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March 4, 2004

Stanford Daily

As the grand prize winner of the national “MTV and mtvU Free Ride Contest,” sophomore Jeff Orlowski received a $50,000 college scholarship and a hybrid Toyota Prius. The competition, held by MTV: Music Television and college television network mtvU, celebrated higher education and the pursuit for a cleaner environment by awarding the means to make a difference and an environmentally friendly way to get around, according to the press release.

“It was a really cool prize,” Orlowski said. “Because of the scholarship money and the car, I thought it would be worth my time to apply.” The 16- to 25-year-old applicants completed two essay questions about the environment and how music has impacted their lives. The essays were judged by MTV, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the rapper Nas to choose the grand prize, first place and second place winners.

In his essay, Orlowski discussed his experience with Talisman, the a capella group he manages. Orlowski said the cultural significance of the music has given him a different more global perspective and has shaped his views of the world. Orlowski’s involvement with music started with playing the piano for ten years and developed when he began singing in Talsiman last year. “Talisman has played a huge role in my Stanford life and my life in general, connecting me to a huge world of culture and diversity of music, which is incredibly valuable to me,” he said. “They’re an incredible group of people from all over the world, and just sharing music with them has been one of best things at Stanford for me.” More

Posted by acapnews at March 4, 2004 9:01 AM

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