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ELITE ONLY NEED APPLY

The story made the front page of the New York Times and other
papers. The director of admissions at Princeton was caught sneaking into
a special website set up to let Yale applicants know whether they'd been
accepted. Although the Princeton official's motives were not revealed,
the break-in was thought to be an academic Watergate, an illicit attempt
to filch information on what the competition was up to. It touched off
furrowed-brow effusions on "heightened craziness about admissions
decisions" and "frantic" competitiveness. The fuss about two elite Ivy
League colleges drew national press, but another story on higher
education was far more disturbing to those who care about democracy in
America. This was a report issued by the Advisory Committee on Student
Financial Assistance, which found that nearly 170,000 high school
graduates who were the brightest in their classes would have to forgo
college next fall because they can't afford rising tuitions and fees. A
major reason they can't is a lack of adequate financial aid because of
stagnation or cutbacks in need-based state aid programs and federal Pell
grants.

FRIENDS OF BOSCH

Jane Franklin writes: Governor Jeb Bush has appointed an open
supporter of terrorism to the Florida Supreme Court. His choice, Raoul
Cantero III, is a right-wing Cuban-American of impeccable
lineage--grandson of dictator Fulgencio Batista and son of an
intelligence officer in Batista's Bureau for the Repression of Communist
Activities. Not that he should be judged by his father and grandfather;
rather, his own record shows he continues to support terrorism against
the Cuban people. This was evident in the way he allied himself with
Orlando Bosch, a notorious anti-Castro terrorist, who was cited in FBI
and CIA reports for his "willingness to cause indiscriminate injury and
death," including thirty acts of sabotage here and in Cuba, Puerto Rico
and Panama from 1961 through 1968. He was charged with the 1976 bombing
of a Cuban passenger jet that exploded in midair, killing seventy-three
people. In 1989 he was ordered deported, but George Bush Sr. endorsed a
campaign to reverse the order, and Bosch was soon out on the streets of
Miami. Cantero III was one of Bosch's lawyers and a prominent defender
of his actions. The St. Petersburg Times found a radio-show tape
on which he calls Bosch a "Cuban patriot" and describes one of Bosch's
capers--firing a bazooka at a Polish ship docked in Miami--as a
"political statement" that "didn't hurt anybody and it didn't cause any
damage." Is Cantero going to condone terrorist acts of Bosch and others
who come before him? And are the Democratic candidates currently vying
to run against Jeb Bush in the gubernatorial election going to ask the
Governor about his own prominent role in the campaign to free Bosch?

BIG PHARMA GREASES PALMS

Ouch!, a bulletin (www.ouch.org) issued by Public Campaign, the
finance reform group, notes that George W. Bush ostentatiously thanked
Robert Ingram for his fine work chairing a fundraising dinner that
garnered $30 million for the Republican Congressional Committee.
Ouch! further notes that Ingram is CEO of GlaxoSmithKline, which
markets Lanoxin, a drug widely used by seniors to avert congestive heart
failure. Lanoxin's price has risen 58.1 percent since 1997, or almost
five times the rate of inflation. The rising cost of drugs is the reason
a prescription drug benefit should be added to Medicare, yet the Bush
Administration opposes such legislation. So do Glaxo and the other big
pharmaceutical companies, and they've contributed $11.3 million to the
2002 election--three-fourths of that to the Republicans--to make sure it
doesn't happen. Follow the $$$.

PEACENIK ADDRESS CORRECTION

The correct web address for Brit Tzedek v'Shalom (Jewish Alliance for
Justice and Peace) is www.brittzedek.org.

THE YEARS WITH HITCH

Twenty years ago this month there appeared in this magazine a column called "Minority Report," by Christopher Hitchens. At that time
our stable of columnists numbered exactly one--Calvin Trillin. Already a
frequent Nation contributor from Britain, Christopher moved to
the United States and, after a short stint in New York, settled in Washington to launch his new column.
Salud, comrade!--valued contributor and burr under the nation's
(and The Nation's) saddle.

CAMP WO-CHI-CA

New York lefties of a certain age may remember Camp Wo-Chi-Ca, a
progressive, interracial children's camp in New Jersey from 1935
through 1954. Some may even have enjoyed a summer there and listened to
Claude McKay read poems or danced with Pearl Primus or heard Paul
Robeson boom out "Shenandoah." In the fifties, McCarthyite thugs
attacked the camp as communistic. Now June Levine and Gene Gordon have
written a history of Camp Wo-Chi-Ca (stands for Workers Children's Camp), which
is a delight (e-mail wochica@msn.com for info).

NEWS OF THE WEAK IN REVIEW

While the market was seriously tanking, Treasury Secretary O'Neill was
tracked down in Kyrgyzstan. Asked why he wasn't at his post in
Washington, O'Neill said, "I'm constantly amazed that anybody cares what
I do."

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