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ERIC Number: ED449764
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Pages: 28
Abstractor: N/A
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Student Uprisings at Michigan State University: Riot or Revolution?
Eddy, Pamela; Hornak, Anne; Murphy, Elaine
The reactions of constituencies of students, administrators, faculty, and community members to student uprisings on the campus of Michigan State University in 1999 were studied. Interviews with 20 people, representing students, administrators, and community members, explored the events leading up to the disturbance of March 27, 1999, following a basketball defeat. Property damage, police action, and extensive media coverage resulted from the disturbance. Data were collected a year after the event. Participants generally characterized the disturbance as a "riot," a "revolution," or a "wild party." There was no evidence that a given constituency produced the same interpretation of the event, and there was fluidity among the broadly outlined categories. However, people not directly involved in the disturbance were more likely to call it a riot. The liberal leaning faculty and some students thought that revolution was a more apt phrase. A recurrent theme was that the university is lacking in traditions that students can observe each year and that the disturbance represented an attempt to create tradition by some students. The issue of alcohol consumption appeared to be at the center of the argument about tradition. The findings do demonstrate that there is more than one way to interpret what is happening on campuses and that students want the right to voice their concerns. (Contains 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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