As an attendee at the Prince lecture held at Beloit College, and not as a part of the student body, I must say that this paper and the college president got it completely wrong. At no time did I feel threatened or in danger of any kind. The fact that someone so entrenched in militarism would feel endangered is beyond me.
Yes, there were many students there in protest to bringing this particular speaker onto the campus, indeed the vast majority were there for that purpose. Had Mr. Prince taken the podium, which he had the ability to do for over a half hour before the students got up and placed their chairs on the podium in protest, he would have been greeted by a mass exodus in peaceful protest and could have then presented his sales pitch to the remnant remaining.
The fact that he remained in the shadow during the event only to emerge under the artificial light and safety of "his crowd" at Hotel Goodwin to play the "I'll take you to court" card speaks volumes of his intended purpose. Which was not to address the student body but only to create a false narrative for the press. And, of course, the Daily News was buying.
I am encouraged by the actions of the student body at Beloit College for getting this right and hope that this paper will redirect its efforts to provide accurate reporting for the benefit of its readers.