Columbia Student Strikers May Face Court Injunction
Columbia University's board of trustees met late last night to consider seeking a court injunction to keep striking students off university property. Radio reports in New York said the trustees were also considering calling police onto the campus again if necessary.
Over 600 students and several faculty members surrounded classroom buildings yesterday with picket lines. They were asking students not to attend classes until the university meets their demands, which include a reorganization of the school's policy-making structure.
The Student Strike Coordinating Committee claimed that the strike against Columbia's first full day of classes in ten days was 80 per cent successful. The Columbia Spectator, the university newspaper, confirmed this figure.
No "formal" classes were scheduled for today, but some professors were holding classes for any students who wished to attend. The strikers demanded that only "liberation classes" and discussion groups be held, either outdoors or in aormitory buildings, and the Strike Co-ordinating Committee said that students attending regular classes would be considered strike-breakers.
Some scuffling was reported early in the day between picketing students and those trying to get to class.
As one student broke through a line of 30 pickets outside Hamilton Hall, the strikers yelled, "Scab, scab, scab."
A rally was held at noon yesterday, featuring writers Conor Cruise O'Brien and Eric Bentley and folk-singer Phil Ochs. Among the professors who did not hold classes indoors today were James Shenton and Walter Metzger. Roger Hilsman, a Columbia professor and advisor to presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy '48, announced that he would be holding his class tomorrow at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
Meanwhile, student sit-ins were being held elsewhere at Cheyney State College, near Philadelphia, and Stanford University, in Palo Alto, California.