Putnam Asks Punishment Equal to Demonstrators'
Hilary W. Putnam, professor of Philosophy, demanded yesterday that all persons who implicated themselves in Wednesday's sit-in receive equal punishment if any punishment is to be meted out.
Putnam said at a rally in Harvard Yard, "If there is to be any punishment, I ask to be included in that punishment." Putnam told a crowd of 500 that he demanded equal punishment for all even though he thought the sit-in tactic a mistake, and one not democratically arrived at. (The sit-in idea had been turned down at a Students for a Democratic Society meeting Tuesday night.)
But Putnam said in an interview last night that his statement at the rally did not mean he would withdraw from Harfor a year if just some students were severed. He did say that he thought punishing just a few was impossible to accomplish fairly, and that it betrayed the wishes of all who handed in bursar's cards in sympathy.
Putnam had spoken briefly in support of the sit-in at Mallinckrodt on Wednesday.
As Putnam and sit-in participants spoke from the steps of Memorial Church, Administration and Faculty members filtered through the fringes of the crowd. They were joined by visiting Dartmouth men in green jackets, students passing out petitions against Central Intelligence Agency recruiting at Harvard, and others collecting more bursar's cards to turn in to the Administation in sympathy.
Most of the student speakers defending the sit-in concentrated on attacking the Administration's statements that the sit-in violated rights of free speech and free access in the University.
Sit-in participants organizing resistance to Administration discipline informed the crowd of a series of meetings for freshmen, for Cliffies, for the SDS executive committee, and an open meeting for all participants in Lowell Lecture Hall Monday night.