Join the Herald and Seneca Scene as they trace one of the most altering times in America and its effect on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Beginning in 1968 and continuing until 1972, Tommy Tongyai went to campuses all across upstate New York, riling up students and inciting violence. It wasn’t until he arrived on the HWS campus that the violence really started. Tongyai, better known as Tommy the Traveler, came during a time of Vietnam War protests and the counter-culture movement. It was a critical culture moment, one that would forever change Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Episode 5: The Raid at Superdorm (Part 1) chronicles the police drug raid led by Tommy the Traveler during exam week. This was the turning point in Tommy’s time on campus and is when students discovered that he was an undercover police officer. His identity is what led to a mass of students gathering outside and riot police assembling. This is Part 1 in a 3-part series all being released concurrently.
Listen to the fifth episode below and be sure to subscribe to The Seneca Scene on iTunes and on Spotify to stay updated on the Tommy the Traveler miniseries.
The Seneca Scene is the podcast for the Herald and is recorded each week on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.
Wow, I totally forgot about the drug bust so need to retract my earlier comment that Tommy wasn’t interested in that aspect of college life. My parents sent me a copy of the Geneva Times front page with a photo of myself sitting on the hood of one of the cop cars = their tuition dollars being put to good use.
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