CRR to Hear Charges By Sargent Kennedy
Sargent Kennedy '28, Secretary to the Corporation and the Board of Overseers, filed charges yesterday with the Committee on Rights and Responsibilities (CRR) against Joseph Rothchild '74 for "intense personal harassment" during a May 26 SDS demonstration calling for filling in "Muddy Pond."
In a letter to the CRR stating the charge, Kennedy said Rothchild was one of "a group of about ten persons" who followed him from Forbes Plaza through the Yard to the Faculty Club "all the while shouting and jeering . . . and accusing him of being a murderer."
The group entered the lobby of the Faculty Club from where they continued "shouting and jeering" at Kennedy as he sat at a table in the dining room, the letter said.
Rothchild denied the charges last night, saying he had run in front of the demonstrators to photograph Kennedy and the protestors for Challenge-the Progressive Labor Party newspaper-instead of participating. Rothchild added that he "wholly supports the action" and would have participated had he not been taking pictures.
The demonstrators had originally planned to protest the drowning of two children in the Harvard-owned pond by confronting Henry H. Cutler '29, Manager for Taxes, Insurance and Real Estate, at his Holyoke Center office.
When the protesters arrived at Holyoke Center, one of them spotted Kennedy coming out of the Cambridge Trust Company office. According to an SDS spokesman, the protesters then began to direct "sharp questions" at Kennedy as they followed him to the Faculty Club. Kennedy made no response, the spokesman said.
In the letter to the CRR. Kennedy said that Rothchild's conduct showed "grave disrespect for the dignity of others." Rothchild said last night that Kennedy's failure to comment on the pond drownings "amounts to much more than grave disrespect; it amounts to murder."
Donald G. M. Anderson, chairman of the CRR, said he expects Rothchild's hearing will be held within the week. Rothchild said he will "almost definitely not" attend the hearing.
Kennedy refused to comment on the reasons why he singled out Rothchild from among those present at the demonstration.