COLLEGE CONFIDENTIAL by Lawrence Handel

COLLEGE CONFIDENTIAL

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KIRKUS REVIEW

It's fortunate that Mr. Handel sets forth his prejudices at the beginning. He is down on ""isolation, homogeneity, low intellectual quality, IBM administrations, provincialism, and. . . mindless highjinks."" Therefore a ""friendly"" co-ed outpost is immortalized as ""the perfect place to practice being Mary Worth."" One popular Eastern University produces men who ""tend to be bland."" Of an Ivy League men's college: ""how (could) such a bright bunch of boys create an atmosphere so mindlessly fraternity-oriented."" A sampling here to enrage any kibbitzing alumnus. In addition to the Kapsule Kollege Klouts and Kudos (from Agnes Scott eclectically to Yale), there's some introductory guidance in the admission-arrival game. The advice ranges from sound (exam coaching courses get their comeuppance) to questionable (one section is entitled ""How to Make Her"") to silly-but-fun (the fine college art of blah-blah-blah--bull-throwing to the elderly). For the college bound young, an irreverent and sometimes relevant recess from Barrons. But should be dispensed with discretion to the impressionable.

Pub Date: May 1st, 1969
Publisher: Trident