Hot Bench: Ben Elron '20


Ben Elron ‘20

 Ben Elron ‘20

Ben Elron ‘20

Have you ever had a nickname?

I grew up being called Belron, it’s always a bit confusing when people call me Ben. 

 

Where did you grow up?

Charlottesville, Virginia. 

 

What is your favorite quote?

“What’s next?” –Jed Bartlet

 

What’s the best meal you’ve ever had?

I once spent a month wilderness-kayaking in the Kenai Fjords. Tents, sleeping on icebergs, no resupplies, the whole nine yards. After week three, we were eating nothing but preserved/powdered food. On our final day we walked straight from the dock to the closest restaurant––some random pizzeria in Seward, Alaska restaurant–– and ordered an entire pizza each. We all got very sick, but it was still the best pizza I’ve ever had. 

 

If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be and why?

Dr. Blasey Ford, so I could give her a hug and a high five. 

 

What’s your favorite hobby to avoid the stress of law school? 

I work as an Emergency Medical Technician on the local Rescue Squad, which is actually quite stress-reducing. I think it has something to do with taking something that’s wrong and fixing it (vs. the law, where we take things that are wrong and argue about them). 

 

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

Anywhere without cell phone service. Usually Ontario. 

 

What did you have for breakfast this morning?

Pav machine-coffee and those fruit snacks in Student Affairs. 

 

What’s your least favorite sound?

Engine-out in an airplane (I’m a pilot). 

 

If you owned a sports team, what/who would be the mascot?

It would be a team of Battling Robots, and the mascot would be Kristen Stewart. 

 

Blueberries or strawberries?

Whichever one they decide to throw on the firm reception cheeseboard. . .

 

What is the best concert you have ever been to?

John Legend at a small, private event in San Francisco. He was great, but it was the best concert because of the person I was with. 

 

What’s your favorite thing to do in Charlottesville?

Close out the Virginian. I was raised in Charlottesville, but I grew up standing on those booths. 

 

What animal do you most identify with? 

Human. 

 

Backstreet Boys or *NSYNC? 

Justin Timberlake is as close to perfect as pop celebrities can get. 

 

What’s your favorite food(s)?

Egg and feta bagel at Bodo’s (THE MAGIC IS IN THE FETA). Also, bacon-wrapped dates at Mas, house dressing at Take-it-Away, anything at Lampo. Alternatively, anything I get to eat while sitting next to good people. 

 

If you had to pick one song to play non-stop in the background of your life, what would it be?

“Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” by Baz Luhrmann.

 

What’s the longest. you’ve gone without sleep and why?

42 hours during a search-and-rescue for a lost child (we found him). 

 

If you won the lottery, what would you do with it?

Drive to CVS, buy a disposable camera, take a picture of the ticket (so it doesn’t exist digitally anywhere). Drive to Bank of America, open a safety deposit box and put it in there. Immediately find a lawyer with expertise in this matter and fly to see her. Tell nobody. Claim the prize in the name of a trust a day before the deadline. Found a new political party, take control of the House and pay off Trump’s taxes as a gesture of goodwill. . .(jk). 

 

If you had Matrix-like learning, what would you learn?

How to go back and take the Blue Pill. 

 

If you could be in the winter Olympics, which sport would you compete in?

Triwizard Tournament (which I would have founded using my lottery winnings). 

 

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Ben Elron

ebe8ca@virginia.edu