1970: a time of turmoil on campus
Colleges nationwide experienced huge protests after four students were killed by national guardsmen during a demonstration at Kent State University in Ohio. Gov. Ronald Reagan responded by ordering all UC and CSU campuses to close on a Wednesday for an extended weekend--or perhaps longer. Even the Daily Titan staff was ordered out of its office and typesetting facility, forcing the staff to publish a very abbreviated edition (see below).
At one point professors were told to assign grades based on work completed up to that time instead of attempting to finish their courses. Some profs said that was unfair or simply impossible and gave nothing but "A" grades as a protest! Eventually the campus was reopened and some final exams were held as scheduled.
what greeted students in the McCarthy Hall breezeway more than once in
Probably the thing that
led to the worst confrontations at Cal State Fullerton was an appearance
at an academic convocation by Gov. Ronald Reagan on Feb. 9, 1970.
His talk was disrupted repeatedly by hecklers, including a child in the
bleachers who made a famous gesture of contempt. Disciplinary actions
resulting from that event triggered a semester of campus protests.
As the unrest reached a
climax, there were law enforcement sweeps to clear the campus of thousands
of students (and faculty) who were protesting not only out of concern for
the larger issues of the day but also about alleged abuses of their rights
during previous campus demonstrations, including the protest of Reagan's
At times the violent confrontations
between police and students were recorded by photographers from the upper
balconies of the Humanities Building. If anything like this were
to happen in the Quad today, it would not be possible to take a photo like
this for two reasons: the trees have grown so large that this planter
area is mostly invisible from the balconies, and the upper balconies have
been enclosed with grid structures to prevent suicides.
of the more colorful instances of student activism, a protester dumps a
half gallon of milk on Russ Keely, director of campus security.