Students: Peaceful Revolutionary

Ira Charles Magaziner is a former Long Island pizza-eating champion who has prodded Brown University into some of the liveliest academic reforms in the U.S. He did it by sheer intelligence, without manhandling a single dean. Last month Magaziner delivered the senior class valedictory, collected his magna cum laude degree in an interdisciplinary program called Human Studies, twirled his Phi Beta Kappa key and looked ahead to two years at Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. Brown itself looked ahead to sweeping curriculum changes that might never have occurred without Magaziner.

Persuasive Logic. Unlike many campus radicals, Magaziner is a first-generation...

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