A reader sends this link to a story on nose couting.

Over the past decade and a half, the number and proportion of college students opting not to reveal their race when asked have shot up, to 5.9 percent of all students in 2001 from 3.2 percent a decade earlier. The increases have raised two major questions: Who are these students, and why are they declining to identify themselves? The answers have implications for college officials and policy makers on a wide range of issues, including affirmative action and student life.

In a Williams context, the interesting thing is that the College, officially, has no racial unknowns. See page x for the latest breakdowns. How can that be? Surely at least one student refuses to provide the College with her race . . .

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