Universities: Reaching for the Pie

Early one morning last week, Lyle Nelson, Stanford's director of university relations, flew into Washington's Na tional Airport, and immediately conferred with his friend Charles Forbes, a lawyer who represents California's asso ciation of independent colleges and universities. Together, they went up to Capitol Hill for a quiet chat with one of California Senator Thomas Kuchel's aides. Later Nelson talked by telephone with one of the state's Congressmen, J. Arthur Younger. After lunching with a well-connected Stanford alumnus in Washington, Nelson boarded another plane and flew off to a meeting of university publicists in Boston.

In the course of a...