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Malcolm Gladwell Sets Off Debate Over Whether Good Campus Food Prevents More Aid for Low-Income Students

Malcolm Gladwell says trade-off exists between high-quality campus dining and admitting low-income students.

In his new podcast series, Revisionist History, he makes this point by contrasting Bowdoin College, which is regularly cited by campus guides for outstanding food, with Vassar College, where students tell him the food is mediocre. Both are elite liberal arts colleges, with highly competitive admissions, respected faculty members and beautiful campuses. But Vassar enrolls a much larger share of low-income students than Bowdoin, and Gladwell blames the gourmet food Bowdoin students enjoy.