Professor Who Beat Cantor Has Dress Code for Students
No jeans or flip-flops in David Brat's economics class
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 12, 2014 3:47 PM CDT
David Brat campaigns in Richmond, Va., before the primary.   (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

(Newser) – David Brat tells CNN that he needs a few days to "decompress" after his stunning upset of Eric Cantor. "I literally have a thousand emails, a thousand voicemails so I'm just trying to catch up on everything," he says. In the meantime, news outlets continue to ferret information about him via his role as economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., and one well-trafficked piece at the New Republic notes that he insisted on a formal dress code for his students. As in, no jeans, flip-flops, or hats.

“It was important to him to make sure that we were business-ready,” says one former student. She adds that "all the girls on campus have a crush on him," while a male student describes him as "suave." Generally speaking, Brat is well-regarded as a teacher—as his reviews at Rate My Professor attest—and a 2004 syllabus for his course on economic justice provides "some clues into the kind of teacher Brat was," observes the New Republic. It includes required reading by authors such as Plato, John Locke, Brat himself, and God (for the Bible). Click to read about Cantor's philosophical take on his loss.

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NorCalHal
Jun 14, 2014 11:13 PM CDT
I think ALL public schools (elementary & high) should have dress codes, if not standard school uniforms at least strict guidelines / restrictions on what you can't wear... Private colleges should have the right to set their own attire and appearance requirements.
FrankFurter
Jun 14, 2014 4:07 AM CDT
Of course he has a dress code, it distinguishes us from them, that is how we gain power. People change, some never do, Tropical Islands.
baldpirate
Jun 13, 2014 9:23 AM CDT
If I pay an institution of learning to teach me, I don't expect to have a fashion diva tell me what to wear to class. Just do your damn job as described in your hiring packet! Oh, congrats on the upset of the Century. You'll fit right in with the other D.C. douche bags!