Mr. Ryan Hubbell
By Jackson Santy ’13
Mr. Kelly’s question from May 2012’s “Teacher’s Pet:” What did you want to be when you were young?
Oh that’s good. This is super nerdy but I wanted to be a paleontologist.
I had all these “Nova” and “National Geographic” documentaries about dinosaurs that I would watch.
I was really into paleontology.
What were you like in your angsty teenage years?
I was angsty in the sense that I thought I was so mature, like an old soul who was super wise.
I thought I understood life and important things like philosophy and transcendentalism. I think that might have come off as sort of annoying at some points to a lot of people.
Have you ever considered stealing Mr. Valadao’s job and teaching philosophy?
That’s his turf, I’m not gonna stomp on it.
I actually was a philosophy major in college before I switched to Women’s Studies. The reason I switched was because I had a class in philosophy where I had to write two papers, one was why numbers didn’t exist and the other was why colors didn’t exist.
After that I was like “uhh, no thanks I’m done with this.”
If you could pick this year’s Summit topic without any input from the administration, what would you choose?
The exact one we’re having this year.
Last year we talked about masculinity, which covers a lot of gender issues. This year we’re talking about the opportunity gap which covers a lot of class issues.
If I had my way next year we’d talk about race. It would be like a trilogy of race, class and gender and that’s right up my alley.
This year’s topic was by far my first pick.
Where did you go to college?
I went to ASU for my undergrad, that’s Arizona State.
For my graduate school I went to SUNY Stony Brook in New York.
What were the coolest classes you took in college?
Some of them had titles I can’t repeat but I really liked “Sociology of the Body,” “Gender and Sexuality in Modern Culture.” I took a class on contemporary feminist theory that I really liked.
“Masculinity and Violence” was another course that I really liked.
I’m sure you’ve heard the rumors of Mr. Zach Widbin bringing his kitten to school last year that caused Xavier students to flock over to Piper.
(Laughs) No I haven’t.
Do you think the same thing will happen with your newborn baby?
Hey man, Hudson’s his own man; if people flock to him it’s only because he’s that good.
If people flock they flock, I can’t control that.
I have that same problem; it’s a gift and a curse. What’s one piece of advice you want to give your son?
Oh man, that’s good.
It sounds super cliché but when you’re a father, the clichés start ringing in more and more true and you see a lot more value in them.
I think that the number one piece of advice if I had to give it right now would be “be true to yourself.” Sounds like super Hallmark cardy, but I think it’s essential.
What would you do if your son ended up going to Brophy and had you as a teacher?
That would not happen, first of all.
Second of all, I would make sure he did his homework because he’s sitting at the same dinner table as I am.
I’d probably be really intimidated to teach him actually.
I’ve heard rumors that the bicycle you ride to school is actually a Transformer, is this true?
Absolutely—but don’t print that, that’s off the record.
Freedom of press man, it’s out there, I’m tweeting it right now. Follow up; is it an Autobot or Decepticon?
Oh absolutely Autobot, are you kidding me?
What’s your opinion on the new Justin Bieber album?
My opinion is that I don’t need to have one about it.
Pose a question for next month’s teacher?
I actually gave this a lot of thought.
I think the one I’m going to go with is “What is an essential piece of clothing that every man should have?”