Education: The General Takes Command

When it was all over, the Hon. Sir David Smith, chancellor of the University of New Zealand, confessed to a vague feeling of disappointment: "Not a single joke! I rather prefer the way we do it in our British universities—more zest." Last week's inauguration of Dwight D. Eisenhower as president of 194-year-old Columbia University was as solemn as a funeral, as impressive as a coronation, and as carefully mapped as an invasion.

As the bells of St. Paul's Chapel tolled the zero hour (2 p.m.), a 700-man academic task force debouched from Nicholas Murray...

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