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40 years ago: Anti-war protest group occupies Strong Hall

May 10, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 10, 1972:

About 100 anti-war protesters were occupying a portion of Kansas University's Strong Hall this morning after having spent the previous afternoon and night there. Originally the demonstrators had occupied Chancellor Laurence Chalmers' office complex, but at about 4:30 this morning they had chosen to avoid arrests by leaving the office suite and moving just outside the entry door and into the second floor hallway. All-night talks had taken place between Chalmers, protester representatives, and the University Senate Executive Committee. Demands presented by the group focused on what they called "university complicity" in the war effort. They were seeking the establishment of a student-faculty committee to look into university research or investments that might be contributing to the war effort. The mood of the protesters appeared to run a range of emotions, with some shouting angrily and some peacefully singing and holding hands to demonstrate solidarity.

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