few minutes with" is a lighter look at a student who has
recently been in the news.
DeFord happily traded his sunny hometown of Redondo Beach to bask
in the fog on the SFSU campus. "I have a distaste for warm weather
and I'm not much of an outdoor person," the freshman English major
says. He clocks in hours on his computer in the campus dorm and is
least bit shy about admitting his devotion to computer games. It
was a stint as a game reviewer for the Daily Breeze, a
paper published in Torrance, that led to a byline as a columnist at
old age of 18. His column, titled "The Freshman," regales
the folks back home with Mark Twainesque accounts of SFSU dorm life
road to manhood."
Why did you choose to attend SFSU?
My favorite computer game magazine, Computer Gaming World, is published
in San Francisco. This is the industry I want to work in, so I thought
I might as well take up residence as soon as I could. Besides, I
love it here.
Favorite SFSU faculty member? Why?
Well, I've only been taking class for two months but as far as professors
who are experienced, prepared and skilled at what they do ... I
think my economics professor, Michael Potepan, qualifies. I'm not
an economist, but I feel like I'll never attend a class of his where
I don't learn something.
What are your long-term goals?
Computer games magazine editor.
What are your passions?
Besides computer games, it is writing. I love to write about the absurdities
in everyday life.
I love the tuna melts in the Student Center. I never had one before
but I tried one and got hooked. Cheese and fish -- who knew?
Where do you do your laundry?
Funny you should ask. I devoted one of my columns to the fact that
my dorm room is right across the hall from the washing machines.
I usually blast my music and people doing their laundry come to listen.
I don't mind it. It's not a bad way to meet women.
What is the last movie you saw? Give us a
"Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." I love (Charlie) Kaufman; everything
he writes is brilliant. If you want to know what I am inside all
you have to do is see that movie. It really pegs me in terms of love
What person, dead or living, would you most like to meet?
Donovan McNabb. I'm a big Eagles fan. Or Will Wright, the creator
of "The Sims."
One is from one of my all time favorite games, "Metal Gear Solid 2:
Sons of Liberty." The quote is, "Without free will, there
is no difference between submission and rebellion."
What is the toughest thing about being you?
I'm an incurable romantic. Really, I can't help it.
-- Denize Springer