In 1969, The Times sent one of its best and most respected writers, Art
Seidenbaum, on a tour of California college campuses: UCLA, USC,
Stanford, UC Berkeley and someplace called San Fernando Valley State.
The resulting series for West magazine was later published in
Seidenbaum’s book "Confrontation on Campus."
So in honor of all those who are taking their kids back to campus for
the fall, here’s Part 7 of Seidenbaum’s "The Troubles With Students" in
which he visits Stanford and chats with an earnest history major named Philip Taubman, now an associate editor at the New York Times. The dress code is Army
fatigues and beards for the men; serapes and tights for the women. And
lots of revolutionary self-righteousness. Don’t worry, man. It’s cool.
We’re all pass/fail here.
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