Phi Beta Cons

Columbia in 1968

The 40th anniversary of the student revolt at Columbia University is quietly passing. A friend who held a staff position at the time told me that when it finally came time for the students occupying Low Library to be read a letter demanding they leave, President Grayson Kirk had to ask the director of resident life and dining services to read it because he couldn’t find a professor willing to do it. Fear, probably, although my friend used a stronger word.