The Nation: Quad Angles . . .

Before breaking for summer vacation, students on U.S. college campuses had time to register an entire spectrum of response to the Watergate scandal, ranging from moral indignation and self-righteousness to sympathy and support for the President. Some called for the rescinding of honorary degrees and speaking invitations to Nixon Administration officials. For example, Attorney General Elliot Richardson decided to cancel a commencement address at Georgetown University when threatened with a massive boycott.

But the vast majority seemed to take a surprisingly measured, some might even say cynical view. Noting that the result of the spring 1972 student elections at the University of...

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