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In a dustup over campus sexual politics, a collegian charged with intimidation is asked to study elsewhere

For those who have wondered what college administrators dream after too much cheap faculty-party wine, the nightmare goes something like this. Two freshmen: one a scholarship student from a tough neighborhood and the other a well-traveled white woman educated on the Continent. She claims sexual harassment, and he charges cultural insensitivity.

Swarthmore College president Alfred Bloom awoke one morning last semester to find that dream come true. Ewart Yearwood, a 5-ft. 11-in., 185-lb. Hispanic freshman from New York City, met petite Alexis Clinansmith, product of Michigan and the International School of Paris, not long after both watched the obligatory orientation-week video...

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