Page 12-Wednesday, May 3, 1978-The Michigan Daily
An arena full of sweltering graduates, friends and relatives
heard Vice President Walter Mondale extoll the value of
universities as the birth places for such government
programs as John Kennedy's Peace Corps and Lydon John-
son's Great Society during last week's commencement exer-
The 1978 grads and spectators got particularly hot under
robe and collar when a small group of protestors interrupted
Mondale's keynote speech with chants like "We know you're
on (South African Prime Minister) Vorster's side." Parents
and students joined in hissing and booing the dissenters as
they stood under signs reading "Fight Imperialism and
National Oppression" and "UM-USA Out of South Africa."
IN HIS SPEECH, Monday praised the "skepticism" of the
academic community and trabed the growth of the gover-
nment's programs to the university. He told the packed
crowd in Crisler Arena that the country "will languish unless
we apply what we have learned in schools like this."
Before he left hurriedly for an Asian trip, Mondale said
"The unrestrained growth of nuclear weapons must be stop-
ped now," and added the country's goals "are not served by.
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