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From the Archives: Haverford Students a “Bunch of Beatniks”

Haverford College, prestigious though it may seem, has not always had the best reputation with the locals. Describing Haverford students as “radical,” “ultra-liberal,” and a “bunch of beatniks,” many of those interviewed in this 1969 article expressed concern with the ideological direction that the College seemed to be heading in. Haverford students and faculty during this time were often politically involved and served as active participants in protests against the Vietnam War and the Draft. The liberal leaning of the College prompted comments from some interviewees implying that communism was running rampant at Haverford. And although most agreed that Haverford excelled in academics, it was still no Notre Dame.



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