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De la misère en milieu étudiant: considérée sous ses aspects économique, politique, psychologique, sexuel et notamment intellectual et de quelqes moyens pour y remédier (On the Poverty of Student Life: A Consideration of Its Economic, Political, Sexual, Psychological and Notably Intellectual Aspects and a Modest Proposal for its Remedy). They proceeded to distribute the pamphlet at the official ceremony for the beginning of the academic year. 14 Controversy surrounded this event, and it turned into a scandal. By court order the student union was closed, and students were sentenced to disciplinary action. 15 Judge Llabador, who presided over the case, said of the ideas put forth in the work: “Their wide diffusion in both student circles and among the general public, by the local, national and foreign press, are a threat to the morality, the studies, the reputation and thus the very future of the students of the University of Strasbourg.” 16 This statement can be seen as having prophetic value since it was this pamphlet that would inspire not only students at Strasbourg to rebel, but also students of Nanterre, Sorbonne and other campuses throughout France to question and rebel against the practices of their schools and society. 14 Members of the Internationale Situationniste and Students of Strasbourg, On the poverty of Student Life : A Consideration of Its Economic, Political, Sexual, Psychological and Notably Intellectual Aspects and A Modest Proposal for its Remedy” in Beneath the Paving Stones: Situationists and the Beach, May 1968, Dark Star (eds.) (San Francisco: AK Press/Darkstar, 2001), p. 9. 15 Ibid. 16 Ibid. 11
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The controversy surrounding the text stemmed as much from its content as from its authors. Some accused the Situationists of infiltrating Strasbourg’s chapter of UNEF and using university funds for their own agenda to “destroy the existing social organizations and structure of the university”. 17 However, in October 1967, the Situationists refuted the accusations against them in the eleventh issue of their journal. In this publication they printed an article titled Our Goals and Methods in the Strasbourg Scandal . The article explained that they, the Situationists, had not infiltrated the UNEF, but rather had been approached by students from Strasbourg whose friends had recently been elected to AFGES. The pamphlet, On the Poverty of Student Life, credited to Mustapha Khayati, a Situationist, was the result of students’ wishes for a critique of the University. These students came to the Situationists because they believed the Situationists could produce a piece of writing that would depict the students’ concerns. This is the only part the Situationists would take credit for. After On the Poverty of Student Life had been written, it was left to the students to copy and disseminate it. The Situationists go on to note that the students who passed out the text had publicly denied being members of the Situationist International in a communiqué on November 29:
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