At a sparsely attended meeting in Lowell Lecture Hall Saturday, less than 100 student conservatives called for an end to the three day student strike.
Petitions circulated through the Houses yesterday, however, gathered over 600 signatures of students supporting the resolution to end the strike.
Phillip J. MacDonnell '70, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee to Keep Harvard Open--the group that sponsored the meeting--said that the turnout showed "Not just one section of the University is disappointed with what's going on, and not just one section wants change in the University." MacDonnell is also president of the Young Republicans.
Speaking in front of large signs that read, "Don't close down" and "No Columbia here," MacDonnell said the committee included members from the executive board of the Young Democrats and other organizations not specifically on the right wing.
During the meeting, tension between conservatives and hecklers supporting the strike broke out into at least one fight in the audience.
One strike supporter announced that a member of the ad hoc committee was standing in the entrance to the hall checking bursar's cards of long-haired students who might have supported the strike. After the announcement, the student was told to stop, but continued to stand at attention in the middle of the doorway with his arms crossed behind him.
A false bomb scare at the beginning of the meeting forced about ten students and 35 members of the national press from the building while the Cambridge Fire Department investigated the report.
Outside on the steps of Lowell, MacDonnell told the crowd that had gathered, "The indicates what we've been talking about--the tensions on campus. But we are not going to be scared off by a bomb." Scott W. Jacobs