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Test your VPB knowledge with this edition’s trivia question. The person who comes up with the correct answer first will earn bragging rights and recognition in the next edition of the e-CSRU.
In the last edition, we had a Pep Band Mix-and-Match:
Connect the following venues to the year in which the Pep Band was permanently banned from them:
The correct answers are:
No one answered correctly, so better luck with this edition’s question:
Question: What ACC mascot was removed from the field in an ambulance during a Pep Band show?
This spring the Pep Band elected two new members of the managing board. Because of a change in the Band’s constitution, two board members are elected in the spring. The final board member and the director are elected in the fall. The new board members are:
Board member Erik Larsen (CLAS ’11): Erik (aka Troutie) is probably the only (and thus arguably the greatest) melodica-player ever to scramble. He currently resides in Nörwegia, a newish band house located in a lush suburb of Runk. Erik has pragmatically chosen to double major in Russian language and music, thus positioning himself to get in on the ground floor of the rapidly expanding 19th century Russian ballet rendition industry. Erik's achievements include routinely pwning in IHOP coffee drinking contests and invpoopnting poop languagpoop. He (Erik LarsEn) is not to be confused with the elder and tattoo-ier Erik LarsOn.
Board Member Kohhei Yoshikawa (CLAS ’10) usually goes by Kody (because people cannot pronounce his name). He was born and brought up in Japan till he was 18. Right after he graduated from high school in Japan, he came to the US for college. He is a double major in government (with a concentration in American politics) and cognitive science (with a concentration in philosophy). He plays the trumpet and currently lives in the Ciderhouse, although he is moving out in August. He is concerned that all trumpet players are graduating in 2010, so his goal is to recruit more trumpet players this year.
As part of an organization with a long history at the University, the VPB inspired many favorite memories and stories in each VPB alum. In each edition of the e-CSRU, FVPB invites you to share your favorite story on a specified topic in the FVPB forums.
This edition's question is in honor of summertime: What is your favorite Pep Band Beach Week memory?
Post your answer the in the FVPB forums, and FVPB will publish our favorites in the next newsletter. (Please note in your story if you do not wish to have it published in the next newsletter.)
While you're there, check out the rest of the forums! They're a great way to learn about band events, alums, social events, and other VPB info in between newsletters!
The life of a Pep Band alum is (almost) never dull! Here's a brief smattering of alumni news. If you have news you'd like to have included in our next newsletter, please email caitlin.vogus@ orangevest.org.
The Kitchen Sink
There comes a time for most people when they're tired of making the same old drinks and want to make something new - but don't know what. You can look around online, try to find stuff that has things that you own in there, or you can try to make your own new drink up.
If you choose to do the latter congratulations! It's a fun thing to do, and like many worthwhile activities you only get better at it as you practice. There are several obstacles that you can run into and a lot of time for the novice drinkmaker that leads to a specific debilitating condition for the erstwhile drink - that of including everything but the kitchen sink.
What is the taste you're going for? You can't just start pouring stuff together and hoping it tastes good. In all odds, it won't, to be completely honest. Look at what you want to use and think of something good it might taste with - even if you haven't heard of a drink using that before. This can be influenced by other factors - for instance, a drink I'm trying to make for someone right now should use tequila, but I want it to be pink. So I've decided that something that might taste good with tequila, which might be an odd thing, is pink grapefruit.
What are the key components of the drink? Obviously, you have the main liquor - but what else are you going to add? Don't forget that drinks tend to get watered down by shaking or stirring with ice, so if you want to make small-sized portions and taste then adjust you'll need to add about 1/3rd of the volume you're making in water.
You don't want to forget bitters, too - bitters are to drinkmaking what salt is to cooking.
I look at what I have. I've got Tequila Ocho, which is a clear 100% Agave tequila that was sent to me as a sample. I've got Tropicana Pure Indian River Grapefruit juice, which is fairly if not completely pink. Finally, I've got pink Ting, a Jamaican grapefruit soda that in this case is also tempered with a bit of sugar and lemon juice. I know I'm going to use a bitters in it but I'm waiting to decide until I've tasted the other ingredients on their own.
Oh no! It doesn't taste like what I want it to taste like!
And this is when the kitchen sink comes in. You taste the drink and - ICK! Or maybe it's close but not quite. So you grab something else. Maybe you add in a bit of syrup, but that makes it a little too sweet and thick, so you temper that with some tonic water, which adds a different flavor you want to watch out for so...
Don't just keep adding things. When you do that you just make an absurdly complicated drink that is a mush of flavors - you want to keep the flavors vibrant yet working together nicely.
I made the first version of the drink. Equal parts tequila and grapefruit juice, topped with Regan's orange bitters and pink Ting. It just didn't really work.
So I stopped.
A couple of days later I hit from a fresh angle. I left out the grapefruit juice and the orange bitters. I turned the Ting into just a top. And I added two other ingredients - lemon juice and grenadine - which turned the drink into something quite tasty.
Thus, I present the Camper, named after the writer of Alcademics.com:
Shake the first four ingredients over ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and top with the Ting.
Delicious, and enjoy!
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