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Fraternizing with the Enemy in '68
John Gaguine
Columbia College 1969

During the events of spring 1968, I joined the members of the Majority Coalition who had formed a line encircling Low Library in an attempt to starve out the students who were occupying it. However, my participation was brief. I was engaging in conversations with passersby, most of them supporting the strike, who would ask me why I was taking the position that I was. But the leaders of the Coalition - mostly members of various Columbia athletic teams - insisted that members of the line should not converse with the "enemy." Accordingly, I left the line. I still do not understand the mindset of those Majority Coalition leaders.

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