Ethan VanderWilden ’20 to talk about memories, Christmas music, and Lucky Charms.

Colby Echo (Echo): Why did you join Ultimate Frisbee?
Ethan VanderWilden (EW): I was a high school athlete and I wanted to stay active and competitive — frisbee seemed like fun so I joined.

Echo: What’s your favorite Ultimate Frisbee memory?
EW: We had a really good game against Bates last year. We ended up losing, but it was a really dope one-point game throughout, back and forth with the lead a lot.

Echo: What are you looking forward to this season?
EW: Just getting back at it. There is a lot of young talent and great leadership.

Echo: What do you think about when you’re alone in the car?
EW: How time is a flat circle.

Echo: A penguin walks through the door wearing a cowboy hat. What does he say and why is he here?
EW: “How are yea?” He’s just looking for a good time.

Echo: Why do you listen to Christmas music months after Christmas?
EW: Like Christmas in L.A. and that Sleigh Bells banger? Those songs are fresh!

Echo: What do you do in your free time?
EW: Hang out with friends and play the piano.

Echo: The apocalypse has begun. What are three items you bring to help you survive it and why?
EW: Man, these are some tough questions. I would bring an antidote for whatever I am fighting, a baseball bat, and a friend.

Echo: What is your spirit animal and why?
EW: Elephant, because it has the same first letter.

Echo: Are you a hunter or a gatherer?
EW: Both.

Echo: Do you have any nicknames?
EW: I’m nicknamed Aqua-Man on the Frisbee team, really just because of my long blond hair. Some people call me Vandy for short.

Echo: Would you rather fight 100 duck-sized horses or one horse-sized duck?
EW: One horse-sized duck. Everyone usually says the other, but I just want to be the greatest and beat the big boss.

Echo: How do you eat your Lucky Charms?
EW: I tactically eat all of the non-marshmallows first and then eat straight spoonfuls of marshmallows

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