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Mr. September

Posted by Ralph Ranalli July 8, 2007 09:06 AM

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Derek Brown, a member of the first class of men to be accepted into newly-coed Regis College center, is surrounded by female students at orientation.
(Globe staff photo by Suzanne Kreiter)

WESTON

History may remember them as gender pioneers, but they looked more like typical teenagers, wearing T-shirts, baggy pants, and shy grins.

They were the first men to be admitted to Regis College since it was founded by the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1927. The college trustees voted last year to go coed in hopes of boosting enrollment at the financially troubled school.

The nearly 60 young men are (forgive the expression) still outmanned at what was the state's last all-women's Catholic college. More than 250 young women are also enrolled in the class of 2011, putting the guys in a minority that isn't likely to equalize for years.

However, all the young men who gathered on campus recently for freshmen orientation seemed pleased about being surrounded by X chromosomes. Especially those who had spent years at all-boys Catholic high schools.

"It feels great to be in the first class of guys," said Derek Brown, 19, of Brighton, a recent Matignon Prep grad who will play on Regis's first-ever men's basketball team. "My friends say I made a smart move."

Read more about the first men to be accepted to Regis in the online edition of today's Globe West.

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