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David Filo and Jerry Yang, enterprising Stanford graduate students in electrical engineering, devise a cutting-edge method of procrastination: They set up a Web site featuring a list of links to their favorite Web pages. Dave and Jerry's Guide to the World Wide Web grows in popularity, and Filo and Yang eventually change its name to Yahoo! which they decide stands for "Yet Another Hierarchical Officious Oracle." Venture capital follows.


LF's Patricia Kean argues that if full-time faculty make common cause with part-timers - leading the battle for benefits, better wages, and job security - everyone stands to benefit. But if full-timers and administrators continue to ignore the part-timers' problems, one former adjunct cautions, "the whole shape of the profession could change in ten years." At the time, 38 percent of American faculty members are part-timers. Six years later, 47 percent are.


Kurt Cobain commits suicide in Seattle; millions of plaid-clad college students mourn

Bennington College dismisses a quarter of its faculty in campuswide reorganization

American Psychological Association reports that "pseudo- memories" are possible

Oxford University Press finalizes "inclusive" edition of New Testament referring to God as "Father-Mother"


Sven Birkerts, The Gutenberg Elegies

Charles Murray and Richard J. Herrnstein, The Bell Curve

Paul Gross and Norman Levitt, Higher Superstition

Christina Hoff Sommers, Who Stole Feminism?

C. Vann Woodward and John Hope Franklin protest Disney's plans for an American history theme park in Virginia

Khallid Abdul Muhammad, spokesman for Louis Farrakhan's Nation of Islam, causes uproar with anti-Semitic speeches on college campuses

Republican Revolution elevates Newt Gingrich, author of Ph.D. thesis on Belgium's colonial education policies

LF reports on Kosovo's underground Albanian university


At a conference, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee feminist theorist Jane Gallop jokingly says that her sexual preference is "graduate students." Not long after, she stands accused of violating her university's policy against consensual amorous relationships between teachers and students. In her innovative classes, Gallop emphasizes the erotic aspects of pedagogy. But LF's Margaret Talbot wonders: Between professor and student, how close is too close?


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