By Marion Harmon
Two Roads Diverged …
As Robert Frost’s poem “The Road Not Taken”
reminds us, we make choices about which path to follow. This issue
explores the paths chosen by a few people close to CSU, Chico.
When a broken ankle cut short Paul Zingg’s collegiate athletic
career, he chose a path in higher education. We follow his journey
from childhood through his academic career to his latest challenge:
president of CSU, Chico.
Alum Khaled Dudin, an Arab and a Muslim, spent 15 years in Chico.
Choosing a path “less traveled by,” he is now a combat
medic for the U.S. army in Iraq, and he finds himself in several
new roles—battalion interpreter, tribal negotiator, and liaison
with the Iraqi police.
When Janja Lalich joined the Democratic Workers Party in the 1970s,
she hoped to make the world a better place. What she didn’t
anticipate was the way in which this choice would change her life.
Now a sociology professor at CSU, Chico, Lalich uses what she learned
from her experiences as a cult member and her in-depth research
to help others understand why people follow cult leaders.
I hope you enjoy reading these diverse stories, and I encourage
you to send your own stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.