Education: Scorpions in a Bottle

Columbia Point is a bleak spit of land that juts into the harbor three miles from downtown Boston. A huge housing project, largely black, is located there, and near by are the heavily Irish working-class neighborhoods of Dorchester. Thus the point seems an appropriate site for the new University of Massachusetts campus, a $130 million, 121-acre complex that will primarily serve students from these and lower-income neighborhoods in the Boston area.

But even before the new campus opened last month, it had become the enter of a local controversy that has nationwide implications....

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