Students: Lessons in Mind Blowing

The six-year-old U.S. Student Press Association is composed of some 400 college newspapers that exchange campus news and maintain a four-man Washington bureau. When the association held its annual conference in Washington this month, its members had every reason to suppose they would discuss the state of the world in a rational fashion. The conference organizers, however, had something else in mind. "In the past," said onetime University of Toronto Student David Lloyd-Jones, 24, "the conferences have followed the conventional authoritarian pattern. This year we were resolved to change it."

What resulted was sheer anarchy. For the first general session...

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