Women Still Hold Building; Harvard Issues Statement
As the women's occupation of the Architectural Technology Workshop at 888 Memorial Drive continues for its sixth day despite an injunction, University crisis official Archibald Cox '34 issued an 11-page statement last night to the Harvard community explaining the University's legal alternatives.
According to the statement, the women's refusal to comply with the injunction may force the University to call for police intervention as a last resort. No administrative decision on the matter has yet been reached.
Arguing that police action might be "the lesser of the evils bound to follow," the statement stressed the University's moral objection to the forcible takeover of a building and its concern for the health and safety of the occupants.
Members of the Faculty and the Administration could not say whether or not the Cox statement indicated the imminence of a bust. Zeph Stewart, Master of Lowell House, said a bust would seem inevitable if the women do not leave, but that serious disagreement on its timing prevails. Sgt. John J. Miller of the University Police said last night that to his knowledge there would be no bust today.
Calm and Cool
The atmosphere inside the Women's Center remained calm last night, and the occupants were not anticipating a bust. The women have decided that in the event of a bust, anyone who wants to leave the building will be free to do so.
Approximately 60 women, of whom about ten were from Radcliffe, attended a meeting at the Center last night on the relationship of the Center to the Riverside community. Many of the women felt that this subject has been
misrepresented by the press. They discussed the need to go out into the Riverside community and explain their intentions.
The Ad Hoc Committee to Defend the Women's Center and the Right to Live, a group of about eight Radcliffe students, yesterday issued a statement supporting the women's demands. "They are not just sitting, paralyzed by Harvard's attempts to remove them; they're building a women's center," the statement said.
The women's activities in the Center were interrupted once yesterday by a bomb threat telephoned to the University police-the second of two such false alarms. Sources said that such dangers might lead the city of Cambridge to pressure the University to take action.