Graduate Students Enjoy New Clout in MLA to Push Agenda of Job-Market Issues

It's tough to keep talking revolution when the powers-that-be keep acceding to your demands. A year after graduate-student activists threatened to take over the annual meeting of the Modern Language Association, they have abandoned the rabble-rousing for a more subtle approach.

But, as they gear up for this month's annual convention in Chicago, they still expect to get just about everything they want. Winning approval of their reforms "is pretty much a