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Into the wild

His feet brought Marko Cheseto from Kenya to Alaska. Then a tragic run into his own private storm forced him to change course.

Updated: May 18, 2012, 3:21 PM ET
By Seth Wickersham | ESPN The Magazine

MARKO CHESETO is almost late to class. He enters the lobby of the social sciences building at 9:58 a.m., two minutes before his public speaking lecture begins. He is in no rush, plodding slowly amid the blur of backpacks and students. He stands out: 28 years old, long and spindly, a black man on the mostly white campus of the University of Alaska Anchorage, a Kenyan among mostly in-state students. His skin is as dark as an Alaskan winter morning; patches of frostbite char his cheeks ...

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