Education: Toward Reform at Columbia

"Our style of politics is to clarify the enemy, to put him up against the wall," says Mark Rudd, 20, Columbia's leading advocate of student power. Unmistakably up against the wall following the student seizure of five campus buildings, the university last week all but suspended formal undergraduate classes and canceled final exams. At the same time, however, a sense of fresh purpose seemed to be infecting almost everybody on the Morningside Heights campus except Rudd and his radical followers.

The majority of students, faculty members and administration officials appeared to be genuinely...

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