Crisis at Columbia

([New York :  Columbia Spectator,  1968])



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Vol. CXII, No. 103



Negotiations  Are  Begun  on  Discipline   oi   Students

After  Use   of  Police  Postponed  by   Administration;

Gym   Construction   Is   Halted;    University   Closed


 Plainclothes Police

  Club CU Faculty


  About twenty-five plaĩnclothes

 police, conce;.cIir:,ĩ billy chi-j;- -i.

 der their trenchcoats, charged in-

 to  a lino of Calumbia faculty

 gathered in front of the southeast

 entrance  of Low Library early

 this morning and violently forced

 their way into the building,

  Police clubbed faculty members

 during the brief confrontation,

 knocking  many of  them to the

 ground.  One French instructor,

 Rlchard Greeman,  was bleeding

 from a b\ow to the head.

  The groupofthirtytaculty.which

 included full  professors as well

 as non-tenure instructors.assem-

 bled in front of the doorway to

 prevent city poĩiee from removing

 protesting students barrlcaded in

 President  Grayson Kirk's office,

  The police, who did not dísplay

 badges or identify themselves as

 polĩce o-ticers when asked, ivere

 'ealled on  to  the camp'JS by the

 Universityadmi'.i. ir,:;:.i:.

  Once inside Low, however, the

 police made no attempt to remove

 the students  in President Kírk's

 office and were ordered to leave

 the building witliin tvio hours after

 the confrontatíon occurred.

  Smal) groups of faculty had ga-

 thered at  other occupied campus

 buildings toprotectprotestingstu-

 donts   inside.  However, there

 ivere no attempts by police to en-

 ter the other buildings.

s A crowd ofstudents oiu-:c:c i.i'v.,

 mostly sympathetic to the íiiculty,

 shouted "Fascistpigs" and "Thĩs

 is  our university" at the police,

 but remained apart from the fa-

 culty as they had been requcsted

 before the fighting began.

  The vĩolent outbreak thls morn-



Ptiblication Nolicc

Damage  Negligible  in  Low;

Demonstrators  Keep  Order

 Grayson Kirk has at least

iess worry today—-campus secur-

Ity  guards removcd the halí-mil-

lion dollar liembrandt from his

iil'fiiic \\Mlniiĸdiiy afLcinnjoii.

 There was apparently littlurea-

son for concern about it or any

of  thc othcr furnishhigs ln the

office complex "liberated" by de-

monstrators three days ago. De-

spite accounts by the mass media,

the only  damagc vlslblc to thls

reporter  at 4 p.m. yesterday was

two brokcn windows In the maĩn

doors to the suitc, several broken

door locks, dirt spots on the car-

pcts, and telephone wires said to

have been rippcd out by Lniver-

slty security guards.

 Students continued U> piek up

itebris and vac^um the floors of

the offices during thc aTtcrnoon.

"We're  not cleaning up just to

prove we're not hooligans," one



  People weresleepingineorners;

about ^O were scattered. throcigh

Dr. Kirk's offices. Another 150

were participatĩngin a continuous

meeting in another room to decide

tactics.  A girl from Newsweek

was asked to leava after a vote.

.111 the group's actĩons were evid-

ently  based on participatory de-

  All  the files still within rooms

controlled  by the demonstrators

were in order, although they had

been ihoroughly perused.  Manj'

important documents,  such as the

'IDA files, were said to be Ln vĩce-

presldent Truman's office, which

Faeulty Attempts to  Mediate  Dispute

 Between Administration and Students

                Ity OREN ROOT Jr.

   With the prospcct ot wklcspriiud violence and vir-

 tual any.ri.hy on the campus  resulting i'rom  clushe.

 between the city police on the one hand and facuîty

 membcrs  and  demon.-tr_.tors  on  the other, nego-

 tiations  fitíally  began early  thís  morning on the

 demands  of  ihc  protesters  and the possibility of

 their relinquishing control of  the L'mvei-sity ĩiuilLÍingH

 now in their eontrol.

   Vice President David B. Truman annouĩiced shortly

 after 3 a.m. that the administration, whichhaddecided

 to  call the poliee onto the campus about two hours

 earlier, had asked them to leave  the campus  whíle

                        legotiations proceed.

                           It  ís also  understood

                        ihat, althoughDr.Truman

                        said only that gymnasium

                        construction in Morning-

                        side Park would be sus-

                        pended,  the  gymnasium

                        will, in all

                        ver be buiĩt by Columbia.

                          Whilc the adhocfaeultycommit-

 Estimates Differ

; On Gym Halt Cost


   David B. Truman, vicc presi-

 dent of the  University  stated

 yesterday that any lialt or sus-

 pension in the constructlon of the

 gymnasium in Morningsido Park

 would result  in a loss for Col-

 umbia of $5 million but was con-

 tradict-d by olher offlclals who

 held that the  amount of tho loss

 svould be considurably less.

   flenry W.  Profitt, counscl to

 [he Cniverslty, stated yesterday

 that no estimato of a loss re-

could be made,  Heexplainedthat

the amount involvedwoulddepend

on litigation and

the courts, and could


trast to Dr. Truman's

that there would be a"bigdĩffer-

ance" bctween a temporaryania

permanent rultingdconstructlon.

  In agrcement with Mr. Profitt,

-.'illiam I). Lawson, president oí

the George A. Fuller Coifipany,

    (ContiniicdonP-ge7|  '

      ■e than tv

the initiative in mediating an a-

grcemeat between the demonstra-

tors and the administration, allU-

celled ivith the exception of some

staff office aperations.

      .nderstood that the pre-

 mditions  for r

thc <

. il! .

panel of students and facultyivould

bc selected to make the final de-

cisîon in that disciplinary cases

of those involved in the protest

and that nostudentswouldbeeithei

suspended or expelled.

 Thc frantic efforts bythefaculty

group to obtain an understarding

that would set the stage for nego-

tiation of ihe íssues occurred af-

ter tbe vice president marchedin'-

to the graditite students' lounge in

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Three  Day  Rebellion  on   Campus:  A  Diary


  For thepast throedays.theCol-

umbia campus has been in a vtr-

tual  state of rebellion, as left

wing students and hlack militants

sci_ed control of íour University


  By late last night, black stu-

deni.! and community supporters

had barrlcaded

3 than 2


occupied PresidentGraysonKirk's

offices in Low Library, and allied

groups of student demonstrators

had taken control of Avery and

Fayerwcather Halls,

 The University administration

responded to the sludent seige by

calling in New Vork City police-

men, who patrolled the  campus

           Thursday. Last



.:.uli;; . ai

;r Har-

College Walk at 7;30 p.m.

  The events of the lastthreedays

ka.e  been  quite confuscd and

many unsubstantlated rumorshave

circulated around the campus. The

following report is a brief chron-

ology of the major events at Col-

umbia on Tuesday and Wednesday:


  N oon—ArallysponsoredbyStu-

dents for a

gan  at the sundial and a number

of spealcers from SDS and the

..tudent Afro-AmericanSũciut.'. ad-

dressed the assembled croud of

five  hundred.  More than  fifty

counter-demonstrators  picketed

aga'inst  SDS in front of Low Lí-

  12:30 p.m. —  The  SDS and TRAPPED:

-> .■'■,•> protesters, who hadplannedto Uton Hall by tht

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