Rosie Brown is adorkable.When she’s not running the Mexican–American cultural group, MEChA de Penn, this proud political activist can be found chilling outside McDonald’s. Here, she shares with us the meaning of life, her spirit dinosaur and why MexiCali needs to try harder. Want to see her talk about Magic: the Gathering? We’ve got a video here.
Street: There are two types of people at Penn…
Rosie Brown: Activists and people who don’t care. I feel like everyone has something they can be active about, whether or not it’s a big thing. It could be writing comments or speaking up in a class against something that is completely against your view. I’m not just talking about left–wing activists. I’m talking about people who are invested in what they believe in.
Street: What’s your most embarrassing travel story?
RB: Until I was about 17, whenever I would go anywhere outside 50 miles from my house, I would puke everywhere.
RB: Like, actually literally. I don’t know what it was. I think it was stress, and I would just get sick. Maybe that’s a bad thing to have in your paper.
Street: If you don’t mind, we don’t mind.
RB: Yeah, why not. That’s innocuous.
Street: If you can travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
RB: Um, well…
Street: Or in the universe?
RB: Ooh, the universe! Oh my god! Alright. So, in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, there’s this planet where everyone is the color blue. And they’re super intelligent beings. And I totally want to go there, because they’re super intelligent shades of blue.
Street: What is the meaning of life?
RB: Other than 42, I would say that it’s talking to people and hanging out.
Street: What’s better: American–Mexican food or Mexican–Mexican food?
RB: Mexican–Mexican food. Even as a vegetarian, it’s just so much better, because they use real stuff and they have corn. There’s something special about going to a place to get tacos and all the hot sauces have been sitting out since 8 a.m. and now it’s 2 a.m. It’s just better. I was complaining about that the other day at MexiCali: that they need to let their sauces sit out and become real.
Street: What’s your superpower?
RB: Making friends outside the bathrooms at McDonald’s. My favorite thing to do late at night is to sit by the bathrooms there and talk to the random people.
Street: What do you wish was your superpower?
RB: I usually would say X–ray vision, but I secretly think that would make you blind, because if you keep on looking through things, what would you see? Nothing. Otherwise, it would be teleportation because I could be everywhere. I want to teleport to a cloud, Mario style.
Street: If you were a dinosaur, which one would you be?
RB: I would want to be the Brontosaurus, because he’s really tall, and he’s also really long, and he’s also vegetarian. But he’s so huge that no one wants to fuck with him. Also vegetarian. That’s very important.
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