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Student at Kent State University in 1970
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Richard Chemel was a student majoring in telecommunications at Kent State University in 1970. He was an eyewitness to the shootings on May 4 and relates his experiences that day and during the days leading up to it. He describes a confrontation with the National Guard at his fraternity house, Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) that weekend, which included pepper gas being fired and a fraternity brother, Jim Russell, being clubbed in the knees. He also describes his observations of the ROTC building fire and the atmosphere on campus during the weekend. He shares, in detail, what he saw on May 4 from his vantage point on the terrace at the front of Taylor Hall. He also discusses something he observed on campus a day or two after the shootings: that investigators had set up a grid system in The Commons and were cataloging the weight and location of each rock found there.
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College fraternity members--Ohio--Kent--Interviews
Community and college--Ohio--Kent
Frank, Glenn W.
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970
Kent State Shootings, Kent, Ohio, 1970--Monuments
Kent State University. Major Events Committee
Kent State University. ROTC Building--Fires
Ohio. Army National Guard
Seeger, Pete, 1919-2014
Tau Kappa Epsilon (Kent State University)
Tear gas munitions
United States. Federal Bureau of Investigation
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