By MARGARET FOSMOE, Tribune Staff Writer
Nov 16, 2009
SOUTH BEND Forty years ago, 10 students were expelled or suspended
from the University of Notre Dame for staging an anti-war protest
during job recruitment interviews by the CIA and Dow Chemical Co.
The men became known as the "Notre Dame Ten," and the case garnered
Some of those 10 will return to campus Wednesday to mark the 40th
anniversary and to participate in a forum titled "Being a Christian
in a Catholic University in Times of War: Has 40 Years Changed the
The panel discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be
at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Geddes Hall.
Scheduled to participate are Mark Mahoney and John Eckenrode, two
students who were suspended for the sit-in and later returned and
earned their Notre Dame degrees; and Carl Estabrook and the Rev.
Emmanuel Charles McCarthy, two former faculty members. Others members
of the Notre Dame Ten may also attend, according to organizers.
In early 1969, during the height of the Vietnam anti-war movement,
Notre Dame president the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh issued his
15-minute rule. Students or employees who engaged in protest
activities that disrupted the university's operation or infringed on
the rights of others would be given 15 minutes to reflect and desist.
Those who did not desist would be subject to immediate suspension,
expulsion and/or removal.
The rule was invoked only once on Nov. 18, 1969, when students
staged a sit-in in the Main Building to protest recruitment
interviews by the CIA and Dow. (The protesters opposed Dow because it
produced napalm, an incendiary gel used as a weapon in Vietnam.)
After 15 minutes, the students were removed from the building. The
expulsions later were changed to suspensions. At least seven of the
10 later returned and earned their degrees.
The demonstration stemmed from the belief that students had a right
to ask whether they were being recruited for jobs that were
consistent with the teachings of Jesus, the Catholic Church or their
personal consciences, said Mark Dellamano, a 1970 graduate and one of
the forum organizers.
The forum is sponsored by Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns.
Staff writer Margaret Fosmoe: