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U. of Calif. San Diego students took over chancellor's office after noose found in library

Updated March 1, 2010

Anger boiled over on the University of California San Diego campus Friday after a noose was found dangling from a light fixture on the seventh floor of Geisel Library on Thursday night -- the latest in a string of racially charged incidents in the university community.

Students wearing red handkerchiefs over their faces blocked the doors to Chancellor Marye Anne Fox's offices for hours, while more students inside chanted "Real pain, real change."

The students left the chancellor's office peacefully at sundown, about the same time that leaders of the university's Black Student Union ended talks with administrators in a nearby conference room over demands that include more boosting the African-American curriculum and campus activities.

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Updated March 2, 2010

An anonymous student -- identified only as a minority woman -- has admitted to accidentally leaving a noose in a library at the University of California at San Diego last week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The student said that the noose was "a stupid mistake" and not intended as a racial comment

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