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Racist Prank Accompanies Duke Protest

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Duke students staged a sit-in Wednesday.
DURHAM — There was an apparent racist prank on the Dukecampus Wednesday. A black doll was found hanging from a West Campus tree,with a note saying, "Duke has not changed."

No one has claimed responsibility for the incident, but the universityis investigating it as a hate crime.

The prank came on the same day as a sit-in by students protesting the way they say blacks are treated at the school. Protesters say demandsremain unmet since the issue was first brought up 30 years ago.

A meeting with Duke's president, they say, has left them optimistic.

LeRhonda Manigault, of the Black Student Alliance, says the meeting waspositive.

Among the students' demands are the recruitment of more black faculty,a full time director at Duke's black culture center, and a black dormitoryon campus.

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