Colleges: A Man for Vassar

Alan Simpson, newly appointed successor to Sarah Blanding as president of Vassar College, once visited the San Diego Zoo. He was amused and distressed to find a sign reading "Don't feed the gibbons. They have a high susceptibility to dietary upsets." Simpson protested, "That sign ought to read, 'Don't feed the gibbons. It makes them sick.'" The flustered zoo people reworded their sign; they also gave Simpson a complimentary subscription to the Zoo News. What's more, he conscientiously read it.

As he encounters that rare species, the Vassar girl, Alan Simpson will no doubt remain a witty, candid and...

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