Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Difference Between Claremont McKenna and Scripps College

Many people have asked me what the difference is between the Claremont colleges. Are they really all as conservative as Claremont McKenna? Are they all as liberal as Pitzer? Are they all as geeky as Harvey Mudd?

The answer to all of those questions is "no." But if you want to see the difference between
a college, look at what its alums or current students are up to.

Case in point:

Daniel Pawson (stay tuned for the exclusive Claremont Independent interview with him!) just got fourth place in Jeopardy! history for staying on the show for 9-straight days and winning a boat load of money. He credits his victory to being a double P.P.E and government major. He has most certainly earned a spot on the Tournament of Champions. Apparently, being on Jeopardy! has become something of a Claremont McKenna tradition dating back to Professor Pitney's bid.

By contrast, look at Scripps College student, Stephanie Bulger.
She's on the Bravo show, "Make Me A Supermodel!" She's an art student.

You can draw your own conclusions.


LP said...

Hmm. Are you genuinely implying that the best way to compare the colleges is by looking at game show participation?

Congrats on the AFF finalist status.

Charles Johnson said...

Thanks for the congrats. I'm not saying that it's a perfect predictor. I'm just saying that it doesn't hurt on the short hand.