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By J. W. Stillman

Boston University administrators voted yesterday to cancel exams, and commencement and to send all students home as the national university strike reached tremendous proportions with at least 166 colleges reported generally on strike.

The killing of four Kent State University students by National Guardsmen Monday lent a sense of crisis to student protests against the American invasion of Cambodia.

In Washington, Senate doves pressed for the adoption of two separate measures to curtail U.S. military activity in Southeast Asia while in New York the stock market fell to its lowest level in six-and-one-half-years.

Six thousand American and South Vietnamese troops launched a now offensive into northeast Cambodia. To the south, in the Fishhook area, American troops met the first heavy Communist resistence since they entered Cambodia.

Students Won't Leave

At B.U. last night, 4000 students meeting in Sargent Gymnasium voted not to leave campus in spite of the administration decision to close all dormitories by 5 p.m. Thursday. "Let's stay here and fight for the three demands." Allen Seltzer, a strike organizer, said at the meeting. The B.U. faculty voted yesterday to support the strike.

After the student meeting, at about 9 p.m., 1000 students collected in Kenmore Square and some trashed store windows. About 185 policemen dispersed the crowd with clubs.

Early yesterday morning two fires were set and several windows were broken near B.U. Later in the day, protesting students lowered state and American flags in front of the Commonwealth Armory and ripped them to shreds.

One hundred SDS members occupied the offices of Boston College's acting president, Robert J.Bond. About 50 B.C. demonstrators battered down two locked doors and ransacked ROTC offices.

At M.I.T., postmen and truckers refused to cross picket lines outside school buildings. 20,000 demonstrators gathered in front of the Massachusetts State House to protest the U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the killing of the four Kent State students.

Wisconsin Gov. Warren P. Knowles called up the National Guard to deal with anti-war demonstrations at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Police used tear gas Monday night to disperse demonstrators after hundreds of students set fires and smashed windows on campus.

In Washington, D.C., peace groups called for rallies and vigils on Thursday, a national day of mourning Friday and a march on the White House Saturday.

"If there is still a campus in this country which has not yet struck against these crimes of the Nixon administration we call on them to join us immediately," Carol Lipman, national executive secretary of the Student Mobilization Committee, said yesterday.

In Congress, both Republican and Democratic anti-war senators introduced legislation that would require the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Cambodia in 30 days and from all of Southeast Asia in eight months. At the same time, efforts are being made in the Senate to repeal the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution.


Sen, George S. McGovern (D-S.D.) announced the formation of a Committee for a Vote on the War to rally public support for the proposal. We intend to push for a vote in the House, a vote in the Senate and a vote in November," a McGovern aide said yesterday.

President Nixon told senators and congressmen at the White House yesterday that U.S. forces will penetrate no deeper than 21.7 miles into Cambodia without congressional approval and that American troops will be out of the country by June 30.

In Kent, Ohio, Adj. General S. T. Del Corso said that he had no evidence to support his assertion Monday that a sniper fired at National Guardsmen before the troops shot and killed the four demonstrators at Kent State University.

In Providence, R.I., Brown University faculty voted yesterday to suspend "normal academic functions" for the remainder of the semester. The Amherst College faculty voted to let students decide whether to complete classes for the academic year.

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