As the Vietnam War dragged into the 1970s and antiwar sentiment swept through the country, University students’ protests became increasingly violent.
Campus protests culminated in an arson attack on the Union, the trashing of the Military Science building and the deaths of students Rick Dowdell and Nick Rice by police, all in the spring and summer of 1970.
Chancellor E. Laurence Chalmers led the University for three years from 1969 to 1972, a relatively short reign compared to others who have held the position. During the height of the protests, Chalmers kept the University open in the face of threats of a student strike and pressure from the Board of Regents.
University graduate Allen Sanders has chronicled Chalmers and the protests in his 56-minute documentary “The Forgotten Bow Tie,” available on YouTube.
Sanders graduated from the University in 2014 with a degree in Film and Media Studies. He started work on “Bow Tie” in 2013 as a film student. Before and after graduation, Sanders assisted on small projects, including production work for the History Channel and for film professor Kevin Willmott on his 2013 film “Jayhawkers." Read more.