Mini Reunion at NYC Media Event

Alex Scaggs '09, left, of Dow Jones Newswires and Michael Morella '10, right, of U.S. News & World-Report chat with Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio '76 after all three participated in a media dinner featuring college presidents and national journalists.

Alex Scaggs '09, left, of Dow Jones Newswires, and Michael Morella '10, right, of U.S. News & World-Report, chat with Washington and Lee University President Kenneth P. Ruscio '76 after all three participated in a media dinner featuring college presidents and national journalists.

Washington and Lee journalism majors Alex Scaggs, Class of 2009, and Michael Morella, Class of 2010, joined about two dozen other national journalists who quizzed college presidents, including W&L President Kenneth P. Ruscio '76, during an event sponsored by Arizona State University, at the Penn Club in New York City, on Wednesday night, Nov. 14.

The biannual media dinner, which celebrated its 25th anniversary, brings together college and university presidents and media for a free-wheeling, on-the-record session about current issues in higher education. Washington and Lee's Ruscio was one of 10 presidents who participated.

Alex is a reporter with the Dow Jones Newswires and covers breaking news for Dow Jones and the Wall Street Journal. She covers the equity market for Dow Jones. Michael is an associate editor with U.S. News & World Report, where his assignments have varied from UFO sightings to road trips to college campuses.

During a two-hour dinner, the journalists quizzed the college presidents on everything from MOOCs (massive open online courses), to costs and price, to the role that colleges and universities should play in improving race relations, to their thoughts on the fiscal cliff.

The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, TIME magazine and CBS "Sunday Morning" were among those represented at the event.

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