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December 1, 2008 INTRODUCING ... St. Mary's Senior Men's Basketball Standout Calvin Wise

This week's "Introducing ..." featured student-athlete is St. Mary's senior men's basketball forward Calvin Wise.  The Bel Air, Md., native is currently second in scoring and first in rebounding for the undefeated Seahawks.

What is your background in the sport you play? I've been playing basketball since the age of 5.  For most of my youth, I played in Harford County youth leagues.  When I was about 13, I went into Baltimore City and played AAU.  There, I played for Bentalou, Madison, and Cecil Kirk.  I attend Calvert Hall High school and got cut from the freshman team my first year.  My sophomore year, I made junior varsity and we won the junior varsity M.I.A.A. championship.  My junior and senior year, I played varsity for Mark Amatucci and was team captain my senior year.  Two games into my senior year, I tore my meniscus and had to sit out the remainder of the year.  An old friend and current coach of St. Mary's College, Chris Harney, told me that he wanted me to play for him.  I committed to St. Mary's later on in the school year.

What is your favorite spot on campus?  My favorite place on campus is the waterfront down by the river.  It's a good place to go when I am stressed out and just want to relax.     

Other than your team, what organization (s) do you participate in?  Besides basketball, I am an orientation leader, mentor for the Multicultural Achievement Peer Program, and mentor for the Future Leaders of the World program at Spring Ridge Middle School.  When first attending St. Mary's, I have faced many challenges and adjustments.  As an orientation leader, I get a chance to assist first year students in making the transition from high school to college.  Same can be said for the MAPP program.  Unlike the orientation program; however, the MAPP program continues throughout the school year.  We help students adjust both academically and socially to St. Mary's by providing workshops and various activities.  As a mentor for the FLOW program, a couple members of our basketball team and myself work with middle school children on helping them prepare for their future.

What is the most important societal issue facing college students?  The most important societal issue facing college students is poverty.  As future leaders of America, it is upon us to help uplift the empoverished class.  In doing so, we will better America as a whole.  This can be done through education of not only children but adults also.  Everyone needs to be aware of the opportunites offered here in the United States.  As a member of a team sport, I strongly believe that you are only as strong as your weakest link.  

What is your major in college, and what is the most important thing you learned in that discipline?  My major is Economics.  Through my discipline, I have learned that proper financial management now is essential to ensure financial stability later.  By this, I mean it is never to early to start saving and investing for your future. 

Other than your family members, who was the most influential person in your life?  The most influential person is my life besides my family members had to be my high school coach, Mark Amatucci.  His classroom was the basketball court and he taught me how to be successful in the rest of my life.  While playing for coach Amatucci, I learned responsibility, perserverance, and how to be a leader.  He had a big role in molding me into the person I am today.

If you could give one piece of advice to elementary school children, what would that advice be?  If I could give one piece of advice for elementary school children, it would be to never give up on your dreams.  There are going to be people in your life who want to bring you down and stop you from achieving your dreams.  Most of the time they are jealous and do not want to see you succeed.

What is your favorite form of entertainment?  My favorite form of entertainment is music.  There is always a perfect song for whatever mood you are in.  I have an appreciation for all types of music, but I generally prefer hip-hop, R&B, some rock and alternative music.  I've always had a ritual since high school that before every game, I listen to "I can feel it" by DMX.

Outside of the Capital Athletic Conference, who or what is your favorite sports person or team?  My favorite sports person is Chris Paul. He finds a way to get himself and others involved in every game.  To me, this is the most important attribute to have in a teammate. 

Name three (3) people, real or fictional, living or dead, that you'd like to have dinner with.  Three people that I would like to have dinner with would be President-elect Barack Obama, Dave Chappelle, and Lupe Fiasco.  I would like to hear Mr. Obama's perspective of the future of America; Dave Chappelle would be there to keep the mood light; and Lupe Fiasco is my favorite musical artist and seems to have a very interesting view on life.