Dave Thomas, the founder of Wendy's, was an orphan immediately after his birth in 1932 in Atlantic City, N.J. Thomas never knew his birth parents and was adopted by a couple from Kalamazoo, Mich. (Her nickname was Wendy.)
Do not capitalize freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior when referring to individuals, but always capitalize names of organized entities: Sara is a junior this year. She's in the Junior Class.
Stairs can be darker than the floor, but they do not have to be. As long as your stairs complement your floors, you can make them any color you wish.
treble is the higher notes. bass is the lower notes, so increasing treble increases the volume of the higher notes and tones, just like increasing bass increases the volume of the lower notes and tones. Personally I'd say start with everything flat. Then listen to some songs you know well.