April 27, 2009
Brian and His Yale Sweater
Behind Brian Kupke’s preppy and seemingly conservative appearance lies one of the most dynamic and interesting people I have ever met. A close friend first introduced me to Brian in the fall of my freshmen year as the boyfriend of her older sister, Austin Philips, a tenacious, All-American Rower two years his senior. Brian’s origins in Leesburg Florida, and rumors of an NRA card in his wallet, a rarity at Colby, only added to his mystique. Over the last three years Brian and I have grown close and I thought it would only be fitting to write about this interesting character before he graduates next month.
Although not visible through his vintage Yale sweater and the case of 12 gauge rounds, both of Brian’s nipples are scarred from two years of housing stainless steal studs and a brass chain.
Upon arriving at Colby in the Fall of 2005, Brian switched from playing Defensive End to rowing four seat on Colby’s Varsity Crew Team. However, Brian’s extensive resume of athletic feats fails to translate into mano y mano ability, and yours truly trouncedhim in a spandex wrestling match last week despite his thirty pound weight advantage, 2-0.
Some of you may know Brian as Kuppykakes, a level 80 fury warrior on the Alexstrasza Server. Brian sacrificed many a cold Maine Night to achieve this prowess, and has recently retired from his account, ending a two year love affair with the World of Warcraft.
Over winter break, Austin’s next door neighbor, a Yale Alum, gave Brian this Whalerknits Yale Sweater from the mid 80’s.
Made in the USA, damn right!
Brian Kupke and His Yale Sweater (Picasa),
Brian Kupke Shooting From the Hip (Vimeo),