City Council Demands Riot Damage Payment
Sullivan Asks Disciplinary Action
The Cambridge City Council adopted unanimously yesterday an order, presented by Councillor Edward A. Sullivan, asking for University payment of damages done during Sunday's blackout and Friday's pre-Yale game riot.
The measure requires the Cambridge Chief of Police to confer with college officials so that the City, with University aid, can locate and prosecute students involved.
Councillor Sullivan said that he brought up the order because he saw students damage a car at the corner of Holyoke Street and Massachusetts Avenue during the riot. Also near the end of the melee, a student pushed Sullivan's hat off and attempted to strike him. Police arrested the attacker.
In a speech to the Council, Sullivan stated: "In the last 10 days, certain so-called guests of this city have caused two destructive evenings. They showed their lack of sense in Harvard Square. It is about time that somebody showed the students that they cannot get away with unnecessary outbreaks in this city.
"We (the City Council) should permit them to have their rallies but not allow them to destroy. The police had to spend two hours in the Square although that department is short-handed.
"The city had policemen and firemen injured, street lamps broken, and false alarms turned in. Because of these damages, and because those who appeared in court following Friday's riot acted as if the affair was a big prauk, I think we should confer with Harvard officials in order to pay for damage and discuss probable disciplinary action for the students."
"This wouldn't happen at Yale," Sullivan asserted. "They would be clubbed if they tried it in New Haven."
Councillor John MacNamara called for a unanimous vote and added that "on the football field, they have a far different record. Perhaps the rioters should have gone to Soldiers Field."
Mayor Edward A. Crane '35 stated that "there are some irresponsible students at Harvard and the University should take action against them." Then, on a yea-nay vote, Sullivan's measure was passed.