College conjures up images of all-you-can-eat dining halls, midnight runs for pizza, tubs of ice cream in the dorm-room fridge, and ethnically sensitive burritos. I remember working in the dishroom of a dining hall as a student and grabbing trays of half-eaten burgers and pancakes from the conveyer belt, dumping all the mess into large trash cans. If anything, college is associated with an excess of food, where students gain the “Freshman 15.”
Recent research on hunger at colleges opens serious questions about those assumptions.
Richard Price always had an entrepreneurial bent. He started a cake business in his mum’s kitchen during a summer break from his doctoral program at Oxford, eventually converting it into a sandwich-delivery service after realizing people only ate cake once a week. Then, when one of his philosophy papers took three years to get published, Price channeled his business interests into a new venture aimed at streamlining that academic process.
After finishing his DPhil (the English equivalent of a Ph.D.), Price raised venture capital in London and moved to San Francisco to start Academia.edu in 2008.
College presidents are coming from the corporate world. Why? And can they handle a student protest?
The latest Sesame Street initiative—Sesame Street and Autism: See Amazing in All Children introduces the program’s first autistic Muppet, Julia, as part of an effort to teach kids about autism. It’s pretty great.
I wrote about it for the Atlantic.
This week, I did a pro-and-con piece for the Atlantic about the influx of international students in American colleges.