On Friday afternoon, I was chatting with a friend in his office while college life went on outside his window: students walking across the upper quad, squirrels bounding across the snow. Suddenly, a dark shape streaked past the oak trees and crashed into a squirrel. A red-tailed hawk had found its dinner. I'd never seen a hawk at Kalamazoo College so it was a real surprise. I'm sure it was a bigger surprise to the student who was standing about 10 feet away when it happened.
I teach economics at Kalamazoo College. My wife is also an economist. We have a daughter who doesn't want to be an economist. We were in Uruguay for the 2006-7 academic year. My step-son majored in economics in college and is now studying accounting.