The School For Scandal

For generations, one of the attractions of New Hampshire's Phillips Exeter Academy has been the intimate learning environment, with no more than a dozen students in most classes. But now parents at the prestigious coed boarding school may worry about where that intimacy could lead. Last week a drama teacher was indicted on federal child-pornography charges after police raided his home. It took five officers six hours to cart away 650 videos, picture books and photographs from the apartment of...

What's An A Student Worth?

Guido Mase of Kansas City is a college admissions officer's dream. A National Merit Finalist. Combined SAT score of 1470, out of a possible 1600. At school, he worked on the newspaper and literary magazine; he also worked at the Y helping children. He's fluent in Italian, knows some German and is teaching himself Greek. He wants to major in either chemistry or philosophy.With those credentials, it wasn't surprising that Guido was accepted at Amherst College and Wesleyan University, two of the...

One Small Step For Bigger Kids

For Kathy Granger and her daughter, Erin, a trip to the mall used to be worse than a visit to the dentist. Erin, now 8 years old and nearly 130 pounds, had outgrown the clothes in the children's department, and junior and adult sizes didn't fit her shorter frame. "Almost everything had to be altered or hemmed," says Granger. "It was a constant battle."Then Granger discovered Kids At Large, a Norwood, Mass.-based mail-order company that makes stylish clothes exclusively for large-size boys and...

Bad Times At Hangover U.

Marty woke up at 5 a.m. when the nurse slapped him in the face. It had been a long night: the party started with beer and graduated to Russian vodka. Marty downed shot after shot until he vomited on someone's leg. He thinks he spent an hour face down in the middle of the street. The ambulance ride to the hospital was a blur, too. In fact, Marty's only vivid memory of his 18th birthday is the morning after. "Hangovers are not fun," says the Harvard freshman.Like Marty, more and more college...

Swapping Debt For Knowledge

It's hard to conceive of any good coming of the $1.3 trillion that less developed nations owe to foreign banks and other lenders. The interest payments alone stifle the impoverished countries' economics and, with virtually no foreign exchange, most debtors haven't a prayer of meeting payments on the principal. But in 1987 a clever conservationist figured out how to turn this financial albatross into a golden-egg-laying goose. Environmental groups started buying Third World debt from banks for a...

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