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October 2 - October 8, 2003
Volume 48    Issue 4
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Aztec Press Staff Profile: Justyn Dillingham

Interview by Tim Runestad
Aztec Press

Justyn Dillingham, 21, Editorial Editor, long-time reporter, copy-editor, critic, name-dropper, wise guy, scourge of conservativism and resident all-around contrarian at the Aztec Press.

Q: How long have you been on the Aztec Press staff?
A: Since Spring 2002.

Q: What's your program major?
A: Right now it's journalism. I've been told that it's not a very impressive-looking degree if you're a journalist so I've been thinking of switching to Home Ec. Is that even a major?

Q: It should be. I'd take it. Where you from?
A: Tucson, Arizona. Ever heard of it?

Q: Funny guy. How long would you like to remain here?
A: I'll be out of here as soon as they take these handcuffs off.

Q: O-kay. Where would you like your writing to take you?
A: I'd like to see the world - London, Calcutta, Paris, New Zealand. Not in that order. I don't know if my writing will necessarily take me there, but I don't think it'll stand in the way. Unless my next editorial calls for the king of India to be beheaded or something.

Q: Does India have a king?
A: Beats me. If they don't have one, I'll gladly volunteer for the position.

Q: So when was the last time you got a haircut?
A: I was actually going to get one today. People keep mistaking me for their sheepdogs. One guy tried to feed me a doggie biscuit. I told him it wasn't my brand.

Q: I'm waiting for the rimshot. Your political sensibilities are well known to readers of the Aztec Press. What was the most harrowing criticism you've ever received in print or in person?
A: Someone said I was so genetically twisted I couldn't even write a straight piece for the classified section. He might have meant it as a compliment, though.

Q: You spend a lot of time ranting about the Bush administration. If you and W. were neighbors, would you let him watch your house while you were on vacation?
A: Only if he let me watch his house when he went on vacation. I'd throw a wild weekend bash and invite Clinton over to play the sax. Then we'd leave Al Gore to clean up the mess.

Q: What about borrowing your records?
A: Whoa, no way. There are relatives I'd rather lend out than my records.

Q: What has been your most memorable moment at the Aztec Press?
A: Last year a bunch of us stayed overnight in that room at the Clarion Hotel that's supposed to be haunted. We were hoping we'd get a story out of it but nothing materialized, so to speak. The other memorable moments I can't tell you about.

Q: Why not?
A: I plead the Fifth.

Q: You can only plead the Fifth if you haven't answered any questions yet, so fess up.
A: Get away from me, you sleazy, pandering, prying hack! What kind of vile, degraded rag do you write for?

Q: The Aztec Press. Ever heard of it?
A: Sure. Best damn newspaper in the country.

Q: Really?
A: Well, at least in the county.

Q: Uh huh. And when you say "county," I bet you mean "college."
A: Yep. Best damn newspaper for at least fifty meters around!


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