- The Washington Times - Monday, September 10, 2001

For more than 750 years, Oxford University has been a tranquil oasis of learning where students can study among cloistered courtyards or along the River Cherwell.
For one incoming graduate student, any hopes of a quiet life soon will be shattered.
Unlike their American counterparts, who basically heeded former President Bill Clinton's wishes to leave his daughter, Chelsea, alone, the gossip columnists of London's Fleet Street will show no such restraint.
David Teather, media editor of the London Guardian newspaper, said: "Poor Chelsea will be in for a rude shock. It's going to be a feeding frenzy.
"The American press may have exercised restraint in their reporting of Miss Clinton, but over here her every action will be put under microscope," he said. "Former boyfriends could ask for 100,000 ($145,000) to reveal the secrets of their relationship to a tabloid."
In Oxford, some students interested in becoming journalists will be only too happy to feed the national media with gossip about the 21-year-old Miss Clinton, who has enrolled in a two-year master's course on international relations.
Student newspapers already are gearing up for her arrival. In a spoof end-of-term quiz, the Oxford Student posed the puzzler: "Which is the best Chelsea Clinton chat-up line for next year?"
"Care for a cigar? You won't have to inhale," was one of the possible answers, a reference to Bill Clinton's experimentation with marijuana during his Oxford days and his fondness for cigars.
Marcus Edwards, deputy editor of Cherwell, a rival college newspaper, warned: "We will not take a vow of silence like the paper in Stanford. We will cover Chelsea as we would do anyone else. The university will not be able to do anything to stop us. Cherwell is completely independent."
The student newspaper at Stanford University, the Stanford Daily, banned all news about Miss Clinton during her matriculation there. One student columnist was fired from the paper after he wrote a column referring to her.
Mr. Edwards said Miss Clinton may attract unwelcome attention from the opposite sex.
"We have not had such a high-profile female at Oxford for many years," he said. "There will obviously be a certain cachet attached to seducing her."
Miss Clinton probably will get some reprieve from local media attention as the tabloids chronicle the activities of the country's most prominent freshman and heartthrob Prince William. The 19-year-old prince is pursuing a history of art degree at St. Andrews University in Scotland.
Miss Clinton is enrolled at University College, where her father as a Rhodes scholar studied government from 1968 to 1970. The oldest of Oxford's two dozen autonomous colleges was founded in 1249. "Univ," as the college is known to students, is centered on a graceful medieval courtyard.
Finding the right accommodations for Miss Clinton has proved a headache. Unlike Stanford, which is set on a secure campus in suburban Palo Alto, Oxford University's colleges are situated about 60 miles from London at the heart of the busy tourist city of Oxford, making her protection more difficult.
With just days to go before Miss Clinton's arrival, University College has yet to decide where she will live. A college secretary who declined to give her name said: "The room allocation has not been worked out yet."
Once Miss Clinton arrives in the United Kingdom, she no longer will be under the protection of the U.S. Secret Service. Instead, her protection will be the responsibility of British bobbies of the local Thames Valley police.
Special Agent Jim Macklin, spokesman for the Secret Service, said: "Her protection will not be an issue for us. It will be worked out by the police authorities there. We have a good working relationship with them."


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