The Buzz

Dancers in the Motley

From impressive scholarships to “fiendishly bright students,” here’s what people are talking about on campus:

Sixteen Scripps College students have been named Fulbright Finalists. While we can’t release their names until they receive final confirmation of placement in their host countries, odds are good that a high percentage of them will travel abroad as Fulbright Scholars, starting this summer, according to Professor Thierry Boucquey, the College’s international scholarship advisor. In 2009, eight Scripps students were confirmed Fulbright Scholars from an undergraduate population of 940. To put this in perspective, UCLA, with approximately 26,000 undergraduates, had nine Fulbright Scholars in 2009; USC, with approximately 17,000 undergraduates, had eight Fulbrights, the same number as Scripps.

National Merit ScholarsAs a future site for a new residence hall, the College is considering the north-east side of campus where the service building and adjacent parking lot are currently located. The site offers views of Alumnae Field and Mt. Baldy and is close to both Harvey Mudd and Pitzer Colleges — an attractive site, especially convenient for those students with classes or close friends at these colleges.

The Motley Coffeehouse is a constant crowd pleaser — as a place to buy refreshing drinks, read, or nap on one of the cushy couches. Creative students have also found it a perfect place to practice ballroom dance moves to the ever-present music. At right, barista Peyton Scott ’13 and Matthew Jamison (HMC ’11) provide a visual diversion for customers waiting in line.

In the remarkable Class of 2014, there are 24 National Merit Scholars, more than double the number of the nation’s other leading women’s colleges, combined.

Columnist David Brooks presented a mix of humorous personal anecdotes and serious political commentary at the fifth annual Elizabeth Hubert Malott Public Affairs Program, in Garrison Theater on February 8. Earlier that afternoon, he had lively conversations and dinner with a number of Scripps students. In an online blog discussion with fellow New York Times columnist Gail Collins, Brooks wrote: “I’m now at Scripps College in Claremont, California…This is a really impressive women’s college filled with an amazing number of fiendishly bright students.”

CAPTION: Eight of Scripps College’s 24 National Merit Scholars in the Class of 2014 take a break between classes outside Malott Commons. Clockwise from center front, Edith Adams, Priyanka Chary, Katherine MacDonnell, Tatiana Bradley, Madeleine Bulkow, Chelsea Carlson, Caitlin Powell, and Shane Zackery.

 

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