... there were the hangers-on, students who became involved in the movement—any movement—because it was emotionally satisfying. At Chicago, there are few activities in which "everybody" participates, and the lack is especially felt by the younger undergraduates. A sit-in can fuse them into a hot, steamy mass of singing, changing, touching bodies. It encourages such communal acts as sharing a blanket and eating from the same jar of peanut butter. It is not surprising that they come out of it—a few days of it, anyway—feeling that they have had something akin to a religious experience.
Muriel Beadle (b. 1915), U.S. author and community organizer. Where Has All the Ivy Gone? Ch. 26 (1972).
Beadle was the wife of George Beadle, who served as President of the University of Chicago, 1960-1968, during part of the time that the university was besieged by a series of student anti-Vietnam War protests and social reform demands.