Sunday, May 4, 2008

Remembering May 4, 1970
When 4 Students Were Slain

2008 Commemoration Headlines

HOW DEAN KAHLER'S LIFE CHANGED: On May 4, 1970, Ohio National Guard troops fired on a crowd of demonstrators and bystanders on the campus of Kent State University. Four Kent State students were killed and nine injured. For Dean Kahler, a twenty-year old Kent State undergraduate in 1970, that day in May would change his life forever, he was shot in the lower back and left paralyzed. Kahler is photographed outside his home in East Canton, Ohio. David Alan Foster | Daily Kent Stater

Healing After a Tragedy

Dean Kahler woke up that sunny Monday morning and decided not to go to his 7:45 a.m. class. He saw Ohio National Guard searching people and decided he didn't want to deal with that hassle. He called his professors to let them know he wouldn't be attending class.

"Be safe," they told him. "Don't get too close." [Click for MORE], 05/02/08

38 years later, Kent State still goes unanswered

Tomorrow is another May 4, a meaningless date for most of you. I'm a Kent Stater '71 and remember the day with bursts of memories.

Four young people — our people — were killed and nine wounded on the sunny spring day in 1970. It ended so darkly, we're still trying to find our way out of it. [Click for MORE], 05/03/08

KSU shootings left impact on future coaches Pinkel, Saban

The memories will come back to them today.

The news flashes. The sirens. The chaos and confusion. The dead.

“It’s something that’ll be with you forever,” said Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel. “There’s not a May 4 that hasn’t gone by where I don’t think about it. I vividly go through everything in my mind. It’ll forever have an effect on me.”[Click for MORE], 05/03/08

May 4: A doubly historic day for KSU

Today is a red-letter day of sorts for Kent State University.

The events of May 4, 1970, earned Kent a place in American history when four students were killed and nine others were wounded by Ohio National Guardsmen during a campus anti-war rally.

But May 4 also is the anniversary of another event that could have changed the course of history for Kent State.

Seventy-five years ago today, on May 4, 1933, a delegation of Ohio legislators toured the campus on a mission that, had it succeeded, could have spelled the end of higher education in Kent.

The committee, headed by State Rep. William Foss, was looking for a possible location for a state insane asylum. And, for awhile at least, it looked like Kent might be the perfect place for it.[Click for MORE], 05/04/08


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