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Dartmouth College roiled, again, by student insensitivity

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The e-mail invitation sent out the night of July 26 was short.

“Midnight,” it read, “Bloods and Crips Party.”

More than 200 came that night to the Alpha Delta fraternity house that stands in the heart of Dartmouth College’s campus.

The party took a disturbing — and, for Dartmouth, disturbingly familiar — twist.

“It then turned into a ‘ghetto party,’ with racialized language, speech, and dress,” Jordan Terry, a Dartmouth sophomore and president of the college’s NAACP chapter, wrote in an e-mail to college leaders.

Administrators decried the actions of guests at the party. The fraternity acknowledged behavior that was “insensitive and thoughtless.” And a bucolic campus was left again to ponder how it had wound up here, in the spotlight for students gone rogue.

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