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Columbia University / Students For A Democratic Society / Unrest #1775

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Sep 19, 1968
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(Studio) 30 suspended students at Columbia University try to force way into gym to register. Students and their supporters insist on general amnesty for those who took point in spring protests.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(NYC) Campus quiet during summer. Students for a Democratic Society meeting shown. Che Guevara is symbol of defiance. Radicals oppose University complicity in Vietnam war and racism. President Grayson Kirk resigns. [Acting President Andrew CORDIER - says want to unite campus and come up with interesting and challenging programs that'll gain support of all.] Students for Restructured University sympathetic to reform and discussion. Negotiate with faculty, administration and alumni. [S.R.U. Neal HURWITZ - tells University that if they don't respond to us, they'll have to deal with radical groups.] Students for a Democratic Society members try to force their way into faculty mtg. on September 12, 1968. Students kept out. [Chairperson Faculty Executive Committee Prof. Michael SOVERN - describes radicals point of view. Some of SDS might be satisfied with University gestures, but toughest wouldn't be. Tom Hayden says Students for a Democratic Society want University standing against mainstream of American society or no U. at all.] Students for a Democratic Society member talks to crowd. [Students for a Democratic Society MEMBER - thinks direct actions will be taken against pts. of University connected with war effort and stopping University expansion into community. Trying to change own lives and defend lives of Vietnam and people in this community. More important than University studies.] [CORDIER - says won't respond to demands or ultimatums. Willing to talk with SDS all night long, but not in spirit of threat, demand or ultimatum.] Admin. hopes major students will settle for more democratic University
REPORTER: Marlene Sanders

Reynolds, Frank;
Sanders, Marlene

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