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    Red-hot professors at SBU chat about their own love lives

    Compiled by: Will Rhino, Megan Spicer and Sara Sonnack

     

     Ann Marie Horbey, Writing Department

    Will Rhino (WR): Describe your perfect date.

    Ann Marie Horbey (AH): It’s been a long time.  We [Professor Horbey and her husband] like to go hiking, camping and backpacking.

    WR: What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for a significant other on Valentine’s Day?

    AH: Also been a long time.  Way back, I went into his bedroom.  I wrote on index cards the things I loved about him, and I put them up on his wall.  It was a heart of index cards.  An emblem of love.

    WR: Who’s your celebrity crush?

    AH: Not applicable.

    WR: How does it feel to know students find you attractive?

    AH:  That’s just life.  That’s the nature of being a young professional.  I was surprised.

    WR: How do you balance love and work?

    AH:  It doesn’t really require any balance.  We have similar goals in different fields.  We respecct what the other does and support each other in what we need.

    WR: How do you feel about being judged based on looks on ratemyprofessor.com?

    AH: I don’t go on ratemyprofessor.com  It was reported to me.  I find it amusing.

    WR: How do you plan on spending Valentine’s Day?

    AH: I don’t know.  It’s a surprise.  It’s his turn.

    WR: Do you do anything out of the ordinary to make yourself look more attractive on Valentine’s Day?

    AH: I wear red.

    WR: Have any students ever commented on your looks?

    AH: I taught high school, so yes.  Now, I’ve been complimented on the way I dress.  Most college students have more tact.

     

    Frederick Grine, Anthropology

    Megan Spicer (MS): Describe your perfect date.

    Frederick Grine (FG): It depends upon whether you are referring to an individual or an occasion.

    MS: What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for a significant other on Valentine’s Day?

    FG: A surprise African Safari – flying from Cape Town, South Africa to the Okavango Delta of Botswana for a week of game viewing.

    MS: What’s the most romantic thing someone has done for you?

    FG: Dinner on a private yacht in Dubrovnik, Croatia.

    MS: Who is your celebrity crush?

    FG: Courtney Cox.

    MS: How do you define love?

    FG: It is impossible to define, but you know it when you feel it.

    MS: How does it feel to know that students find you attractive?

    FG: I am blushing now!

    MS: How do you feel about being judged based on looks on ratemyprofessor.com?

    FG: As my father would have said, “Those than can, do; those that can’t, teach; and those that can’t teach can at least try to look good (or become an administrator).”

    MS: How do you balance love and work?

    FG: I don’t!

    MS: How do you plan on spending Valentine’s Day?

    FG: In the bush … in the Turkana Basin of Kenya.

    MS: Do you believe in love at first sight?

    FG: Sure, but then I also believe that the Earth is flat!

     

    Steven Reiner, Journalism

    Sara Sonnack (SS): What’s the most romantic thing you’ve ever done for a significant other on Valentine’s Day?

    Steven Reiner (SR): Write a special note. Say something special. Say something that, of course, is very private that I would not share with The Statesman.

    SS: Who’s your celebrity crush?

    SR: There’s so many. They change. I’ve always loved Kate Winslet. I prefer Jennifer Aniston to Angelina Jolie.

    SS: How do you define love?

    SR: I think love is the ability and the willingness and the desire to put someone else before yourself.

    SS: How does it feel to know students find you attractive?

    SR: It feels very good. Everybody behaves themselves.

    SS: How do you plan on spending Valentine’s Day?

    SR: Unfortunately, my wife has to work.  She’s in the fashion industry and this is fashion week in New York, so I will be out in Stony Brook attending “My Life As…” with my colleagues. My wife and I will delay it a couple of days. Of course, I’ll send flowers and a mushy card.

    SS: How did you become known as the “silver fox”?

    SR: Most years, the graduating seniors do a video at the spring journalism banquet. Four years ago, in that video, they talked about every professor, Selvin, Haddad, Ricioppo,  Dean McGinnis. They were saying things like, “Oh they’re so great,” and so on and so forth. When they got to me, one of the female students said, “Ahh, the silver fox.” That was the first time I heard it, along with like 75  other people. I didn’t know if I should take it badly that they weren’t talking about me as a professor. It was a little embarrassing.

    SS: Have any students ever commented on your looks?

    SR: No. Maybe the first year I got there. The first group may have mentioned that nickname that I got.

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