Education: The Pursuit of Knowledge

U.S. higher education received an unusual recruit last week. "Sunny" Ainsworth, 20, thrice-married seventh wife of Playboy Thomas ("Tommy") Franklyn Manville Jr., breezed across the University of Chicago's sweltering campus to take her three-hour aptitude test, first hurdle on her way to matriculation. Sunny was as refreshing as a breath from the Pump Room.

She was also something of a challenge to the University of Chicago's new placement-test system for college candidates, which is itself a challenge to the oldfangled college-entrance system.

Last month Chicago's President Robert Maynard Hutchins threw up the window...

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