4 12 2007

At women’s college, he stands alone

“WELLESLEY, Mass., Dec. 4 (UPI) — Mohammad Usman stands out like a sore thumb on his college campus — he’s the only male at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

The 19-year-old New Yorker is a gender oddity among the 2,300 female students thanks to a student exchange program, The Boston Globe reported Monday.

“I thought it would be really fascinating to be the only male at an all-women’s college,” said Usman, a government and geography double major at Dartmouth, who is taking two classes at Wellesley this fall. “I like to believe I’m curious.”

His presence on campus definitely draws attention.

“A lot of people don’t know his name, really,” said Johanna Peace, a Wellesley junior and the editor-in-chief of the student newspaper, the Wellesley News. “They’re aware that there’s a boy on campus. And if they see him, they’ll say, ‘Oh — there’s the boy.’ “

“Most guys who are on campus are somebody’s boyfriend,” said Amy Goodman, a sophomore in Usman’s world politics class. “So when there’s a guy who doesn’t have anybody and who’s going to an all-girls school, it’s going to make people go, ‘Oh, who is this person?’ “




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