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Chanting "we want freshmen," almost 200 Leverett House men stormed the Union last night and staged a five-minute rally in the packed dining hall to protest a predicted snub of their House by the Class of 1953.

The students cheered speakers in the Leverett Yard at 6:15 p.m. and then marched up Plympton Street and Massachusetts Avenue behind a 20-piece brass band and a six-foot masquerade bunny, the House's mascot.

In the biggest display of House spirit in several years, they then broke into the Union and entertained dining Yardlings with Leverett yells, speeches, and napkin-tossing. The freshmen cheered the show throughout.

The ruckus stemmed from a CRIMSON poll published yesterday morning, which showed that only 2.4 percent of the freshmean class planned to apply to Leverett.

The Bunny-Hutch recruiters rallied on their own grounds before the parade. Here they heard speeches from nine "freshmen"--supposedly the only persons who want to go to Leverett.

All of them were dressed in shorts and chowed all-day suckers. One, wrapped in bandages told the crowd, "They couldn't intimidate me. I'm coming to Leverett."

Another was asked why he had chosen Leverett and answered, "Leverett? Leverett? I thought this was Dunster!"

Ending the program, five Wellesley and Radcliffe girls were brought to the platform and asked to vote between Camel Cigarettes and Leverett House, with Leverett winning four to one.

Then the group marched on to the Union, pausing in front of the CRIMSON on the way for another rally and shouts of "What do we eat?--Crimson meat!"

Yard police--one of whom had his hat removed by the costume bunny during the Union rally--took a few names. Later in the night, however, they promised to take no action, explaining, "We just want to protect you students from the Cambridge police."

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