Associate Professor of Political Science Russell Crandall spent two years in the Pentagon and the White House, working first for the Department of Defense and then as President Barack Obama’s national security aide for the Andes. Now he’s back in the classroom at Davidson, armed with new insights about political science on the front lines. Here, excerpts from a journal he kept inside—and outside—the Beltway.
Food has always been a big deal for college students. But today, it’s not just about sustenance—it’s becoming a main course in classes, politics, and plans for the future. Today’s student foodies follow an increasing number of alumni who are making food their business.
Kapoor arrived by bus from New York in autumn 1960, his belongings packed into one suitcase, his parents’ parting words of advice ringing in his ears: “Go. Study hard. Learn. Be a good person.”
What does it mean to be the first in your family to pursue a college degree? First-generation students share a basic unfamiliarity with college culture; their parents haven’t been able to tell them what it means to be a college student. They may also have troubles with academic preparation, study skills, and confidence.