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Rotting bananas trigger protest for diversity at Clemson

In four years at Clemson University, the rotting bananas hanging from an African-American history banner on campus weren't the most racially offensive thing biology major Brendan Standifer has seen. They were just the latest.

Standifer said a quiet racial schism runs through the campus.

"The only time you see true unity is on game day," he said of the university's football team which made it to the national championship game in January, but lost.

Standifer, who is black, joined a few dozen other students Monday on the steps of Sikes Hall, Clemson's administrative building, for the sixth day of a protest demanding more diversity at South Carolina's second...