REXBURG- DeShawn Coltrane is excited to graduate from BYU-Idaho. The school, eh not so much.
Coltrane is exactly like every other student at BYU-Idaho, except he’s black. For years, he has been the only African American voice in a student body that’s whiter than a Rexburg winter.
“DeShawn offers a unique cultural experience,” said European American student, Jake Detlor, “Gosh, the other day we even watched a Madea movie. It’s nice to get some pepper when you’re surrounded by so much salt.”
Though Coltrane is ready to move on, the school wants him to stay. Connor McConnell from the University Admissions Office said, “We can’t afford to lose our only African American student. We only get one every couple of years. We feel that once that Coltrane leaves, the diversity in the school will drop dramatically.”
McConnell is on a team of university officials who are trying to create a delayed graduation plan for Coltrane. Their plan will provide Coltrane with free tuition, a premium meal plan, subsidized housing, and satellite television.
“Every campus needs a black guy,” said McConnell. “It’s not fair to rob the rest of the students at this university with that experience.”