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Betwen the Lines
When then Princeton University president Woodrow Wilson
evoked the phrase "Princeton in the Nation’s Service" back
in the dawn of the 20th century, he could not have imagined the
events of these millennial days. There in the nation’s capital last
week was history professor Sean Wilentz, arguing against the
of the president of the United States for anything less than high
crimes and misdemeanors. Not everybody bought every word the good
professor had to say (the New York Times editorial page took
particular exception to Wilentz’s tone), but the fight goes on.
On Tuesday of this week Wilentz and former U.S. Attorney General (and
Princeton resident) Nicholas Katzenbach were scheduled to address
an anti-impeachment rally and march beginning on the university
The organizers were expected to march to the site of the Borough
meeting and present the elected representatives with a resolution
urging the censure — but not the impeachment — of President
Clinton. It’s a crazy time in politics when Borough Council rules
on a president.
Meanwhile, another university professor was in the Washington
Edward Felten, assistant professor of computer science, presented
written testimony last Friday, followed by a personal appearance
in the Justice Department’s anti-trust trial against Microsoft. Felten
contested Microsoft’s assertion that its Internet browser is an
component of Windows 98 and to remove it would cause serious harm
to the operating system.
Felten testified that, with the assistance of several graduate
he had written a 600-line program to remove Microsoft’s Internet
Once it had been removed, Felten continued, it was possible to run
the internet browser made by Microsoft’s rival, Netscape
Readers of U.S. 1 will recognize Felten as a longtime advocate of
"Princeton in the Internet’s Service." Felten and his
at the university’s Safe Internet Programming Group have uncovered
various flaws in Internet security, including opportunities for
or closely imitating web sites to make visitors think they are where
they are not (U.S. 1, March 19, 1997). By week’s end, some may wonder
if the hackers are now running the U.S. House of Representatives.
NEXT WEEK WE would ordinarily distribute U.S. 1 on Wednesday, December
23. But given the upcoming four-day holiday weekend, we are pushing
that paper off to the printer on Monday at noon, and delivering it
(and our much-awaited 1999 U.S. 1 Calendar) on Tuesday, December 22.
That means deadlines for news items, classifieds, and display ads
will be the end of the day on Friday, December 18. Our Preview section
will welcome your submissions only until the end of the day on
After December 22 put that new calendar to use and mark Wednesday,
January 6. That’s when we will return from our annual winter solstice
revels (see page 48).
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