A Toronto Telegram Newspaper Clipping from Oct. 2, 1969: U of T(oronto) Radicals Routed

27Feb15

‘U OF T RADICALS ROUTED: Bissell lands a right hook’

An excerpt from the article below:-

“The moderate professors beamed their satisfaction – all except that all-purpose communications guru, Marshall McLuhan, who insisted on squatting cross-legged like a Buddha at Dr. Bissell’s feet. He made petulant faces at the photographers.

On one occasion he even crawled on his hands and knees over to the photographers, glared into the lens of one camera and scolded: “It’s cannibalism shoving a lens in my face – Scram, scram.”

Eventually McLuhan crawled behind speaker’s rostrum to make it tough on the photographers. When he left the meeting later, he bounded through the hall like the Sylph of Spring, or Bambi leaving the clearing. An odd, engaging fellow is Dr. McLuhan”.  (The Telegram, Toronto, Thursday, October 2nd, 1969)

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'"On one occasion he [McLuhan] even crawled on his hands and knees -- over to the photographers, glared into the lens of one camera and scolded: 'It's cannibalism shoving a lens in mt face -- Scram, scram."</p>
<p>photo: Jac Holland, Telegram'
'"When he left the meeting later, he bounded through the hall like the Sylph of Spring, or Bambi leaving the clearing. An odd, engaging fellow is Dr. McLuhan"'

The 1960s was the decade of protest over race, war, gender discrimination, but also higher education, which was forced to restructure to accommodate the needs of the post war generation of baby boomers. The later premier of Ontario Bob Rae, who was a student and activist at U of T during the ’60s wrote about the university president Claude Bissell and his role in changing the university:-

1968 to 1969, was in many ways very difficult for the president [Claude Bissell]. He had wanted to reform university governance because he was troubled by the gap between the academic and business sides of the university, and I think he was tired of being caught in the middle. His return to U of T from Harvard that fall was to have marked the beginning of a gentle campaign to make some fundamental changes. What he found was that the students and faculty wanted to control the process. (Read the rest at http://tinyurl.com/mcnvxak .

For context see also “Sex, Drugs & Rock & Roll” at U of T in the ’60s by Charles Levi: http://tinyurl.com/k954t5e .

In a Hart House debate in 1968, Claude Bissell upheld the right of students to exercise power in university affairs. Bob Rae is behind Bissell, at right

In a Hart House debate in 1968, Claude Bissell upheld the right of students to exercise power in university affairs. Bob Rae is behind Bissell, at right.

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