Education: Crime Wave on Campus

Officials at the University of California at Santa Cruz last week decided to award Alice Liu and Rosalind Thorpe their degrees posthumously at graduation ceremonies in June. Both students were murdered and their bodies dismembered last month, apparently after being picked up while hitchhiking between the campus and their apartments.

That announcement was a grisly, if extreme reminder that on many campuses the biggest problem today is crime—not student demonstrations or vandalism, but assaults, armed robberies and rapes. Such incidents have increased on campuses across the country by 50% in two years, according to John W. Powell, executive secretary of the International...

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