Ever since the release of Animal House in 1976, it’s been understood that a very important, almost vital part of any one’s College experience is the College Nickname. The movie introduced us to characters who have become pop culture icons, like Eric ‘Otter’ Stratton (Tim Matheson), Larry ‘Pinto’ Kroger (Tom Hulce), Donald ‘Boon’ Schoenstein (Peter Riegert), Kent ‘Flounder’ Dorfman (Stephen Furst), Daniel Simpson ‘D-Day’ Day (Bruce McGill) and of course John ‘Bluto’ Blutarsky (the late great John Belushi).
There are other important things about College. These include hard drinking, pranks and shenanigans, promiscuous and or experimental sex, routine drug use and… and uh… I know there was something else. But never mind that. The thing is that you can pretty much do all that stuff on your own, but you cannot give yourself a College nickname, otherwise we’d all be like Super Stud or something. Someone has to give you a College nickname.
But what if you’re a freshman, socially awkward, studious or if you do not routinely hang out with frat boys or sorority girls? Getting someone to give you a College nickname might take a while and the lack of a college nickname may in fact detrimentally affect your entire College experience!!
No worries! Hillel (you know, the foundation for Jewish campus life?) comes to the rescue with their “What’s Your College Nickname” Contest and Nickname generator. Just fill out a simple form and the Hillel Web site will grant you a genuine (somewhat Jewishy) College nickname. Afterwards you can fill out an entry to win a 1 gig iPod Nano or some other stuff. The Nano is sweet, but everyone is a winner as the nickname truly allows you to begin your College career with gusto!
Feel free to share your nickname with us. Mine was “Meister!”