The “Shit [group members] Say” meme has finally arrived in Evanston.
The university-created “Stuff Northwestern Students Say” video is not bad. It’s not among the best. Casey is right for asking drama students to rise up and produce an unsanctioned take. But what Northwestern has now is a solid effort with some great lines. I’d probably recognize goodness in even more lines if I hadn’t graduated a decade ago. Ugh. Norbucks. Hogwarts. Shuttles on cell phones. Cell phones in general.
Anyway, overlooking how I move to closer to the grave every day, my favorite parts: everyone fleeing the Daily reporters, how boring every “When I studied abroad” tale ever is, finding doors locked (one of the odder NU phenomena, looking back), the speed of the quarter system, a-cappella dread, failing to cross Sheridan Road, and Anne Hathaway.
As the kids rattle off famous NU alums, one says, “Did you know that Anne Hathaway’s character in The Devil Wears Prada went here?” Yes.
That will be my contribution to Northwestern history, apparently. My junior year, I wrote a series of stories about university janitors that, through unexpected circumstances years later, put NU in the movie.
It’s always interesting how far a thread of information can go from its source. Eleven years ago, Northwestern officials didn’t like discussing the janitor negotiations. They wanted the story to disappear and for me to stop calling them. They downplayed their roles and claimed the issues were between the janitors and their contracting companies — even as they met with the contractors behind closed doors. But then the battle ended. Time passed. It became part of a Hollywood scene:
Between Hathaway, Meryl Streep, $327 million worldwide, and a reach that made even Italian teens dub the Daily Northwestern scene, a story the university hated grew distant enough to include in an official video.
Life is strange. Universities and information are strange as well.