|1||Stanford University, CA|
|2||Pomona College, CA|
|3||Princeton University, NJ|
|4||Yale University, CT|
|5||Columbia University, NY|
|6||Swarthmore College, PA|
|7||United States Military Academy, NY|
|8||Harvard University, MA|
|9||Williams College, MA|
|10||Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA|
- President John Hennessy bragged about student-athletes. Stanford has won at least one national championship for 37 consecutive years. From 1976 to 2012, Stanford athletes won 143 Olympic medals, 71 gold.
- Multitalented Chiney Ogwumike is captain of the women's basketball team, and could well be selected as the top national player this year. She spent eight weeks in Nigeria (from where her parents came) to coach and teach underprivileged youths, has a freestyle rap video, Nerd City Kids, (go ahead, click on it!), sparking the Nerd Nation Movement, touting that you can be successful in both the classroom and court/field, and is mentored by Professor Condoleeza Rice, who, by the way, is the only female on the new 13-member College Football Playoff selection committee.
- Paramount to all the above is a feature article about Kenny Washington and Sigma Chi. In 1964 Congress passed the Civil Rights Act. In 1965 Washington was one of ten African-Americans in the freshman class. (Now up to 10%, but 21% Asians, and in my day I doubt if there were 10 Asians.) Founded in 1855, the national Sigma Chi never had a black member. The Stanford chapter asked him to join their fraternity. They were kicked out and only returned in l974. They forever opened up membership into fraternities/sororities. While Kenny (now Keni) suffered and possibly never graduated, he was an invited speaker at their 45th reunion last year. Washington criticized Mitt Romney, a freshman classmate. The final three paragraphs from the article:
I'll end with a photo taken 52 years ago at our graduation. John Laing (right) went into the Peace Corps, where he met co-PC wife Marie, and they adopted two children from the Philippines, where they were sent. They all now live in Austin, Texas. John went on to earn a PhD from the University of Chicago and spent some time at the East-West Center. Jim Seger was my freshman roommate, was shipped to the Ivory Coast for his Peace Corps assignment, learned French there (so he now annually lives in Paris for part of each summer) and now teaches English at the University of California at Berkeley.
As many of my closest classmates went into the Peace Corps, I had to do something similar. So while they commanded a monthly stipend of around $100/month, I got $500/month for attempting to save the Hawaiian sugar industry in Naalehu, the southernmost community of the USA. I failed, but I don't think they accomplished anything much better.