Education: Weeding the Ivy

For eight centuries, regulations have proliferated as fast as the ivy at Britain's tradition-loving Oxford University. Still technically on Oxford's books are Latin-couched laws forbidding gladiators, rope dancers and deer hunting on the premises. More irritating, because still enforced. are such medieval regulations as the one that imposes a midnight curfew on all undergraduates. Fighting the rules is generally futile. It is Oxford legend that when one modern undergraduate demanded the pint of ale to which he was entitled when taking examinations, the university proctors duly presented him with his tankard—together with a stiff fine for not wearing a sword, another...

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