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Magazine Article Upsets University

January 12, 1998

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Don’t tell Brown University students they’re young, rich and beautiful.

Students and administrators are upset by an article in Vanity Fair magazine that portrays the Ivy League school as a haven for wealthy jet-setters, ``A-list New Yorkers″ and ``beautiful young things.″

``This isn’t the school of glamour,″ said junior Amy Ryan, who gets financial aid and works part-time because the school’s $30,000 tuition is more than her father’s salary as a construction worker.

Brown President E. Gordon Gee said the article, on newsstands today, overlooked the school’s high academic standards.

``It does not portray the Brown I know,″ Gee said. ``This is a serious place with serious students, doing serious things.″

But there is a glamorous side, being an Ivy League school. The school’s hip graduates include John F. Kennedy Jr., Ralph Lauren’s son, Andrew, and Prince Feisal, son of Jordan’s King Hussein.

And Vanity Fair says Brown has become ``hip Ivy,″ citing evidence such as frequent references to the school in movies (``As Good As It Gets″) and on television (a recent episode of ``Chicago Hope.″)

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