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About 29 percent of Evergreen students describe themselves as "students of color." And of that group, about 5 percent categorize themselves as non-Hispanic black or African-American.

Still, before Bridges arrived on the Evergreen campus, a highly popular African American, Thomas. Purce, had held the presidency from 2000 until his retirement in 2015, embarking on an ambitious building program and other capital improvements to the campus, whose 1960s infrastructure (judging from photos) hasn't aged particularly well.

A curriculum that mixes empirical and deductive-reasoning fields such as math and science with the humanities can be exhilarating, even if the "humanities" these days largely mean excursions into arcane ideologized "theory." Evergreen gets high marks from for its teaching (small classes, high engagement), and its marine-biology offerings are considered first-rate.

But as Evergreen students have complained online, too many of their loosely supervised classmates simply coast along majoring in drugs and tattoos.

One website defines it as "the condition that would be achieved if one's racial identity no longer predicted, in a statistical sense, how one fares. This includes elimination of policies, practices, attitudes and cultural messages that reinforce differential outcomes by race or fail to eliminate them." In other words, "equity" is all about ensuring not just equality of opportunity for ethnic minorities but equality of academic outcome: a one-to-one correlation between their demographic representation in the population as a whole and their representation on the evaluation sheets that Evergreen professors prepare for their students.If a photo posted on Instagram is to be taken at face value, it has also meant wielding baseball bats and posing ominously on the balconies of student apartments.The videos, made on the phones of Evergreen State students, were ubiquitous as the activities of the 200 or so protesters culminated in a literal shutdown of the college (Evergreen State suspended operations from the afternoon of June 1 to the afternoon of June 5, even though it had been scheduled to hold the last of its spring-term classes on those days, after someone made a 911 call threatening to shoot up the campus with a .44 Magnum).Those credentials received another touch of polish with his marriage to former congressional aide Kari Tupper, who had helped end the long-running political career of Sen.Brock Adams, maintaining that the Washington Democrat had sexually assaulted her in 1987.

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