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The TAA begins what will be a five-week strike on April 1. Students and police clash in front of the Chemistry Building on April 10.
Students for a Libertarian Society march on State Street and burn their selective service registration cards in an anti-draft protest.
Students protest throughout November against a $30 surcharge in tuition due to state budget cuts. A similar surcharge was instituted in fall 1980. Resident undergraduate tuition for fall 1981 was $492.50.
Violence between CARP and Progressive Labor Party members results in 8 arrests for disorderly conduct, and Cleaver cutting his speech short.
1,000 people at the Stock Pavilion protest U.S. intervention in Central America, especially Nicaragua.
October 27-28, 1983
Several protests are held in response to the US invasion of Grenada. Protestors include “Macho Nerds for Reagan,” a satirical anti-Reagan student group.
September 21, 1984
WSA sponsors a “drink-in” with 600 people at the Capitol to protest raising the drinking age to 21.
September 25, 1984
30 protesters disrupt CIA recruiters in Science Hall.
Vice Presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro appears on campus. The campus was heavily in favor of the Mondale-Ferraro presidential ticket, or heavily anti-Reagan, including the satirical group “Macho Nerds for Reagan”.
November 15, 1984
30 protesters visit businesses with “destructive” investments in Central America.
late February 1985
Anti-apartheid protests lead to cancellation of a talk by Pieter Claasen from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
April 10, 1985
90 students protest CIA recruitment on campus and clash with police, who use mace on the crowd.
March 3, 1986
Students protest against Hormel recruiters at Agriculture Hall, in sympathy with striking Hormel workers in Minnesota.
300 people rally against Reagan’s proposed aid to the Contras in Nicaragua.
early April 1986
Students take part in anti-apartheid demonstrations, including building a shantytown at the Capitol.
February 23, 1987
Students occupy the office of Acting Chancellor Bernard Cohen to protest CIA recruitment on campus. Cohen is not there; students return on the 25-26.
275 students rally against racism on Bascom Hill.
The Black Student Union organizes a “Day of Outrage Against Racism” in response to a fraternity’s “slave auction.”
Around 1,500 students take part in a rally to support abortion rights.