Cornell Sit-In Ends. Click the button below to read the text or click the image to enlarge.
A Des Moines Register article about the Old Sem takeover. Click the button below to read the text or click the image to enlarge.
MOUNT VERNON. JA. - Thirty students were suspended from Cornell College late Thursday for their participation in a take-over of the administration building Thursday morning.
Dr. Samuel Enoch Stumpf, Cornell president, announced the suspensions at a press conference after an afternoon meeting of the Cornell faculty.
The 30black students and white supporters – including,the president of the student body and the son of a Cornell professor -- earlier had been charged along with three non-students with unlawful assembly after they voluntarily walked out of the administration building about 10:15 a .m. – five hours after the building had been taken over.
The spokesmen for the students who took over the administration building, Doyle Raglon, 20, said the young people wanted to "shock the campus because Cornell is pretty damn complacent and racist.”
In a prepared statement, Stumpf detailed the events of the day and concluded by saying:
"At its meeting this afternoon, the faculty of Cornell College has voted to suspend without prejudice the students who were in the administration building pending judicial determination of their cases by Cornell College."
The press conference had been delayed two hours awaiting the end of the faculty meeting. After reading his statement, Stumpf refused to answer any questions by reporters who wanted clarification of the exacr meaning of the suspension and the steps involved in “judicial determination.”
Stumpf announced Thursday night he will explain the administration’s position of the incident at a convocation at 10 a.m. today.
While the building was under student control, a list of four demands by the black students was Sent to the administration.
The demands included:
A black activity center, which would contain a library of works by black authors, an assembly and lecture hall and a social center.
That at least 10 per cent of
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Faculty response to the takeover. Click the button below to read the text or click the image to enlarge.
Recognizing the intricacies of our present national and local situation with respect to the needs and problems of the black members of our community, and recognizing the concern, idealism and frustration of the students who occupied the administration building on October 17, the undersigned Professors of Cornell College wish to state their unequivocal disapproval of the action taken by those students. We support the right of peaceful dissent, but this act disrupted the normal life and educational processes of the College. It was an unlawful use of physical force in a community dedicated to orderly procedures, the life of reason, and respect for the rights and opinions of others. We call upon all members of the Cornell community to reject this kind of behavior and to join us in trying to reestablish an atmosphere in which the hard but important task of liberal education can be resumed.
Robert L. Bunting
C. William Heywood
Cecil F . Dam
Paul M. Maaske
Watson M. Davis
Francis A. Pray
William A. Deskin
Earl D. Scott
F . A. DuVal
John B. Shackford
W. W. Ehrmann
Wilbur W. West