Fourteen of 15 freshmen interviewed on the campus said they did not feel any connection with the lives of the students who were protesting the United States’ invasion of Cambodia at the time.Indeed.
The university requires first-year students to watch a historical video of what happened that day and the events leading to it: the violent confrontation between protesters and local police and the burning of the R.O.T.C. building near the Commons.
Freshmen attribute their lack of interest to the time span.
“Our generation doesn’t necessarily really care because it happened so long ago none of us were alive,” said Ethan Moore, a freshman majoring in nursing. “Though it definitely shouldn’t be forgotten because they were people, too.”
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Yesterday was the anniversary of the Kent State shootings, a pivotal event in the Vietnam antiwar protest movement. At least according to this story, the significance of the events of May 4, 1970 may be largely lost on today's college freshmen: