One In 2000: Vanea Norris

Major: American Studies, Political Science

Dorm: Dodd

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Good movie: Sarafina

Bad movie: The Perfect Storm

I don’t think I know exactly what American studies is.

It’s basically everything that is Div. II. Just about, but not quite. It includes a lot of political science courses, history, anything to do with America.

Do you have a boyfriend?


See, I have to try and make these questions interesting.

Well, I don’t know how I would categorize. . .

A little . . .play-pal?

No no, I’m not into the play-pal thing.

Uh-huh. So it’s purely platonic.

No it’s not. It’s just a distance factor, that’s why I categorized it that way. I was abroad in Jamaica last semester and everybody makes the joke, yeah, “Stella Got Her Groove Back.”

So you and Taye Diggs are seeing each other?

Yeah, right.

I don’t need to know your friend’s name or anything, but how did you meet him?

How did I meet him? Okay, part of our program we spent time out in the country and I met him at a party. It was kind of boring and he comes up to me and starts talking, and we talk the whole time. And he’s teaching me all the cool Jamaican dances. . .

Was he topless at this point?


Were you topless at this point? Bathing suit?

No. And so we were leaving and I said, “Okay, I’ll see you around,” and I didn’t think he liked me. In fact, I was trying to introduce him to my other friends because I thought he’d prefer one of them, that kind of thing. So I leave with them, and he runs to catch up with me and walks me back to the home-stay family I’m staying with, which was kind of nice, but whatever. The next day he comes over; I didn’t think he knew the family I was staying with, but he was all buddy-buddy with them and so we sit on the porch and talk for a while.

Hmm. So when did he make his move?

His move? Not until the very end, actually; he was nervous. And he said I wasn’t giving him any signals or something like that.

So obviously you’re not free right now to shop around. Or are you?

I don’t know. I haven’t – no no no, I’m not right now. Is that tape recorder on?

What do you do in your free time?

At school I do Kusika, African dance, attend BSU meetings, though I missed the first one.

Are there many guys in Kusika?

No, actually, we’re pretty lacking.

Do you think the guys in Kusika are there just to pick up women like yourself?


So how about your music tastes?

Right now I love dance hall music.

Who’s an example of a dance hall artist?

Um, Beenie Man . . .

Beenie Man? Is that like Beenie Baby?

No. All the ladies supposedly love Beenie Man.

Do you love Beenie Man?

No, I like Beenie Man, but I don’t love Beenie Man.

But you’re a lady!

I was told that when I was there; all the ladies love Beenie Man.

Do you love cool James? Because Ladies Love Cool James.

He’s cool and nice looking, but I don’t love him.

Any other kinds of popular music you enjoy?

I never really listened to much of that growing up. My mother’s a pretty strict Christian, and I was not allowed to listen to secular music, so I’m not up on current artists. People start talking, “you know, so and so,” and I don’t know what they’re talking about.

So it was like the devil’s music?

No, I mean, I don’t hold that opinion anymore. I wouldn’t say precisely the devil’s music. But if wasn’t praising or uplifting God, then it wasn’t worth listening to.

How would you characterize the guys at Williams? Would you say that they’re all devastatingly handsome?

No. There are good-looking people here, just not that many. I think everyone has their own individual tastes, and I think my tastes are not representative of the majority.

If you were a DJ, what would your DJ name be, e.g. DJ Jazzy Jeff, DJ Post-Colonial Theory, etc.?


That sounds like candy. Would you characterize yourself as freaky in bed?

Freaky in bed? No. What do you mean by freaky? No.

Anything you’d like to add before we end this?

I used to have these cool, pink glasses. Well, I thought they were cool. They were pink-tinted and I thought they were the greatest thing. And I had my pink plaid shirt to go with it and pink corduroys. So I’m not quite up on fashion.

When was this, last year?

No, this was seventh grade. You know, I don’t think this interview is an accurate description of me.

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