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Tocsin last night considered suggestions for its future status, ranging from an exclusively Harvard elitist group to a nationwide third political party, Members decided finally to retain the organizational relationships formed for Project Washington.
The 80 students present voted to continue as members of the Turn Toward Peace Student Council, a group created to handle last week's demonstration. Other members of the Council include the Student Peace Union, Students for a Democratic Society, and Student SANE.
Regional committees, similar to the Boston Committee which coordinated the efforts of area colleges, will be advocated for other parts of the country. In the face of present shifts in the affiliations of some of the other student peace movements. Tocsin decided to recommend that all groups keep their individual autonomy, joining only in fairly loose regional committees.
Advocates for separation argued that other organizations are more emotional and mass-oriented than the Harvard group. On the other hand, a portion of the students argued that great dramatic efforts were necessary, for "our strength in speaking to those Senators was the strength of the 6000 students."
Members showed approval of proposals that Tocsin continue to work with the other groups while maintaining its own intellectual approach (and implicitly the leadership it exercised in Project Washington), and also encourage the growth and strengthening of these other student groups. "We should bring them up to our level," said one member, illustrating what a later speaker called Tocsin's "superiority complex to the rest of the world."
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