Dreaming of a Better World: Student Rebellion in 1960s Regina

Roberta Lexier

Abstract


The late 1960s and early 1970s was a time of widespread social upheaval; universities around the world witnessed an explosion with activism and demands for a better world. The University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus was founded during these turbulent years and thus developed a strong culture of student radicalism. This paper examines the two major events that shook the university during this period. The first, the so-called Carillon Crisis, was an attempt by the University Board of Governors to censor the Regina Campus student newspaper, The Carillon. The second, the occupation of the offices of the Dean of Arts and Science and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research was an attempt by students to formalize student representation within the university community. Demanding that the university and surrounding society live up to the ideals of democracy they proclaimed, these protests left a lasting impression not only on the development of the university, but on the students themselves.

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