STAFF EDITORAL: If you could have dinner with one non-fictional person, dead or alive, who would it be?


Resident artist, Kathryn Raynor, dreams of meeting her dream dinner date.

Jessica Borla – If I could have dinner with one person, I would choose Jesus Christ. As a follower, I always try to put Him above all else and act as He would. From Jesus, I would gain insight on His ways and His stories. After all, He is the only Son of God, which means He is the closest thing on Earth that we have to the Creator. I could ask Jesus questions about God, as well as what He experienced in history. This dinner would be a very clear indicator in my faith, and it would allow me to get some answers to the burning questions that I’ve had ever since I began to form a more personal relationship with the Lord. I would get to know more about my religion and plans for my life.

Elizabeth Findley – If I could have dinner with one person – dead or living – I would definitely have dinner with William Shakespeare. He simply is a genius. His plays are literary masterpieces and his sonnets are so beautiful. Reading Romeo and Juliet was one of the best things that has ever happened to me. I was so captivated by the story and his language. I would truly get lost in the story and be so excited to see what was coming next. I would not shut up about that play and I researched about all the characters and people’s ideas about the play; I was obsessed. After that, I bought myself the complete works of William Shakespeare and it one of my favorite things that I own. I think he is an awesome person and a brilliant storyteller. It would be amazing to sit with him and talk about his plays, his characters, and how he managed to write things the way he did.

Quinn Forney – If I could have dinner with one person it’d be Sidney Crosby. Now, I could choose someone more sentimental or meaningful but I just really love hockey. If you don’t know who Crosby is then you must be living under a rock. He’s only one of the greatest players in the NHL! Even as a Montreal Canadiens fan, I just can’t help but love the guy. Going to dinner with him would be the best night of my life, for sure. Now, if I could choose more than one person, I’d certainly dine with PK Subban, Brendan Gallagher, Alex Galchenyuk, Max Pacioretty, so on and so forth. However, the likeliness of ever getting to dine with an NHL player is completely ridiculous. But, hey, dreams are dreams for a reason.

J’Nea Greer – If I could have dinner with one person it would probably have to be my great grandmother. My great grandmother died when I was 3 years old and although I don’t quite remember her I still feel like have some form of a connection to her. She was an incredible woman who accomplished so many wonderful things in her life time despite all the hardships and challenges she faced. She was a spiritual woman who knew what she wanted, when she wanted it and how she wanted it and that’s something I admire. She was a good whole hearted person and she loved and cared for any and every one that came into her life. To be able to sit down and have one meal with my great grandmother would be pure amazing. Her legacy for being herself and wanting to help inspire others to make a lasting impact on the world will live on her forever along with her spirit. Tina Jannette Rogers was a remarkable person and I can only pray that one day people will say the same thing about me.

Madeline Laguaite – If I had the opportunity to have dinner with one person (deceased or living) it would have to be John Lennon. He’s such a musical icon to me and I’ve admired him since I was eight years old. I’ve always loved The Beatles and when people ask me who my favorite is, I have trouble answering, because I feel like the question is comparable to asking a parent who their favorite child is. However, I think I relate most to John and despite him being deceased since 1980, have always wished to talk to him; having dinner would be ideal. As strange as it may seem, I feel connected to John because I feel like we have similar personalities and it would be an absolute dream to meet him.

Jordan Meaker – This question is too hard! There are too many people I’d love to have dinner with if given the chance, from historical figures like Shakespeare and George Washington to actors like Tom Hanks and Hugh Jackman. But, if I have to go with one, I’d probably choose to have dinner with Adele. I am somewhat of an awkward person and I feel like she’d make it fun and also I don’t know what I’d say to Shakespeare because he probably wouldn’t understand it anyway. This is how I’ve chosen Adele. I’ve always considered Adele to be not only one of my favorite singers, but also one of my favorite celebrities in general. She seems extremely down-to-earth, and she’s also only ten years older than me, which is not a ton and I feel like she could give me some great advice about growing up and coming into my own. I just watched James Corden’s carpool karaoke featuring Adele, and she was hilarious and witty and I feel like she would provide some entertaining dinner conversation. I think a dinner with Adele would be fun and amazing and I would probably cry a lot but it’d be great.

SungMin Park – Keith Green, a musician from the 70s. Decca Records signed him at age 11, recognizing his musical talent. That stardom, however, was quickly replaced by Donny Osmond. Soon after, he entered into a devastating drug “trip” and shifted into studying philosophy and Christian theology. Along this new journey, he became of the most influential Christian musicians in history. His organization, Last Days Ministries, is still running under his wife’s direction. At our dinner, I would want to garner from his thoughts. Although he was talented, he considered music to be a minor part of his life. He used the music as a tool for his purpose to stir Christians into greater levels of faith. As a music enthusiast myself, I tend to hold the art over the purpose. I want to learn from his philosophy of music, Christianity, and anything he values most in his life. And he is going to play piano for me, because he’s just that good.

Olivia Pastore – If I could have dinner with anyone, I would choose Robin Williams. I don’t know how to explain how much his performances in film have impacted my life. After his death, I was heartbroken. I still think about him often, luckily because I see pictures of him every morning in my Literature class. I would love to meet him, simply to pick his brain. He was always so comedic, yet truthful. In the public eye, it felt as if he was always playing a role or caricature, which isn’t a necessarily negative characteristic, for he was playing these ‘roles’ to do what he does best: make people smile. In his life, he was always so giving, sometimes caring more for others than for himself. My two favorite films are Good Will Hunting and Dead Poets Society, and specifically his performance in both will forever be in my heart because of their raw honesty. I could talk all day with Robin on those two performances in particular. Most importantly I would want him to know how important he is to me, and to the millions that have laughed, cried, and been inspired by his performances. “Oh Captain, my Captain!”

Kathryn Raynor – If I could have dinner with any one person, I’d want to have dinner with one of my biggest inspirations: Glen Keane. He is recognized as a Disney legend for his character animation. Keane is the mastermind behind iconic characters creations such as Ariel, Tarzan, Rapunzel, and the Beast from Beauty and the Beast. It would be a dream come true to sit down at a table with a wide sheet of paper as a table cloth and to spend hours filling up that paper with sketches as we eat our meal and converse over our ideas.

Nusaybah Smith – If I had the opportunity to have dinner with any singular person I would choose my grandmother: Blanca Nikolic. She is a woman I have never met but some nostalgic part of me feels like she very much holds the key to my past, a piece of history that might make me understand the way my mother is, or why everything that has happened in the past has had to occur. I’ve heard lots of stories about this Croatian lady and I have a vague childhood memory of a phone call that I may or may not have actually had with her. In my perspective, she represents my heritage and the culture of which my mother was never divulged; one that she never felt the need to share. I’m a melting pot of immigrated ancestors and American-ized relatives. I used to practice Croatian, trying my best to learn the Slavic language that is riddled in my DNA. I wanted to talk to her someday in the language that she knew. Now, I will never have the chance. She passed suddenly several weeks ago, receiving a quiet funeral in Ontario, Canada. To this day I find it hard to miss a person that I never knew.

Cayla Vanderzanden – If I could sit down and have dinner with anybody in the world….. well…. My answer is constantly changing. At this very moment in time, it would be Kurt Cobain: the lead singer of the band Nirvana. I spent a large amount of time listening to his music with my brother and his best friend. There are so many reasons for this, but one clouds the majority of my thoughts. Kurt Cobain was incredibly talented. He wrote some of the most interesting songs I’ve ever had the privilege of hearing. However, he was so incredibly sad. He killed himself. He suffered from a variety of issues, some hidden from the public eye, others not. So, my reason for wanting to sit with him, I would want to understand how somebody could produce such timeless music, while being in such despair. Why did he continue on the path that he was, even though it was negatively affecting his mental state so much? I love to understand people, to hear their thoughts on anything substantial. To listen to this man talk would be an exceptionally unforgettable moment. So, as of now, Kurt Cobain would undoubtedly be the best dinner companion of all time.

Lael White – If I could have dinner with one person in the world it would be Robin Williams. Robin Williams was such a fun loving person. He was in many great movies and was one of the funniest actors this world has ever seen. America was heartbroken to hear of his death and maybe if I had dinner with him it would help him see his importance in this world as a comedic relief from our hectic lives. I only wish he knew how great of an entertainer he truly was and if I had a dinner with him, he would.

Logan White – Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, died recently at 89 years-old. To Kill a Mockingbird was one of the first novels I read in high school, and is still one of my all-time favorites. Lee created incredible characters, like Atticus Finch, a strong and compassionate father, and Scout, an inquisitive, spunky little girl. To Kill a Mockingbird truly inspired my 14 year-old self to keep creating and to keep writing. I hope to one day write a novel that could make a difference like hers have. If I could have dinner with one person it would be Harper Lee.

Jessica Wilder – One person I would love to have dinner with… oh my gosh, my list could go on and on. I guess I would have to say J.K. Rowling because that woman seriously is responsible for making my childhood as inspirational and imaginative as it was. It’s gotten to the point where I cannot imagine a life without the Boy Who Lived, and being part of the Harry Potter generation in the world, it helped me through so much with teaching me about leadership and love in times of turmoil. She would probably have to tell me to calm down through most of the dinner because I would cry so many tears of joy and fangirling over her other works. She is such an amazing role model and writer that I admire to the moon and back and that couple of hours at the table would never be enough for me to thank her for all she has done for literature and changing the way kids see themselves all over the world. I would definitely be taking the check for that meal.

Kelly Yoon – Yu Gwansun, the only non-fictional figure that I could think of to share a nice dinner with someday. She has been dead for years and years after tremendous amount of tortures she has received from the Japanese military due to the conflict between Japan and Korea. I would actually like to provide her with more than enough food on the table like a mother. Because I have not experienced such devastating situations even when living in Korea myself, I want to at least do as much as I can to be full of comfort. I have learned so much about her and her accomplishments over the years for my mother country. I appreciate her actions that probably took the most courage out of anyone alive. I still am shocked about how the Japanese treated her back then with activities now considered illegal. She has played huge role in the movement against the Japanese colonial rule over Korea and continuously fought back for what she believed was right. I am very relieved to be acknowledged of this great female role model of mine who continues to reassure me the freedom of my own expressions, not letting anyone to influence them.