Students: The Power of Protest

The building was complete, even to the glistening gold letters that proclaimed: THE MAURICE AND DOROTHY GORDON BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

OF NURSING BUILDING. All that remained to be done last week was the dedication. But two hours before the ceremony, Philanthropist Gordon announced that he not only would not attend but also had withdrawn the $500,000 gift that had made the $2.7 million building possible.

The last-minute turnabout was the result of a campaign by B.U. students to portray Gordon, who is one of Boston's biggest landowners, as a profiteer in slum property. The campus newspaper raked up a 1933 real-estate-rackets...