1970-Campus Disturbance - Flagpole, Newcomb Hall
This film begins in the morning of May 5, 1970, and shows Mike Levy (Arts & Sciences 1970) dousing an effigy of Richard Nixon with lighter fluid and setting it alight, while another student speaks and the student photographers (Mike Smith) cover the action. Symbolic graves that had been dug are uncovered. Several students speak, followed by a woman (Jeannine Herron). The crowds then move towards the Newcomb flagpole. The camera is repositioned to a higher vantage point to capture the scuffles between the students and administrators (Henry Mason, John McDowell, Jesse Morgan) as policemen walk through crowd. The flag is eventually lowered and the crowd cheers. The film cuts back to the original University Center balcony vantage point to film the afternoon memorial service, continuing with footage of students and priests speaking at the podium, images of the coffins, the graves, crosses on the quad, the crowds sitting peacefully or standing and praying, another effigy of President Nixon that is again lit on fire, other students speaking (Collins Valee, Mike Levy), and students filling in the graves at the end of the film. See "Student Demonstration" for other footage of action shot on the same day. Shot on double-perf color reversal. B-wind. Ektachrome stock with 1970 Kodak date code.