CMU Vietnam War demonstrators to discuss power of student protests

Students occupy Central Hall, home of the ROTC program, and rename it Freedom Hall on May 5, 1970 after the SGA called for campus wide demonstrations after the U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the death of student protestors at Kent State.

Student protests have long been a part of Central Michigan University's history. Now, a bit of that history is coming back to reflect on the evolution of campus activism.

Eight CMU alumni who protested the Vietnam War are returning to campus to speak during "Student Activism: Then and Now" at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Bovee University Center Auditorium. 

The event, which is hosted by WCMU Public Media, is free and open to the public. It will focus on student activism in the 1960s and hopes to give new perspective to current student activists. 

A livestream will be available at

The following participants are all CMU alumni:

  • Janice Fialka
  • Jon Childs
  • Rick Kedzierski 
  • Denny Adams
  • Mary Irvine
  • David Aikens
  • Ron Williams
  • Cathy Courtney

CMU's Student Government Association's Facebook post supporting the event said the alumni will "discuss their thoughts, the costs, their effectiveness and what they've learned" from their time of being a student protestor.