The centenary of the death of Alfred Lord...

THIS BEING

October 17, 1992

THIS BEING the centenary of the death of Alfred Lord Tennyson,we glanced through Bartlett to see if he had any words of advice for George Bush and Bill Clinton.

For President Bush:

Much have I seen and known; cities of men

And manners, climates, councils, governments,

Myself not least, but honour'd of them all;

And drunk delight of battle with my peers.

For Governor Clinton:

The old order changeth, yielding place to new.

Or:

So many worlds, so much to do

So little done, such things to be.

Lord Tennyson also penned one of the most politically incorrect stanzas in all of English literature, to wit:

Man for the field and woman for the hearth

Man for the sword and for the needle she;

Man with the head and woman with the heart;

Man to command and woman to obey;

All else confusion.

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DESPITE dominating the media's attention, the 1992 presidential campaign is not capturing the interest of serious students, at least in Harford County.

Harford Community College had to cancel a non-credit course, "Presidential Campaign Forum." Not enough students signed up. The class was designed to discuss aspects of a presidential campaign and to examine the political process.

Former state senator Cathy Riley and college marketing vice president Jeremiah Ryan were scheduled to teach the class on politics.

"We're very disappointed," said college official Kay Starnes. "They were aiming for a minimum of 10 students," but only six enrolled for the course that was set for three Monday night sessions.

Meanwhile, 60 people signed up to learn the Achy-Breaky, the popular western line dance, in another non-credit offering by the college.

Was it really apathy, or were potential students sending a subtle political message that they preferred to stay home on Mondays to watch "Murphy Brown"?

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BARBIE can't win. She's the Politically Incorrect doll. Her anatomical features are too perfect for any teen girl to emulate, critics complain. Now the talking Barbie Doll dares to utter the dreaded phrase: "Math is tough." It has stirred another feminist uproar.

This is one of 270 lines Barbie can utter (only four per doll). Most have positive connotations, such as "I love school, don't you?" or "Let's start a business." But there could be a new fuss over one other phrase in her lexicon: "I'm going to be a veterinarian." Is that a put-down? Why can't Barbie strive to be a doctor?

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