October 31, 2014 in Uncategorized
Everyone loves Dog House because of the dogs. They are amazing animals full of kindness and love. But sometimes we focus too much on the dogs, and not enough on the amazing people of Dog House. My goal for this year is to get to know the Pack and to share what I know about these amazing people with all of you. Thus, I came up with the idea of member profiles. Every week, I will interview a Dog House member and post it here for everyone to see! This week, I’d like to highlight Epe (pronounced “Eppie”) McConnell, a freshman Pack member who has already proved to be dedicated and loyal. Epe was born on August 1st, 1996. She lives in Richmond, Virginia where she has a yellow lab named TJ, a cat named Loki (that name is familiar to us!), and two rats that she had to give away before coming to school. When I asked her why she chose Dickinson, she told me it was the first college she toured, and that she felt at home. She likes that it’s small, beautiful, and everyone is so friendly. Also, as a prospective neuroscience major, she is excited about all of the study abroad opportunities Dickinson offers, even to science majors. On campus, Epe is apart of Dog House, Relay for Life, Phoenix, and Gaming Club. I had to ask: “why Dog House?” She said she has a cousin who is deaf and also has cerebral palsy, so she is very interested in helping people with disabilities. “Also, dogs,” of course! As for some of her favorites, Epe’s dog breeds of choice are labs and Leonbergers (pictured below). Her favorite item of fall clothing is scarves, her favorite TV show is Hannibal, and her favorite animal is the gorilla. She also told me she has synesthesia, a phenomenon that occurs neurologically in which a person involuntarily connects two or more senses or cognitive pathways. For instance, Epe can taste colors. “Sour things taste blue,” she explained. “Salt and vinegar chips are blue. Cherry flavored things are blue, too.” Epe, thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. We are so happy to have you as part of the Pack!