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2 New Jersey students among latest Rhodes scholars

November 18, 2018

Two students from New Jersey, Princeton senior Nicolette D’Angelo and U.S. Naval Academy senior Margaret Dods, are among the latest group of U.S. Rhodes scholars heading to Oxford University in England next fall.

D’Angelo, of Hewitt, New Jersey, is studying classics and said in an emailed statement she hopes to help broaden the audience for the field and show “the relevance of antiquity” to today’s world, eventually becoming a classics professor.

“We prize concepts like democracy, columned architecture and philosophy from the ancient past, but we also can trace back to this time some of our most unsavory societal norms today: for example, the exclusion of women and other marginalized voices from power,” she said. ”... . I hope to inspire budding classicists and non-classicists alike to examine and interrogate the global reception of ideas from the amazing yet deeply troubling worlds of Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.”

Officials said D’Angelo is also editor in chief of The Nassau Literary Review, the university’s undergraduate literary magazine, and teaches Latin to elementary school students.

Officials say Dods, of Linwood, New Jersey, is majoring in English and Arabic. She serves as battalion commander, leading 750 of her peers, and has completed three marathons. Now training for a Marine Corps commission, she plans to pursue a modern Middle Eastern studies degree at Oxford.

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