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Mark Simonson

April 28, 2014

Student issues caused strike at Delhi Tech in May 1970


The student strike seemed to gradually fade away as the end of the semester approached, and college graduation. At the graduation exercise, it hardly appeared that there had been campus unrest in recent weeks. The Star of Monday, June 8, reported on Sunday’s event saying, “The traditional academic ethic was carried out with grace and dignity; no evidence of dissent, placards or armbands were in evidence as the program proceeded in an atmosphere of felicity and well-earned satisfaction.”

Despite little violence, college administrators had been “keeping score.” In the aftermath of the strike, seven students were suspended for at least one year, another “placed on social probation,” according to a letter to Delhi alumni from Dr. William Kunsela. 

This weekend: Tank Day in Oneonta, 1919. 

Oneonta City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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