In late January 1984, Martha Pollock was nearing a decision about full-time employment. As a doctoral candidate in finance at a well-known East Coast business school, she had chosen college-level teaching as a career. She needed only to decide where. Pollock had received offers from Piedmont University, the University of Chesapeake, Clifton College, and Mid-Atlantic University. She expected another from Durham University. But reply deadlines to two of the five schools had already passed, and although no pressure had yet been applied, the longer she waited for Durham, the more she risked. Pollock felt she had to decide within the week.