- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 5, 2004

AURORA, N.Y. (AP) — More than a third of Wells College’s all-female student body protested a trustees’ decision to admit male students Sunday by sleeping in the lobby of the administration building or in 15 tents set up on the lawn outside.

About 170 students protested for a second day after Saturday’s decision to admit men to the 400-student school starting next year.

Students in this Finger Lakes village will continue to protest until the board reverses its decision, said sophomore Rachel Crosbie.

Opponents say they want to preserve the college’s 136-year tradition as a school for women, and worry that men may dominate the classroom if they are admitted.

College President Lisa Marsh Ryerson said she met with students Saturday and Sunday and told them Wells is committed to going coeducational.

“This is just a day after the decision was announced, and the entire community is working through a range of responses to the decision,” she said.

Board of Trustees President Stephen Zabriskie had said the decision to admit male students stems from a need to increase enrollment and revenue.

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