Allen's recent post on the graciousness of the Patrick Henry College student body has generated the beginnings of another debate regarding the college's supposedly ungracious response to Soulforce's spring '07 campus visit. For the record, I'm not here to reopen that ridiculous can of worms. If you want to see my opinion on the matter, I commented on Allen's post.
I am here, however, as an alumna of Patrick Henry to offer some thoughts about a school that has received a wide range of media attention, from praises to criticisms. I was once a student walking on campus, a debater in the audience... a graduate set loose in our nation's capital to "change the world." And I'd like to set the record straight for those of you who may be wondering what the college is really all about.
Hanna Rosin of the Washington Post recently published a book on PHC entitled God's Harvard -- tough title. I liked Hanna well enough when I met her several years ago, but my opinion of her quickly took a downward spiral when she referred to me in a New Yorker piece as a "Washington wi[fe] in waiting." Apparently she thinks I went to PHC to earn my M.R.S. degree. I guess she expected me to change the world one diaper at a time (not that there's anything wrong with that, but I'd like to think I went to college to learn to employ my brain both inside and outside my home, not just to find a mate.) Anyway, I digress.
As an alumna, I had hopes that Hanna's book would paint PHC in an accurate unprejudiced light, but perhaps that was foolish. She did no such thing. Thankfully David Kuo of Slate called her on the carpet for several of her prejudiced remarks. But Hanna's book has done one thing very well: it's illuminated the humanity of the student body.