MU to host panel on impact of Vietnam-era protests

Sunday, April 20, 2014 | 6:00 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A panel on the impact of MU student protests during the Vietnam War will be held at 7:30 p.m. Monday at MU.

Vietnam War Protests at Mizzou: The Legacy of the Kent State and Jackson State Killings will explore the significance of the student protests and how they altered MU culture and policy. The event will be held in Room 18 at Tucker Hall.

Panelists include MU professors Paul Wallace and Bill Wickersham, who were both at MU in 1970. Wallace helped organize anti-war protests on campus and in the community, and Wickersham helped represent student protesters at the time.

Other participants include Musa Ilu, a student involved in the anti-apartheid protests at MU in the 1980s; John Betz, an MU student protestor in 1970; and Curtis Edwards, a current MU graduate instructor researching how social movements affect public policy.

An open discussion will follow the panel.

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Michael Williams April 20, 2014 | 12:44 p.m.

Ahh, aging flower children reliving their glory dayz for one last hurrah before the cane and walker.

Personally, I enjoyed the week of streaking a whole lot more. Why, we even held the national "record", but only for one night. And, of course, Lady Godiva rode down the street one evening in front of the Loeb Group. All-in-all, much more pleasant and satisfying than the cardboard shantytown.

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Ellis Smith April 20, 2014 | 5:55 p.m.

Very interesting. Sadly, I never streaked, for the following reasons:

1- Wrong American college era. Ours was the age of panty raids, but we had to drive all the way to St. Charles to find panties to raid. Damned waste of gasoline!

2- The Rolla jail had (and may still have) cockroaches.

3- I was reticent to display my shortcomings (and continue to be).

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Ellis Smith April 21, 2014 | 8:07 a.m.


Having eaten WAY too much Easter dinner (my daughter's in-laws are of Dutch origin, which means you don't stop piling food on the table until the table legs threaten to buckle), and having read your comment, I got out one of my old yearbooks and found the following:

1- My class year had 231 graduates, ONE of them female. She was a Chemist and did rather well for herself. She spent her career working for the feds, and late in her career she had about 50 employees under direct supervision, so she must have had a fairly robust "GS" rating. She is still alive and has enjoyed the benefits of government retirement.

2- Having only one woman in a class of over 200 graduates would have been typical for that era. Some years there were none. During that same era some private technical institutes (Rose Polytechnic Institute, for example) wouldn't even admit female students.

3- By way of contrast, the number of annual graduates from my daughter's granddaughters' high schools was about 230.

4- So what's that got to do with MU? Since WWII the ratio of students at MU vs. MS&T has remained remarkably close to 4:1. The year I graduated, our total enrollment was about 1,500, so enrollment at MU would have been around 6,000.
Can you today imagine MU with an enrollent of only 6,000?

5- Columbia was a LOT smaller then than now. After spring graduation and until late August, downtown stores (there WERE no malls) closed on Saturdays at Noon.

6- Male/female ratio at MU would have closer to 50:50. I don't think there was streaking at MU either at that time. :) Typical female attire would have been white blouses, cardigan sweaters, skirts WELL below the knees, and saddle oxford shoes or penny loafers; typical male dress would have been dress shirt, open at the collar, with pullover sweater, slacks, and penny loafers.

7- Tyical male attrie at [then MSM] would have been blue jeans, anything for a top that had somewhat recently been laundered, and foot gear ranging from penny loafers to engineers' boots. Shaving (males) was optional and sparingly practiced except weekends. We invented "grunge" before it became nationally popular.

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