Honest Rocker: Shawn Hogan

Shawn Hogan“The minute I saw ‘cur non’ and learned its meaning, I knew that a place full of spontaneous, enthusiastic, fearless people was where I wanted to be,” says Shawn Hogan. Fearless fits Hogan, and she’s just getting started.

  • BEGINNINGS: A native of Newtown, Pa., Hogan graduated from Council Rock High School North.
  • ACADEMIC FOCUS: Hogan intends to major in economics with a minor in environmental studies, a decision she made after talking with Gladstone “Fluney” Hutchinson, associate professor of economics, and Ed Gamber, Roth Professor and head of economics. Her interest in local economics and small business began when she worked at a locally owned organic ice cream parlor. “Talking with the professors made me realize how many of my deep-rooted interests have a strong basis in economic thought.”
  • WORLDVIEW: After her experience with Global Leadership Adventures in Cuzco, Peru, Hogan plans to join the Peace Corps after graduation. She helped villagers in Suncco build a greenhouse and plant a garden, taught English to children, and learned about the culture and languages. “It impacted my way of thinking more than any other singular event. I returned with a whole new perspective on my purpose in life.”
  • IN THE BAND: Hogan plays bass for Leoce, which has had gigs in Philadelphia, Bucks County, South Jersey, and Easton’s Porter’s Pub. She was on the Love, Hope, Strength School of Rock Tour from Philly to Connecticut this summer that encouraged sign-ups for the bone marrow donor database (she’s on the list). “Our music is what naturally comes out of us; I call it ‘honest rock.’ Music organizes emotions that words cannot, uniting people in beautiful ways.”
    • Book: Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test by Tom Wolfe
    • Movie: Forrest Gump
    • TV Show: That ’70s Show
    • Food: yellowfin tuna
    • Song (top 5): “Crab Eyes” by moe., “What I Am” by Edie Brickell, “Harry Hood” by Phish, “Snorkle” by Papadosio, and “Estimated Prophet” by Grateful Dead
    • Quote: “When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” —Jimi Hendrix
    • Last Word: “I’m most excited to meet awesome people and immerse myself in the differences among the Lafayette community.”