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A very important battle continues to be fought in the courts and on campus at Akron University by Professor Jerry Carr, a Marxist sociologist.

In 1976 Carr was informed that he would not be rehired (or granted tenure) after the 1977-78 school year due to "an inadequate publications record", although several KSU sociology professors and the Akron University chapter of the AAUP had testified to the fact that Carr's publications and research were of excellent quality. If his academic record is excellent, then why the firing?

This can be best explained by citing a letter that the tenured sociology professors at Akron U. sent Carr in 1975. In the letter, the professors accuse Carr of "teaching from a limited perspective and not being

open minded."

Quite obviously this letter was a thinly veiled attack on Carr's Marxist

perspective of sociology and his involvement in political struggles. (Recently Carr was active in the KSU gym struggle and in fighting the Akron abortion ordinance.)

Carr asserts that the sociology department and the university have acted in violation of both his academic and constitutional rights. In an attempt to be reinstated and granted tenure, Carr has filed a lawsuit in Akron District Court against the University.

The University's phony allegations are further exposed by the questions they are demanding Carr answer by affidavit in that court case. These include questions like: "What is your personal political philosophy and ideology?", and "Would

you consider yourself a Marxist?" Obviously, Akron U. and its sociology department are involved in a vigorous attack on Marxist faculty members and Marxism in general.

Dr. Carr's case is clear. But he needs our support to force the courts and Akron University to reinstate him. Recently, Akron students successfully petitioned to have the issue of Carr's firing placed on the general election ballot May 2. Kent students and others can help by sending donations for legal defense to the

"Keep Carr Committee"
c/o Elliot Podwell, English Department
Akron University

For more information on local support efforts contact Bob Hart at 678-1775 or Box #52, student life office, KSU.


approximately 3000 KSU students gathered on the Commons surrounding the victory bell, the traditional rallying site on our campus. Determined KSU students gathered to protest the invasion of Cambodia and also to protest the invasion our our campus by the brutal Ohio National Guard.

On that sunny spring afternoon, some guardsmen had murder on their minds. Before the guardsmen attacked the students, General Canterbury said, "we're going to teach these students what law and order is all about!"

When the peaceful student rally began with a few anti-war slogans, the nearly 100 guardsmen began to march across the Commons toward the peaceful gathering. Martial law had not been declared. The rally was perfectly legal and peaceful. Still, the guard charged toward the students under the noonday sun.

The guardsmen fired a great deal of tear gas while marching with rifles and bayonets toward the students. The gathering of unarmed students ran away, over Taylor Hill and down the hill to the Prentice Hall parking lot.

The guardsmen followed over the hill and marched to an athletic practice field, at the bottom of the hill, adjacent to the parking lot.

The peaceful crowd of students, provoked by the guardsmen's attack, responded by throwing a few stones from a great distance that fell far short of the guardsmen. Some guardsmen also threw stones at the students. Other guardsmen, members of "Troop G" menacingly aimed their rifles toward the students in the parking lot area. and toward a few flag-waving students.

Then the guardsmen began to march

back up the hill, seemingly retreating to their original position on the Commons.

As they marched back up the hill. nearly 100 guardsmen across a line formation, members  of "Troop G", were looking over their shoulders toward the distant parking lot where they ultimately aimed and fired their weapons. While the guardsmen marched back up the hill, the students generally remained in the distant parking lot. A very few students followed the guard's retreat, at a significant distance. Suddenly, when the line of nearly 100 guardsmen reached the top of the hill, only members of "Troop G" simultaneously turned, raised their weapons and fired into the distant crowd of unarmed students. It looked like a firing squad.

Eyewitness testimony of guardsmen and students proved that there was an order to fire when the shooting began. This simultaneous action, taken by the dozen members of "Troop G", was the result of a conspiracy among these guardsmen and their commanding officers. It was no accident. It was murder.

During the thirteen seconds of gunfire, nearly 100 bullets were fired into a crowd of unarmed students. Testimony and investigation proved that there was no sniper and no rock-throwing at the time of the shootings. The guardsmen's lives were not were not in danger. These killers did not panic; they carried out a coldly calculated maneuver which was intentional and devastating.

Four students were murdered in the faraway parking lot, at distances of 300 to 500 feet from the guardsmen who fired from the top of the hill. Nine other students were wounded at distances of 60 to 700 feet away from the triggermen. Powerful bullets even ripped through the steel bodies of automobiles in the parking lot. So you can imagine the severe injuries suffered by the thirteen young KSU students who desperately sought to escape this rain of deadly bullets.

Allison Krause, Jeff Miller, Sandy Scheueur and Bill Schroeder were murdered on our campus. All four were either nineteen of twenty years old. They did nothing to deserve the execution they received on that sunny spring afternoon.

In May of 1970, the courageous and heroic students of Kent State University, with live and blood, wrote a magnificent chapter in the history of the  American student movement. It was an honorable cause which prompted the Kent students to take actions on their own--they were protesting the criminal invasion of their campus by the Ohio National Guard, and the no less criminal invasion of Cambodia. In retrospect, the students at Kent State in May of 1970 deserve our respect and admiration.

Only the bullets fired by a small band of cowards could temporarily halt the justifiable rebellion of Kent students. Since 1970, a pervasive cover-up of the truth about the Kent State Massacre has been implemented by the government, the courts, the news media and now the university. While some would have us believe that our fallen brothers and sisters were simply the victims of a "tragedy", but thousands upon thousands of us at Kent State and elsewhere understand that it was murder and that it was intentional. Neither time nor the cover-up can conceal the truth from the eyes of those who care to see.

The actions of Governor Rhodes, the triggermen and their commanding officers of the Ohio National Guard in 1970 deserve our strongest condemnation. We'll never forgive and we'll never forget!

next week:
the cover-up
and the May 4



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