Education: Purge

On the highway near Olivet, Mich., a tiny (pop. 800) town where nearly everyone votes Republican and goes to the Congregational Church, there stands a welcoming sign: "Olivet, a village of friendly folk, home of Olivet College . . ." Last week, friendship was on trial in Olivet and in the coed college on the hill.

Trouble had been brewing for the past six months—ever since Aubrey L. Ashby (class of '08) had taken over as president. Brush-mustached, cigar-puffing Aubrey Ashby, 62, onetime vice president of the National Broadcasting Co., didn't like anything that...

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