The Roles of President Clark and the Oregon Daily Emerald In the 1970 Protests on the University of Oregon Campus
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Like many colleges and universities throughout the United States in the late 1960s and early 1970s, the University of Oregon experienced a variety of anti-war student protests on its usually peaceful green campus. Students at the University of Oregon, upset with the unjust war in Vietnam, the draft, and the feeling that their parents’ generation was ignoring their voice and first amendment right to protest, took to the streets and administration buildings their demands for justice. The administrators of the University of Oregon, as well as other demonstration prone universities like UC Berkeley, Columbia, and San Francisco State, faced new challenges as the demonstrations and protests erupted into unprecedented forms of violence and student/faculty/community discontent. Different University Presidents handled the disruptions differently. On the University of Oregon campus, President Robert D. Clark’s voice of reason and calm kept dangerous situations from escalating into uncontrollable ones. The events of the late 1960s and early 1970s, on the microcosm of the university campus, epitomized an era of transition and shifting values among the younger generation of America.