Students: The Hounds of Spring

"They have a good time, that Princeton crowd," mused New Jersey Governor Richard J. Hughes as a barrage of cherry bombs blitzed the gubernatorial front lawn. That Princeton crowd, a mob of 1,500 students, was launching the 1963 Intercollegiate Spring Riot Season by burning benches, smashing railroad cars, tipping Volkswagens, and rending fences. Then off to nearby Westminster Choir College, where from dormitory windows some of the girls defended their honor by tossing out panties and others by tossing out potted plants. When the bonfires cooled next morning, 14 of Princeton's fiercest Tigers were booked and bailed. "Shocking," said...