As the 25th anniversary of the May 4 shootings drew nearer, President Cartwright wanted the commemorations of 1995 to be unlike the ones from years past. Cartwright formed two committees to plan the 25th anniversary, including historians and members of the May 4 Task Force. This was the first year the entire week leading up to May 4 was noticed as an “official week of commemoration.”
The contentious relationship between the university and the May 4 Task Force continued, though, as May 4 Task Force president Samantha Carver questioned the university’s motives in treating the 25th anniversary differently than any other year’s.
“It’s good that they’re doing it on the 25th anniversary,” Carver told Kent Stater staff writer Melissa Freeh. “It’s a shame the university doesn’t feel that every anniversary is important. I wonder why they’re doing it. Their purpose is questionable. I hope it’s for the good.”