In Nashville: Fisk Makes a Comeback

Little liberal arts colleges everywhere have had a hard slog lately, but the troubles at Nashville's Fisk University, the institution founded in 1866 to give freed slaves a shot at learning, have been particularly poignant. At one point about two years ago, the local utility shut off the gas, forcing the faculty and student body to make do with space heaters brought from home or donated by friends of the college. Another time, food services were discontinued. On paydays, an unfounded rumor among the staff was that the first 20 employees to reach the bank stood a chance of cashing their...

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