A group of about 100 student protestors delayed groundbreaking ceremonies for Northwestern University’s new lakefront athletic complex by about 20 minutes this afternoon.

The protestors had a list of demands for University President Morton Schapiro focused on creating an improved atmosphere for students of color at the university.

They gathered initially at the Black House on campus and then marched to the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion, where the groundbreaking ceremony was taking place.

After the demonstration, NU Athletic Director Jim Phillips said he was proud of the protesters for exercising their freedom of speech and independent thinking.

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  1. The “revolution” can indeed

    The "revolution" can indeed be stopped. Mommy and Daddy could cut off the funds and order their precious, privilaged, youngsters back to class pronto. Or….NU and other Universities could use a little backbone and expel the disruptors as they have no right to damage property and cause chaos anytime they feel like it.

    Does having a "black house" serve a unifying purpose? Sounds quite exclusionary and racist to me.

    1. What the students got riight

      It was to be expected that NU students would have to find something to protest so as not to be seen ‘out of it’ and be politically correct.

      They were at least partly right.  NU could make the campus more comfortable and diverse by reducing costs so that those in need could afford to attend and everyone have less debt.

      Reducing all the new buildings, making sports complexes utilitarian for all students—i.e. cut out frills not related to health, not building new student unions and buildings for groups to have as their own.  Dramatically reducing the number of admin positions—they have VPs and SVP and Directors for every conceivable need [real or imagined] coming out the “you know what.”

      Cut out ‘special programs’ that are not really academic like Music, Journalism, Theater; cut down departments and Centers—now there are ______/American majors [and staff/budgets] for almost every conceivable group, Gender studies, courses in Soap Operas, sexual devises, and many things you could not imagine. Make the academic programs strong on academics—STEM, American/European/World [the later including cultures students say need to be considered], economics, government, etc..  Large savings could be obtained and better educated students.

      To promote safety [racial, sexual, and criminal], require interviews at least with alumni, psychological exams and police reports before acceptance for all students, faculty and staff. 

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