“The wealth of your parents should not dictate your opportunities in life. And we would be doing a disservice to this country and the amazing young people in it if we didn’t make Davidson available to all of them, independent of their financial circumstances,” Davidson President Carol Quillen said in an interview with CNBC.
I could not agree more – the poverty cycle that so many have written about has its roots in a cyclical lack of education. Davidson is a first-mover in higher education that is seeking to break the link between a family’s income and their children’s education. There can be no doubt, the Davidson Trust has quickly become a cornerstone of Davidson College.
Dinner at Davidson is a student-led initiative started by Jordan Starck and currently headed by John David Merrill that seeks to support The Davidson Trust. It is something that I volunteered with last year and will continue to work for going forward – in the past three years, since its inception, our fundraising has increased from $3000 to $50,000 per year, allowing us to provide three scholarships to students in the Class of 2016 to be at Davidson.
Nate Silver, an independent statistician whose blog is featured by the New York Times, wrote an interesting article, “The Statistical State of the Presidential Race”, which I would recommend to anyone who is interested in how the election currently stands, and where things are likely to end up on November 6th.
Many people are right to approach such analysis with apprehension, as much of today’s political commentary carries with it some degree of bias, but I have personally found his breakdown of the election to be fairly objective and interesting. In general, late September polls tend to be the most accurate – even more so than October polls – and have predicted the correct candidate in 8/10 of the most recent elections.
Here’s a snapshot from another great source for political news, RealClearPolitics, that aggregates many polls and also shows Obama with a lead. While we still have 40 days and the debates left to go, if I had to guess today I would say Obama is here to stay for another 4 years. Only time will tell.
A very interesting article by the Washington Post that speaks to different conceptions of efficiency that Republicans talk about a lot. I agree with the notion that the number one priority in terms of market regulation by government should be to focus on efficient markets, not pandering to individual businesses (or lobbies thereof) that have their own interests at heart. The example they cite of the present state of our patent system is an excellent one – the current system stifles innovation, yet established businesses spend millions per year in lobbying to preserve it because it preserves their interests.