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Jack Cipperly (1:06) video | transcript

My recollection of the college experience at the University of Wisconsin in 1964 was far different than later years. It seemed like an idyllic experience, for instance, in the warm weather people would sit out on Bascom Hill and be studying outside or watching the clouds go by. There were fraternities and sororities [that] were prospering, people concentrating on athletics. I didn't notice a preponderance of anxiety or concern about the world situation. There were people stimulated by what they were learning in classes, exchanging ideas, but the pervading impression that I had was almost kind of an isolated experience, almost Wisconsin in a bubble, where we were protected in some ways from some of the things that were going on beyond the boundaries of the campus.

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