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“Takin’ it to the Streets”: Anti-ROTC Protests at MSU
In the 1960s, students at Michigan State University echoed nationwide anti-war sentiments. For multiple reasons, student activists began to question the role of the military in the university. In 1960, students joined together to protest what was, at that time, compulsory ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps). One group of students and faculty raised their fists in solidarity, carrying picket signs that read “No Regimentation at MSU”, “Education or Indoctrination???”, and “Politics and Universities don’t Mix!. University policy came to reflect these concerns in 1962 when ROTC became an elective program at MSU. Some universities had chosen to abolish ROTC altogether. Commanding General of the U.S. Continental Army Command, Herbert Powell, anticipated MSU’s ability to continue the program in an “efficient” manner, even as an elective. He noted that the military still relied on “enlightened and patriotic supporters among faculty and students to point out to each and every man at State the absolutely essential nature of the ROTC program” (381 Thomas.)Though male students were no longer required to do Reserve Officer’s Training, many continued to enroll in the program.
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"Those fans are in for a world of hurt...they've never gone up against a premium message board fan base like ours."-Vim
Oh great, now that you brought this up Drew Sharp will probably see it and have a full page article in Freep recapping it.
"Revisiting 1960's MSU Riots: The Beginning of the Thuggery?" - Drew Sharp
Wait, did Males at MSU have to be in ROTC before 62'? That is nuts.
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