Education: Trouble in Louisiana

That terrible Northerner, General William Tecumseh Sherman, was the first president of Louisiana State University. During the Civil War, he told the Unionists to spare the school from war's hell. As a result, L.S.U. never really knew what trouble was until Huey Long came along.

Huey never went to college, but he knew what he wanted. With the help of his hand-picked president, big, thick-skinned James Monroe Smith, he spent $13,500,000 on a building plan, blew another $3.5 million a year for such furnishings as professors, a football team, a country club for the students, a highbrow quarterly, and a university mascot—a...