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i do job placement interview at the university of connecticut and ours is in the people power you know this is a top seats held by corporate elite and the country's organized to protect the corporately the system cannot be tolerated and must be destroyed the only people concerned they have cause me any anxiety and all of the people who i think are in fact determined
destroy institutions who who it seems to me are prepared to say that because the hospital doesn't save the life of everybody that comes into the hospital we should burn the hospital now it's nice yes bees ms bader ginsburg the
university campuses are in turmoil over issues ranging from black studies to on campus recruiting this is the diary of such a campus once called fun farm by its president but from farms suddenly erupted in the fall of nineteen sixty eight when a group of students and faculty demonstrated against on campus recruitment by the dow chemical company whose most famous products are still land rights and nato this was followed in november about the occupation of the university's executive bill including the president's office at the end of the month there was another confrontation with the atlas contingent of the connecticut state police during a protest against recruiting audio of matt this operation there were twenty one arrests at
least for insurance because in many cases the thrust of protest was provided by a small group of radicals sps students for a democratic society there are convictions had been forged in the crucible of the civil rights bill and finally he considered a failure they claimed to adversaries called word elite and the university president yale graduate and former government education at home or the average jr the action of this program centers on a collision course between espn's college presidents during ten days in december nineteen sixty it starts on the evening of sunday december eighth to avoid the potential for the violence on the
student senate has just passed a resolution calling for a moratorium on recruiting there's an advantage says he's waiting to hear from the faculty senate and graduate student council table before i retired and i thought i will have some indication of their considered response cents a moratorium and only operating rules of the institution and this isn't quiet dell by the resolution of this body is a response though you the president i'm gonna have to make a decision on the basis of the response i received from leaves and everybody that i can at this point predict what that response in prison <unk> leaves the floor is open to both moderate and radical speakers first director a member of sps anything
or something like that yeah supposedly recollection of the things i mentioned we thank you keep going down action like this he changed your mind just because the president of the university was likely going to change your mind i ask you please i'm still have the great risk that you it's like the bill because they don't want that was invented or what you release the week please leave our allies
the following morning monday december ninth the office of the university president homer deep rabbit jr i think it is and i think i don't i mean maybe the sentiment of the senate resolutions we're looking for do you yourself say they only reason i do is if i don't solve but the fact of the matter is that nothing on the student delegation including members of the usda's on their way opened to discuss the trending tuesday recruitment president babich he delegates than leading to his assistant
dean of man jack manning as diaz member larry smiley talks to the state police to see the means a peaceful protest should tuesday's reporting tomorrow why it has been done many times or knesset a barricade say police line do not cross and that means anybody will cross the barricades and not a cordon of police therefore there'd be no possibility of human history but it's our i mean like that in ohio you you say may have come in contact with you know with a policeman this i think you realize is you can dream it to pass because of those kits have actually no no way of knowing when they do buy up in twenty years but i don't think you can get me you are not anything else that night the stds tunes into a broadcast by president babbage to learn whether or not there will be recruiting tuesday or at least they know ignoring those photo
itself up and in fact i wish i were off the hook at the moment already has a snap of the fingers will work on sunday the three deliberative bodies on this campus met in extraordinary session to discuss the possibility of a moratorium on our campus placement activity unfortunately the results of these deliberations are contradictory there is no clear consensus re endorsed its earlier recommendation of a moratorium on campus recruitment the graduate student council opposed the moratorium and the faculty senate endorsed a statement of my own news opposing a moratorium
that's right we cannot be in the meantime interviews scheduled for tuesday will be hell state police and minimize the possibility of the exact location of it it is and will be made available to station wamu us early tuesday morning singing la la la
i cannot refrain from being at this point to limit their expression of dissent through non violent and non obstruct to four thousand hour wyatt always to make announcements you know i know that never occurred to me when i signed on to be a college president kennedy making announcements i felt my job was to help other people do things get caught in the kind of strategic relationship we're in now with our critics <unk> most unhappy situation i'm not a strategist and was trained as a strategist i have no stomach for it and yet you know it seems
to be a part of a college presidents job these days a lot of plastics assistant professor john addresses the nastiest rally not all of the students are members or concerned about tomorrow a nonviolent response ask certain kinds of presumptions we fought it presumes the fact that we're dealing with moral air act and saw how it removed i'm back a hundred for a hundred and fifty beautiful people get arrested tomorrow moral man
in the caribbean oh really only worked five the number of people willing to walk at fourteen amber's five small small we're like lazy it is a true choices really are fleeing violence and nonviolence irish revival i'm homeless and the jews at various forms of violence begets informal last year it does
maybe there isn't a day since the day after kind of violence where people don't get medical treatment that's the kind of violence and it is kind of real choice here is what i like to have that choice is what happens in this system is the war comes down from the top and everybody follows her no decisions coming from a from any other direction ok we can somehow get an a in this community but few transform conscience by getting buckley let's get busted oh really after the broadcast president and mrs babbage entertained dinner guests at one point the talkers of current partners speaking greek
all this diverse a similar but it was the lone voice of protest to the protests and harsh thanks bud
are you caroline kennedy this is the peak we are here to do a
retired professor jack torkelson of the economics department at what's going on there it will play a role as the afternoon where psalm sixty seven moderate students and faculty members not belonging to stds will be arrested on charges of breaching the kids at the bat now we know that kind of land that they didn't have things like that president that would look worse that we had no idea it was our man and noticing that the interviews were carried in every other respect
the situations the police commission and this is what i think so many people in the region don't really appreciate it if it's necessary to call in civil authorities to conduct the affairs of the institution you surrender something of the institutions of autonomy edison and worse as the infirmary than forty thousand five years earlier today people call the old a long history of new orleans or not our most militant critic someone and say we should abolish the board of trustees
that we should be governed by students and faculty the other extreme you hear people saying well we all of ours the board of trustees but we won't pass laws that limit their authority ha ha ha ha ha effort to the limit the year hillary of trust that's a place in our board of trustees is a tragedy for education we were assaulting a commuter train her one of them is and then the problem though is i us government won't be a loser on the larger group
coming in and again and then he's gone out please be nice merlin to remain in what we would like to meet them somewhere as opposed to remaining satterfield being involved in some thought that experience
or grass and growing on foreign oil or get back arguing that parking lot members but decided not to add new rest of the st paul saints and that's why the
university of the building thank you very disappointed galey on to demonstrate peacefully i think technically i and you're still breaking the law because were on the university campus we have not just places of oregon's so you may be liable to a
ransom can i say something that al qaeda is a question of principle that we have the right to peacefully assemble and protest village outside grievances before because we want to change still roll ok we're mr alden has told you that we are all subject your eyes when i say we just like symbols and stay here and pick it the united states today
billion dollars their system afloat most of the twelve thousand undergraduates campus revolution is a spectator sport when winston senator claims as the us has taken action into its own
we always realized that law
they really think that i ordered them read questions later that tuesday president babbage and his aides tried to measure the day's events that's what kind of reaction from a very representative and that there are private but you felt that and that is the very least and therefore for the fourth time a political moratorium on the beach jack the other the university community if a group of people assembled in this fashion are they subject to an
ordered to disperse all this really aren't fact i think they'd be arrested though without even bothering with you an ordinary commute i mean it has happened on the nation and part real policemen were subjected to this type of producer nina just wouldn't take away that there's always verbal abuse i can speak today because i couldn't hear you saying de la character that we're not but i think that the president was talking generally generally if this happened anywhere but a college campus that this would be any discussion about this it seems to me isn't really yours critically important point to get across to our colleagues is that we have for centuries institutions like this enjoyed a degree of immunity from civil procedure because the assumption was made by the public that you add some are other govern ourselves maintain our own form of law and order and this included lots of gatherings in demonstrations and so
forth that the men should call in the civil authorities to maintain order on the campus you begin to live like they live in the rest of the world and it's not going on a limit on a college campus and more delicious ironies of the situation is that if we had declared a moratorium we would have been to keep the peace corps way for three days so which would have put us in that pretty idealistic they were recruiting in the student union during the delicious irony that does take place as associate professor david cole facts and ds ds confront peace corps recruiters that's because
the constitution this is because baby
you think it's b nice beaches you know you have a lot fun that echoes an estimated that it's gathering of people in the state and around the nation that you know welcome to my nineteen ruling others
today we came to play all the tactics that the minority we were small know that one or use that we thought they are one and all they do not demand significant support chris b you know
all right yeah it is people are very clear that the job now we see at our table i think after we finish at or perhaps some allies but i am not just a just a just you in this that major stages the budget should get together because i don't know maybe a sovereign nation so they're within what their weapons but i think there is an
ample reason to implement it we'll end with this that there were sixty seven people sitting there i myself i didn't sit there to see that it was i was afraid to lose my nba alone because i have a wife and because i have a kids and it has been postponed has been going for years i tell you this is the end if its tonight i'm going there and they congratulated him and he's been to pay any old people
but it is still some two hundred activists trying to radicalize a student body of twelve thousand and so for most of the characters in his classes as usual spiritually distinguishing the ominous transcendental epic diaz and recruiting as usual we are the christmas holidays as we talk right now are only six days away and to be perfectly candid with you my hope is that we can keep going until the christmas holidays arrive we haven't two weeks of vacation and one more week of classes examinations another vacation between semesters and hopefully in six weeks of of schedule moratorium that a lot of people in the middle of their lives
can then start to think you get a little more a little more human level this rhetoric little as posturing and i'm hoping very much to keep a lid on three other we add may i say your money that as part of the strike strategy has the years members of her as various prizes to explain their point of view that was important more important for us to point out to people that dow enough to stop all corporations in america
participate in a system that is oppressing people around the world impressing people right here in america and what the blocks of migrant workers the miners in the south i saw some business this summer in there a miserable conditions and sizes and our priorities that's why we won and that's the dow we said sure he's rubbing their civil liberties to be a simple privilege to have an interview but his country's interim the civil rights people in vietnam for the distance and he says billy but if we were if we are in a society that was moral if we're in a society where all people had civil rights and liberties civil liberties and i was that nobody should file a disability at all but when you're living in a society that's corrupt that's a moral that exist to make profit that puts one man against
another man cause of motivation then they have no right to use that one people like to call us communists and say we want your recipes and they don't have to deal with the thing that just can't you know they call ohio it comes to their dealers you say your country but the communists are not the people to be worried about in this world right now as a communist i just another form of imperialism economists are furious just like the united states arb hearings there are varying degrees of varying types of comments and communism in vietnam may be totally different part and will be eichinger usually given communism in russia ok so we're not for comments that were full of say the united states and in this political you just go
nice job what do you say right now surely you're ignorant of what it means to be socialized to be political systems in the system has affected me it's worth a lot of my thinking is a lot of anxieties and me there's certain things i can't do you know like i don't want to say certain words because it makes turn rejection while lifting you have to try to do is first to recognize that doesn't matter what society you live in that society determines your morality what you think it is that you live the time is now and is now say well maybe so those things are right now and let's look around see what what the truth is
you know going there and leave when athletes going there now that some of the people i would do and talk and do it today and do enough we have tell you about what's going on that of one hundred people and you know you may not like the extended yet again the thing about one hundred people the
same action that and punished for that problem at the university of the fire did anyone tell you that like really be good at it now this is
a poem the peak to peak the plant amy
i'm doing well please please i wouldn't allow from cops when reading it one of my house and then you lift off i feel as long as you let it happen in your own home and extrapolate condoning the same thing you are wiretapping you notice or condoning the idea and i feel lost sure if kids won a recruit but they wont get off campus know this is my home and for you want compromise this deal is you know i was
just a mess almonds really well i'm minority rights will not stop in their recruiting a half mile off campus was not much it's just that i was recruiting of my house tuesday the ninth day of the revolution was striking the luncheons are connecticut plays massachusetts yes yes to anything
well you know maintain your age as i mean i think what it was that the many things that a thousand year and there are five hundred or resistance was before we don't know we know the relation it's b
an important thing to point out is where his interests are not enough to see cabbage you know the man the father figure right you've got appointed fact it sits on five corp board of directors including tattling on clinton's visits arizona bankers unlocking director with the aircraft that caused that we have that we got to build these new have been building anti capitalist content includes and this isn't right a pop
finally revolution gives way to christmas recess there are strong reactions from some parents this place is big at fb one of them was running against then they go into a year or a little bit of an education social advantages that the west of paris that you have may have like subject is the situation but i don't think that the force with demonstrations of insulin in my case it included most of the
planet so was there was a strike laws the improvements this year if wasn't for my parents that this particular time and though sometimes fail to express this time i probably would've really gotten killed over on the latest in that material science books and just in terms of support because i know a lot of the kids right now are so called as a psychologist who's alienated from their parents madame with the parents a lot of the kids' appear at all as with their pension and cut off funds would want a ceo don't do that again but i've got great support but they want the cabbage and spoke to him an idea my father is dead my mother on china just wants me to make a shoe is than she realizes i'm not going to make it this way has
she realizes things are wrong button she's like first generation is she feels that all americans knew the events walters thought the best place on earth and that whole black soul on she's worried about a lot of things jewish jordan i can get to school it's i notice her dream that you're all her boys go to college and come doctors and that's part of being a man you know nineteen sixty nine i think america's used it used to be a will take solace in the idea of feel the risk is you know is so great when measured against the kind of the kinds of crime being committed by this country kinds of exploitation of people of the world you know you measured against say the abscess is in the face of a napalm child the deeper you get in the more i mean more you realize that the system has not been a band it's not but it will only a band to a certain point and then it comes down hard and yet
i think in the end you not because it through changing people's minds for the very simple reason you don't have access to the mines through the media through are just talking and i'm just so i guess you won't know such a bit against her changing and i hate to think that the democracies of fate can't bring myself to believe i think we just have to work a whole lot harder than we've been contending that we take it for granted that we had such a stable such a sensible for the government nobody in his right mind was concerned that destroyed only came in september the good kids and scamper stop our babbage was you know kind of use the air in an end i was in power because these human relations techniques course and then they bring on two hundred state please in on the campus and turns out that we propped up by his power i must
compromise must take into account a wide range of opinions and try to represent the best interests of the institution that to impose upon the institution my own personal conviction would would be dishonest well where's the ocean imposing my own personal views of this institution and its policies would be an act of arrogance so i have to stop short of arrogance in the interests of the institution december eighteenth the lid has been kept on on the opening agenda of the meeting of the board of trustees for items concerning the usual interests of the institution first a report from the provost mr ryan holladay co owner
of a lot of our quality holiday and won mr profits from university research would be split twenty eight point seven five million to fourteen point three years later what to do about a piece of donated sculpture art gallery and here's why finally the ten days in december are taken up by the board and its chairman john jay barth of the travelers insurance company and beauty the films of campus disturbances that i began to compliment back and babbage for the excellent judgment and diplomacy which he displayed as well as for is bigger of persistence in his house effort to attempt to meet so many representatives of the academic community in a sincere effort
to resolve a series of very very trying problems on the other hand we all regret the indignity to which he had been subjected to and the discomforts and inconveniences imposed upon him and on his family let me just say mr chairman that i appreciate very much the sentiment and if i thought the board did not support me and it's not about race and that under the circumstances i would recommend against any formal endorsement of the president's activities unnecessary i appreciate the sentiment greatly but i don't think it's appropriate to fight hard liners here are not opposed to any change will to improve this institution and as president babbage's so often remark the only rule that cannot be changed here you never know because the rule of reason since this program has
been further protests and arrests the university has fired one activist professor told professors are over in colfax their contracts will be terminated in june nineteen seventy despite the recommendation of tenure from colfax it apart and brought charges against another faculty member which could subject him to five years in prison the dissenters say they will not take their case to the community and seek an alliance with black students and what of the future for the campus once called fun farm president of the end of what's going on here is symptomatic of the basic problems with in our society and i think probably we're in for a fairly long sea those
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Diary of a Student Revolution
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This program reveals the views and actions of two contemporary opponents: the radical student and the college president. the program was filmed over a ten-day period just prior to Christmas vacation at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, where students had mobilized to protest campus recruitment by outside industry. One film crew stays with the SDS students, recording their views and strategy meetings as they seek self-determination. Another crew remains with the president of the university, Dr. Homer D. Babbidge, Jr., throughout the ten-day period. A month earlier, two demonstrations had been directed against the recruiting activities of the Dow Chemical and Olin Mathieson corporations, resulting in on-campus bloodshed and arrests by the State Police. In December, when the film begins, the action is joined again, with the onset of another recruitment period. The program intimately follows the course of events, detailing the anger, frustration, and opposing attitudes which are fomenting in the period from December 8 to 18 -- not only involving the SDS students and the university president, but other "moderate" and "conservative" students as well. NET Journal -- "Diary of a Student Revolution" is an NET production. Written and produced by Morton Silberstein ("What Harvest for the Reaper?" and "The Poor Pay More") with Barbara Gordon and Lynne Littman. This hour-long piece was shot in black and white. (Description adapted from documents in the NET Microfiche)
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Editor: Alberston, Eric
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