Education: Report Card

¶ Cornell had a distinguished visitor last week—Oxford University Don David Butler, who calls himself the world's first psephologist. That, says he, is a man who specializes in the study of elections; the word comes from the Greek for pebble ("You know how they used to hold their elections by dropping pebbles in a box"). Psephologist Butler admitted that the coinage was a joke, "but for all I know, the word may some day catch on."

¶ After studying the origins of more than 650 colleges and universities, Professor Albert Reiser tells in a new book (College Names; Bookman Associates, $3)...

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