Universities: Protesting the Protesters

Amid the waves of campus unrest rolling across the U.S., the University of Maryland was a sea of tranquillity; not a picket had been visible on campus all year. Properly impressed, Maryland President Wilson H. Elkins last month commended his 22,000 students for "their orderly conduct and constructive criticism," and deplored "the small groups" at other campuses, "which flout regulations, oppose any authority and confuse freedom with license to do as they wish."

He should have kept his peace. Elkins' speech immediately set a "small group" of students at Maryland to feeling lonely....