Police Take Back Campus With Force; 40 Arrested
AMHERST, Mass. (AP) _ Police smashed into a barricaded campus building today and arrested 35 people protesting military research at the University of Massachusetts. Five others were arrested outside, a school spokeswoman said.
In East Lansing, Mich., black students demanding more minority students and faculty continued a sit-in at Michigan State University, and 25 people were arrested in a student-government dispute at Fresno State University.
The UMass protest, which began Tuesday, was the fifth such takeover at the 25,000-student school in three weeks.
Those in the building were charged with trespassing, and five others were arrested for trying block a bus carrying away the protesters, said spokeswoman Jeanne Hopkins.
The Faculty Senate scheduled a special meeting for this afternoon to discuss military research.
″There is a strong feeling among some people that it is an issue of academic freedom,″ said Harlan Sturm, chairman of the Faculty Senate rules committee. ″But others point out that we have already imposed some limits on what research may be done on campus. We have prohibitions against using human subjects and doing classified or any other research that can not be made public.″
The wave of occupations began April 19 with a sit-in at a laboratory and resulted in 111 arrests.
″This is the first time they’ve barricaded the doors,″ said school spokeswoman Stacey Chase. ″Before, even the police were allowed in as observers.″
In East Lansing, Mich., 200-300 blacks held Michigan State University’s administration building in a protest that began Tuesday.
″We are here as long as it takes. We are here to stay until this is over,″ a leader, Darius Peyton, told the students. Peyton said the students want more black hiring and recruitment and appointment of a minority adviser to the provost.
In Fresno, Calif., university police Wednesday ended a two-day sit-in in the student government office at Fresno State University by members of a liberal campus party. The protest disrupted a meeting on bylaws changes.
The liberals accused the conservative student administration of sexism and racism for seeking changes they said would dilute power of the top two elective positions, which will be held next year by women, one of them Hispanic.