Pictures at an Inquisition
Any diversion of resources found by the San Francisco accounting firm of Haskins & Sells to be “improper with respect to pertinent provisions of the Constitution and the Education Code of the State of California” would have established grounds for the expulsion of student activists and a purge of their faculty and staff accomplices by the University Regents.
The inquest failed to produce evidence for disciplinary action, however. Typewriters and mimeograph machines used by activists had been requisitioned from surplus stock. Investigators traced the source of paper used for anti-war posters to the refuse bins of the campus Computer Center. The Regents’ taxpayer- funded inquiry had a positive outcome, however: it generated a trove of data on the 1970 rebellion for historians of campus counterculture.