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Adventures in Diversity: Nothing Gold Can Stay

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On National Shame Undergraduate Slackers Day, which at SMU we celebrate at least once a month, (if not more), I always bring up S.E. Hinton, who began working on The Outsiders while still in high school and published it during her freshman year in college.  It has since become an enduring classic of young adult literature and sells on average of 500,000 copies a year.  (So I want you slackers think real hard about that when you hand me your little three-paged, whiney, wrote-this-morning-while-still-drunk, not-so-thinly-disguised memoirs.)

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