5 Questions with Andrew Payne, FSU VP External & Academic Affairs

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1. If someone forced you to get a tattoo, what would it be, and why?
It would be some derivation of the wind, the direction southwest and water, because I'm a kite-boarder and a sailor. The place I go to, the best direction for the wind to blow, is southwest. It's warm, it's steady and it's usually sunny, so we all pray for southwest wind.

2. Where is the ideal restaurant in London for a first date?

Zen Gardens at Waterloo and Dundas. It's healthy, it's fun and usually not very busy, although I've never been at dinner time. The prices are good, the food is amazing and it's a bit of a cultural experience. If you're just trying to sort out the landscape, I think that's a great first place.

3. What is your idea of a perfect last meal?
Start with hors d'oeuvres of all kinds — a lot of cheese, a lot of crackers, along with both beer and wine. It's your last meal, you have to be able to choose. Definitely potatoes, baked with all the fixings, and lots of vegetables: there has to be asparagus, there has to be carrots, corn, peas, broccoli with cheese and some kind of meat beef tenderloin, or really good fish, like perch. Then you've got to have ice cream and pie for desser t, and a little mint afterward.

4. What's a service or event the FSU does that isn't well known?
This year we're adding extended health care, which includes vision coverage. People won't know about that because we haven't offered it before. Another thing that nobody knows about is legal services: if you get a student who gets into some trouble and can't afford a lawyer, the FSU has an agreement with Western Law school for legal advice or representation.

5. What movie most resembles your life?
The Big Lebowski , in that the main character is sort of ridiculous, yet sort of fumbles his way through to an understanding. I think the first scene was great: he's in a bathrobe, a t-shirt, shorts and sandals and he's buying milk with a cheque. I just saw it for the first time at the start of summer.