Education: Poisoned Ivy?

A notebook of campus woe

Here at last is the book for parents who have been bemused by the way their college-age children treat what was once regarded as academic Arcadia, the U.S. liberal arts college, as if it were a cross between a snake pit and a Marine boot camp. Lansing Lament's Campus Shock (Dutton; $8.95) is a reporter's notebook of horrors, gleaned from 675 interviews in the eight Ivy League schools, plus the University of Michigan, the University of Chicago, Stanford and Berkeley.

As Lament sees it, life in the early and mid-'70s in the $7,000-a-year Halls of Ivy was a...

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