Universities: Stiffening the Spine

At a time when student unrest on the University of California's Berkeley campus seemed to be simmering down, a handful of cause-hunting students and some off-campus beatniks suddenly began shouting obscene words into a public-address system at Sproul Hall and displaying them on signs. The reaction of Berkeley police against what quickly got dubbed the "filthy speech movement" was swift: nine demonstrators were arrested (six turned out not to be registered students).

The reaction of University President Clark Kerr was slower. Two regents from Los Angeles, Board Chairman Edward Carter and Oilman Edwin Pauley, telephoned him and told him...

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