Hardly had Selective Service brought out its new scheme to defer bright college students (TIME, April 9) when everybody began talking at once. In all the din, it was hard to find anyone who was really for the idea. Presidents of the Ivy League's Big Three all declared against it: Harvard's Conant called it undemocratic; Princeton's Dodds said it was wrong for the nation; Yale's Griswold, less opposed to it, feared that all the hubbub would fan "anti-intellectualism."

Selective Service Director Lewis B. Hershey still insisted that the plan was flexible and...

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