Peter Johnson's May 24 article ("Cal Poly reportedly investigating students for anti-war protest") about Cal Poly investigating students for a "disruptive" 18-minute anti-war and anti-MIC (Military Industrial Complex) protest draws the obvious parallel to UC Berkeley in the 1960s. Unless Cal Poly acts with more restraint and more respect for student speech rights than UCB did in the 1960s, the Cal Poly administration could stir up a new Free Speech Movement to rival Berkeley's. Prioritizing corporate donations (even those as high as $2,000 from Raytheon—wow!) over student free speech rights would damage the university's public image. Who rang the over-react alarm bell, anyway? The Raytheon folks are "big boys"; I should hope they can take a micro-protest in stride. I should also hope that Cal Poly acts like a big boy/girl.
Anton J. Vesely