Students confront Richard DeVos at GVSC in 1977

One of our earliest posting here on the GR People’s History site, was a student critique of Amway co-founders Richard DeVos and Jay Van Andel by a Calvin College student in  1971. 

We recently came across another example of students confront Richard DeVos, which is documented in an alternative student newspaper at Grand Valley State College, a newspaper that existed in 1976 – 1977.

You can check out the alternative student newspaper, known as, The Insider. (Those who provided us with these digital copies were not sure if there were additional issues or not.) 

There is a commentary piece that appeared in the May 18, 1977 issue of The Insider, commentary that was responding to a May 6, 1977 Board of Control meeting. (The Board of Control was equivalent to the current Board of Trustees.) This commentary is based on the observations of a student who attended the Board of Control meeting and was directly responding to the comments from Richard DeVos.

In addition, there was an Open Letter, written to Richard DeVos by the President of the All College Student Congress (ACSC), Bob Fritakis. Fritakis also takes issue with what Ricahrd DeVos has to say and makes it clear that students should have a seat on the Board of Control.

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5 Responses to Students confront Richard DeVos at GVSC in 1977

  1. Kathryn says:

    I’d really like to read this but the scan is blurry and I can’t zoom in either. Could you repost a higher quality image or post as text? Thank you!


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