Education: The Inconstant Nymph

The life-sized nude statue of Sabrina, goddess of Britain's Severn River, has led a hectic existence ever since a state official first presented her to Amherst College in 1857.* From the first, Amherst men heaped indignities upon her, painting stockings on her shapely limbs, clothing her in gaudy diapers, lugging her away from her pedestal to celebrate football victories. In the '80s, Amherst's president tried to banish her from the campus, but the janitor charged with her disposal confessed that he "couldn't kill a woman" and hid Sabrina in his own barn.

Sabrina emerged a few years later as guest of honor...

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