Twenty-four years ago I was in my junior year at the University of Pennsylvania where I was an associate editor of the award-winning Daily Pennsylvanian, the entirely student-run (with an independent corporation) newspaper at the University of Pennsylvania.
The experience was fantastic. In my time, I knew Harold Ford, Matt Selman, the infamous Stephen Glass, and Kenny Baer. Then-professor, now-pollster Frank Luntz came by the DP offices, affectionately known as the Pink Palace near 40th and Walnut streets in Philadlephia.
But my proudest moment was my defense of a student unfairly targeted by Penn’s speech police – in the guise of Catherine Schifter, a petty bureaucratic tyrant who later earned a PhD in something called “educational leadership” – for some columns he had written that offended some students. I recently located the column I wrote in March 1993 about the incident.
Ultimately, the column was read by Eden Jacobowitz, a student who was an early survivor of the political correctness craze that infected American campuses in the 1980s and 1990s.
I like to think of this as an early fight in my career defending people under attack from judicial authorities.