someone who was a contestant on Survivor 16: Micronesia?
|Contestant-related press and rumors
January 5 , 2008: CBS eventually gets around
to putting up their Survivor: Micronesia site,
which includes Eliza's marginally updated bio (below):
"Eliza SURVIVOR: VANUATU
Home Town: New York, NY
Occupation: Law School Student
Eliza Orlins was born in New York City to parents Susan and
Steve. She grew up splitting her time between NYC and China.
When she was four years old, she and her parents went to
Beijing where they adopted her sister, Sabrina. Sixteen months
later, her youngest sister, Emily, was born. Her father's
career moved them to Hong Kong where she spent two years
attending Hong Kong International School. Her family then
moved back to New York until 1995 when they moved to Washington,
D.C. In 2001, Orlins graduated from the Sidwell Friends School
where she ran varsity track and cross country. She also completed
the Marine Corps Marathon with the AIDS Marathon Training
Program her junior year. At Sidwell, she also wrote and edited
for the school newspaper and was the assistant director of
the spring musical "Damn Yankees."
In 2005, Orlins
graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree
from Syracuse University in international relations and political
science and a minor in Chinese. At Syracuse, she was a Dean's
Scholar and made Dean's List every semester. Orlins also
received Phi Beta Kappa honors upon her graduation. As a
member of Alpha Phi Sorority, she was the vice president
of New Member Recruitment, for which her chapter won the
award for best overall recruitment at their national convention.
is currently a third-year student at Fordham University School
of Law and will graduate with her J.D. in December of 2008.
At Fordham, Orlins participates in many school activities.
She describes herself as insanely over-committed, but happy.
She is the Co-Intraschool Editor of the Brendan Moore Trial
Advocates (Fordham's Mock Trial Team), the Co-Symposium Editor
for the Urban Law Journal and the President of the Fordham
Law Democrats. For the Moores, Orlins has competed in multiple
trial advocacy competitions, bringing home an individual
award for Best Opening Statement at the National Trial Advocacy
Competition held at Michigan State University in Fall 2006.
For the Urban Law Journal, Orlins and her co-editor are currently
planning a symposium on the constitutionality of lethal injection.
has worked for the Legal Aid Society, criminal defense division,
Onondaga County District Attorney's Office, a large New York
law firm, and interned for a New York Supreme Court Judge.
describes herself as an intense, vivacious, driven and politically-active
woman who loves reality television, sports, especially New
York and Syracuse teams, and her puppy Oscar. She says she
brings her competitive nature, athleticism and enthusiasm
Orlins currently lives in Manhattan with her
boyfriend Justin and her Yorkshire Terrier, Oscar. Her birth
date is December 25, 1982."
January 3, 2008: Entertainment
Weekly (mostly Dalton Ross) handles the cast-release
chores for Survivor: Micronesia. Included is Eliza's pre-show
interview and Probst's comments:
"THE RETURNING FAVORITES: ELIZA ORLINS
SEASON: Survivor: Vanuatu
ELIZA SAYS: ''I need to watch myself
a little bit in terms of talking so much. I think I should
do a little bit more listening.''
JEFF PROBST SAYS: ''Eliza is one of the most
enjoyable people to have on the show because she gets it.
Everybody knows Eliza will betray you at the drop of a hat,
and Eliza knows you know that. Eliza is a Favorite because
she can be so charmingly annoying. It's fun to watch Eliza
get mad, and it's fun to watch people get mad at her, and
she doesn't take it personally. That's the most beautiful
part about her; she knows it's only a game: 'I have a life,
I have a boyfriend, I'm going to be an attorney, I have a
dog, that's my life — this is only a game. Of course,
I'm going to try to cut your throat. I've got knives coming
out of every part of my body."
12, 2004: After
failing to win the final four immunity challenge, Eliza is
voted off by the other three remaining contestants (Chris,
Twila and Scout), and finishes in fourth place in Survivor:
Vanuatu. Her boots is the first in the season finale, Episode
August, 2004: Officially revealed as a Survivor:
Vanuatu contestant on CBS's The Early Show.
From her official CBS bio:
"Eliza Orlins was born in New York City, where she grew up
when not traveling to China with her family. When she was
four years old, she and her parents went to Beijing, where
they adopted her sister, Sabrina. Sixteen months later, her
youngest sister, Emily, was born. Her father's career moved
them to Hong Kong, where she attended Hong Kong International
School. A couple of years later, her family moved back to
New York until 1995, when they moved to Washington, DC She
attended the Sidwell Friends School where she ran varsity
track and cross country. She participated in the Marine Corps
Marathon with the AIDS Marathon Training Program her junior
year. At Sidwell, she also wrote and edited for the school
newspaper and was the assistant director of the Spring Musical
during her senior year. Last summer, Orlins interned at the
Legal Aid Society in New York City.
Orlins is currently a
senior at Syracuse University, where she is working a dual
major in international relations and political science, with
a minor in Chinese. She is a Dean's Scholar and has made
Dean's List every semester. She is in the process of applying
to law school and intends to be a public defender after graduation.
She's a member of Alpha Phi Sorority and was the vice president
of New Member Recruitment, for which they won the award for
best overall recruitment at their national convention.
Orlins is also a member of the
Golden Key Society and the National Society of Collegiate
Scholars. She is currently working on her Honor's Thesis
and will graduate in May 2005.
describes herself as an intense, vivacious, driven and politically
active woman who loves reality television, sports and eating.
She says she brings her competitiveness, speed, swimming
skills and enthusiasm to Survivor: Vanuatu. She
believes that she can be the Sole Survivor because 'people
will underestimate me.'
Orlins has been dating her boyfriend,
Justin, for four years. Her birth date is December 25, 1982."