M. I. T. Professors Vote to Maintain Tie With Defense
More than 95 per cent of the M.I.T. Faculty voted Wednesday to retain-on a provisional basis-the school's ties with two defense-oriented labs.
The Faculty vote will allow the Instrumentation and Lincoln Labs to continue with much of their defense work, but will require that they seek government and private support for research on civilian and social problems.
M.I.T. President Howard W. Johnson said Wednesday that it, is uncertain whether enough money can be found to implement the changes in the labs; if sufficient funds are not available, he said, M.I.T. may have to sever completely its ties with the labs. A large part of the funds for the present research work is supplied by the Defense Department.
A 22-man study group appointed by the school recommended last spring that the facilities be retained but made to shift their work toward domestic and social problems.
Johnson, speaking at the Faculty meeting, also announced that the Instrumentation Laboratory's contract for work on the Polaris and Poseidon missile guidancesystems will not be renewed, and that a standing committee has been set up to advise him about new contracts at the laboratories.
"Let there be no mistake." said Johnson. "We are at a point of policy change in our direction of the laboratories."
There's Still a November
The radical November Action Committee, however, is continuing with its plans for confrontations focusing on the labs. Actions, as yet unspecified, are planned at M.I.T. for he first week in November, with the goal of halting all war-related research.
A member of M.I.T.'s Rosa Luxemburg SDS said Wednesday. "The missile work will continue during this trial period until we force them to stop it altogether or close the labs down."