I received many nice pens as gifts from my folks when I embarked on my university studies. I reckon pens would be inappropriate in this modern digital age. What about a book, say on how to guard against spies in campus? And why not? The parents may appreciate it given recent reports about foreign spies in American universities - and my personal encounters. American universities have been infected with foreign spies in the guise of students and researchers who were actually on a mission to steal government secrets and technological know-how for their home countries, the Daily Mail reported recently.