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The Waiting Room: View from a Car Dealership


I had an 8 a.m. appointment  for a car repair, so here I sit with a cup of foamy hospitality coffee (“but tasty!”), watching Good Morning America, bless my heart. I usually can’t abide this much relentless good cheer and sustained shrieking of the masses this early in the morning (or noon or night if truth be told) but I’ll count it as a warm-up up for my turn at the DNC later today, if all goes well here at the dealership. Cheer, cheer! Shriek, shriek! For now, I turned the volume way down and hid the remote under the newspaper while the other early patron was out of the room. She’s got an iPad, she’ll never go near that paper.

Her name is Vanessa. She showed me iPad pictures of her elderly father laying hands on candidate Obama at a bishop’s convention in St. Louis in 2008, shortly before her father died, and a picture of her 100-year-old grandmother, daughter of slaves, with a framed birthday card from the White House.

Out in macro-media world, Davidson connections already have imbued my perspectives this morning. On the way down Independence, I heard Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx ’93 give a shout out to alma mater on WFAE. And Jack Cobb ’85 and Bess Murchison Kercher ’93, offer dueling perspectives on all things Convention to the Charlotte Observer‘s op-ed page with their columns entitled, appropriately, respectively, Right Turn and Left Turn. So far, the conversation has been entirely civil and good-natured—reason enough these day, among many others, to be proud of fellow Davidsonians in the increasingly rough tumble of this nation’s public discourse.

Stay tuned….

This Just In: Davidson Students to Attend National Democratic Mayors Convention Today


Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx met this summer with Davidson students in the Sustainability Scholars program.

Rahael Borchers ’15 is moving way too fast to catch up with in person right now, but here’s to the powerhouse student organizer’s latest coup: Final approval came over at lunchtime for six Davidson students to attend the National Democratic Mayors Convention later today. They’ll be leaving within the hour “dressed to impress,” according to the forwarded email:

“Attire is business so dresses, skirts, dress slacks. It is a cocktail party. You will be greeting and checking in about 200 guests. We will be distributing menu cards when they arrive and gifts when they depart.” Guests will include Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx ’93, governors, members of Congress, White House officials and senior campaign officials.

Ho, Ho, Ho: Wildcat T-Shirts for China, A “Serviceable” Leland-Laugh Through the Decades, and An App for Over the River and Through the Woods


Ho, ho, ho, let’s see what Santa’s mailbag brings today:

• Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx ’93, recently home from China, writes home to alma mater: “Dear President Quillen and Dean Ross, I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you again for your gift of Davidson t-shirts for my trade delegation to China this past November. The trip was a great success and it was with a special pride that I presented the Davidson t-shirts to our Chinese hosts. Here is a photo of presentation of the Wildcat tshirt to the Mayor of Jiangyin, home to Jetion Solar, which has an assembly plant in Charlotte. I also presented a t-shirt to the Mayor of Baoding, which is Charlotte’s sister city of 25 years. Anthony Foxx”


• Library Director Emeritus Leland Park ’63 has been getting his civic engagement on, in Davidson and in Charlotte. A couple of weeks ago, he was awarded the Town of Davidson’s Jack Burney Award for Community Service—the town council meeting room was packed to overflowing, and the coffee cake was scrumpdillyicious—and now comes news of appointment to the board of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library system. Read‘s “With laughs and words, town honors Leland Park. Read The Charlotte Observer‘s “Leland Park is a Hero in Our Book.” Congratulations, Leland my friend, and friend to so many! (And forgive the overkill on the pictures here, it’s hard to resist the treasures one can find in the media files of my office mate Bill Giduz ’74.)

• Parents, if you’re traveling with the kids this holiday, you might want to check out the latest from Story Evans, mom of Abigail ’08 and Madeline ’12, Kids Games for All Ages to Play While Traveling or Waiting. Ho, ho, ho!

Update: Late-breaking Leland news below:



Breaking News—Davidson Goes to Washington, and Vice Versa


The parade of Davidsonians shuttling back and forth to Washington is soon to become a torrent of Beltway types shuttling back and forth to Charlotte. CNN is reporting this morning that Charlotte will host the 2012 Democratic National Convention. That’ll please Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx ’93, Will Miller ’78, and other local alumni who helped make it happen. Associate Professor of Political Science Susan Roberts will be talking to Charlotte TV station WCNC tonight about that. More to come.

In addition to a recent trip to the White House by Foxx, other Davidson professors have been making a splash in the nation’s capital.

The lone non-poli-sci professor is R. Stuart Dickson Professor of Psychology Julio Ramirez, a neuroscientist, who has been named by President Barack Obama as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Huge kudos to Julio!

McGee Director of the Dean Rusk International Studies Program Chris Alexander  is shuttling to D.C. regularly these days as an advisor on current events in Tunisia. Alexander wrote Tunisia: Stability and Reform in the Modern Magreb (2010), and has been writing fast and furiously for Foreign Policy magazine and academic and governmental briefings in Washington. Go, Chris!

Associate Professor of Political Science Russell Crandall has returned home from his leave to serve as director of Andean Affairs in the National Security Council. Welcome back, Russ!

Finally, this morning, I ran into Professor of Political Science Ken Menkhaus over a bagel in the Davis Café at Union today. His next trip to D.C. is for a GAO briefing, and he continues his work with State, Defense, the FBI, and a slew and a stew of other government agencies. He said he’s learned to be careful how he phrases facts, for fear of fomenting interfamilial fighting amongst the acronyms.

It is politics, after all.

The Economist, NASCAR Illustrated, and Mayor Anthony Foxx ’93 at the White House


[Correction: The student-led Dinner at Davidson fundraiser for The Davidson Trust is not “later this month” as I erred in noting below. It’s February 19. I was writing in print-edit mode, see, only this is blog-edit mode content, and since it’s the end of January, which is almost February, see…. etc. Thanks to College Communications Fact Checker Extraordinaire Anna Prushinski! And we’ll have more soon on Dinner at Davidson!]

Where else in the world than Davidson College do you think jocks read The Economist alongside classics professors who subscribe to NASCAR Illustrated? Yes, Davidson is a veritable 21st-century cauldron of the latter-day liberal arts, a modern mashup of intellectual ideas and artistic expressions old and new evolving alongside one another in a complicated world. It is a fun place to try to keep up, even if sometimes it just wears me out. (Most fun does, done right, right?)

I spotted The Economist in the locker room after my habitual lunchtime spin on the bike to nowhere in the fitness center. The NASCAR Illustrated came to me when I bumped in to W.H. Grey Professor of Classics and Professor of History Peter Krentz, on his way back to his office from the union P.O. “I’ve already read this one,” he intoned, as he handed me his subscription copy of NI. So not only does he subscribe, he reads it before it even gets here. Wow. He’s even smarter than I thought. Krentz, author of 2010’s, The Battle of Marathon, teaches a first-year writing course on NASCAR. I wish he’d taught it my freshman year. Maybe it would help with the keyboard whiplash we get around here writing about all the campus calendar activity this time of year, not to mention alumni alerts about our alert alumni. Selling seashells. Anyway. Herewith, a few recent news bites:

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• Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx ’93 was on Newshour with Jim Lehrer last week to discuss his meeting with President Obama and the economic outlook for the country from a mayor’s prospective, at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting in Washington.

• John Swanson ’77 was on campus recently and reports that he has a son who will be appearing on this Friday’s broadcast of Wheel of Fortune.

• In preparation for their Dinner at Davidson event later this month to raise money for The Davidson Trust, students have started a Facebook page.

• “Davidson College” is a “most loved school.” I can’t tell you any more, but you could Google it if you wanted to.

• The Davidson College Chorale transported a full Lilly Family Gallery to Prague, Salzburg and Vienna earlier this week, as they shared excerpts from their winter break tour with faculty, staff and students gathered at Common Hour. Conductor Ray Sprague gave just the right touch of cultural context past and present, then let the students sing for themselves. At a certain point, a tear glistened upon my curmudgeonly cheek. Yeah, they’re that good. Check out the tour program; the highlighted parts are what we were fortunate to hear this week on campus.