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Randolph College welcomes men for the first time, including Adam Brown of King George County

 A welcome sign hung on Adam's door when he arrived.
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Date published: 8/21/2007


Descoteaux said she's accepted the fact she'll be going to school with men: "You can't just put a stereotype on them. It's not fair."

By midafternoon, Brown still hadn't had any awkward run-ins with women. He invited one girl into his room to scope out his stuffed animals.

"Oh my God!" she exclaimed as he held up Kermit the Frog. "That's just awesome."

"He likes to get along with people," his mom said. "He's interested in other people."

Brown was happy to see two women from China, whom he had talked with on a networking Web site. He's been studying Chinese and plans to take several courses about China.

They taught him how to say "Good afternoon" in their language.

A couple hours later, Brown, his two international friends and 18-year-old Charlene Davison of Massachusetts hung out in a nearby dorm.

"My mother left me a bottle of holy water," Davison said with a smile as she handed it to Brown.

"This should burn me," he joked.

The three seemed entirely at ease with one another as they listened to music, including Chinese hip-hop.

Brown played a game with Davison, Christina Hua, 19, of Shanghai, and Lily Tang, 21, of Beijing. Using a deck of cards, he predicted who they'd end up marrying.

"Ironically, I learned it from my ex-girlfriend," he said.

By the end of the day, Brown's dorm room had been hooked up with all the essentials--a TV, computer, microwave, entertainment systems and air conditioner.

But most importantly, he had already made friends despite the controversy surrounding the school.

"It feels good here," he said.

Jeff Branscome: 540/374-5402
Email: jbranscome@freelancestar.com

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Randolph-Macon Woman's College was named after John Randolph of Virginia and Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina, both prominent politicians. The current student body is made up of 665 undergraduates. About 227 are new students, 73 of whom are men. The college boasts seven local students--four men and three women.