Students: Lifting a Siege

cop, "Harlem is asleep." At that propitious hour, 1,000 New York City police, armed with warrants signed by Columbia University trustees, marched on the Morningside Heights campus and dispossessed the student rebels who had occupied five buildings for nearly six days. In the inevitable melee, more than 130 people—including twelve police men—were injured; 698 people, mostly students, were arrested and charged with criminal trespass, resisting arrest or both. Although the action united hope essly confused Columbia in anger over police brutality, it also moved the campus toward order—and touched off a...