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Minority Students Rally to End to Hate Crimes at Dartmouth

February 3, 1996

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) _ Minority students and faculty, angered by racist slurs scrawled on the doors of four students, rallied Friday at Dartmouth College to protest campus bigotry.

``Some of the best minds in the world are here,″ Deanna Dick, president of Native Americans at Dartmouth, told about 400 people at the rally. ``I can’t believe I have to stand up here and preach against discrimination and racism.″

Last week, Hanover police charged sophomore Jeffrey Link, 20, with disorderly conduct for allegedly writing racial slurs across the dormitory doors of two Asian students.

In a separate incident, two other Asian students reported the word ``chink″ written on their apartment door this week. Students washed the word off Wednesday but it reappeared Thursday night, police said.

The incidents do not appear to be part of an organized effort to intimidate minority students, said Hanover Police Detective Frank Moran. ``We’re concerned about it, but we also know from experience that these things do happen from time to time here,″ he said.

Students said the slurs are part of a pattern of racism and discrimination at the college.

Hate incidents in the past year include a sexist and racist poem that reportedly was read at a fraternity meeting, dirt thrown in the window of a student flying the flag of a campus gay rights group and the phrase ``Kill the Faggots″ written above a gay rights sticker on another student’s door.

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