Podcast: Erin Lowe ’23, Dickinson’s First Truman Scholar

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Erin Lowe is currently studying abroad, through Oxford University's Mansfield Visiting Student Program.


We meet Erin Lowe ’23, the first Dickinsonian to earn a prestigious Truman Scholarship, which supports the next generation of public service leaders.

Plus, we’ll head to the theatre to find the answer to puzzlemaster and Associate Professor of Mathematics Jeff Forrester’s latest puzzler.

Also, President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11, reflects on the class of 2022’s Commencement.



Erin Lowe ’23, Truman Scholar

We talk with Erin Lowe ’23 about her journey in public service, her Truman Scholarship and her time as an visiting student in Oxford University’s Mansfield College.

Puzzler Answer: “An Evening at the Combinatorial Theater”

The answer to our puzzler is 3840. How do we arrive at such a large number? The easiest way to see this is to first seat the couples from left to right. There are 5 couples, so the number of ways this can be done is 5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 120. That is, any of the five couples can be seated first, then there are 4 remaining couples for the second pair of seats and so on until the five couples are seated. Once we have seated the couples, each pair can sit in one of 2 ways. There are five couples, so there are 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 x 2 = 25 = 32 ways this can be done. Thus, the total number of arrangements is 120 x 32 = 3840.

President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11

President John E. Jones III ’77, P’11, talks about his recent participation with the nonpartisan group Keep Our Republic; invites Dickinsonians near and far to join Alumni Weekend; and shares his wishes for the class of 2022.

Life Beyond the Limestone: Class of 2022

Members of the class of 2022 share their plans for Life Beyond the Limestone.

The Good is produced by Craig Layne and Christine Baksi in association with Dickinson College's Office of Marketing & Communications. Craig Layne is the host. The podcast's theme music was composed by Jong Ho Choi '18

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Published May 26, 2022