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  • “It was the New York Times that broke his heart,�? said Nancy Packer, a retired professor of English at Stanford, who knew Stegner well in the time he nurtured writers from Ken Kesey to Larry McMurtry here on the Farm, as the university is known.

    The New York Times, Stegner’s Complaint, by Timothy Egan, February 18, 2009

    February 20, 2009

  • Really? Stanford is known as the Farm? I thought that was the CIA training site. The location of which I cannot name or they would kill me.

    February 20, 2009

  • No, no. That's the other farm. You know.

    *glances over shoulder*

    February 20, 2009

  • Melbourne's two oldest universities are known as The Shop and The Farm.

    February 20, 2009

  • Why so? *curious*

    February 21, 2009

  • I can only proffer the folk etymology. Melbourne University is The Shop because it's close to the downtown area of the city, i.e. the main shopping precinct. Monash University was built much later on land that, at that time, was right among city-fringe market gardens in the suburb of Clayton, hence The Farm.

    February 21, 2009

  • Ah. Interesting--thanks.

    February 22, 2009