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FOIAb3b Sanix, Approved For R 7 UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND--COLLEGE PARK CPYRGHT ?0 replied. Ritter requested the group to disperse. "I recognize your right to express your opinion to the extent that you don't deny others their rights," he said. "I must ask you to leave. You're welcome to picket or hand out leaflets." Silverman read Ritter an SDS policy statement stating that the group planned' to stop CIA job interviews by preventing inter- viewees from entering the room. When several interviews were postponed in the absence of the CIA recruiter, who left at noon and did not return until 3:30 p:m., Ritter said he felt student's rights had been infringed. "He (the CIA recruiter) will not re- turn until it becomes safe for him to do so." said Ritter. Ritter conferred with the office of the executive dean for student life and the president's office to determine what action would be taken. Robert A. Beach 4r., assistant to the president for University relations, said that it was up to campus police Chief, Daniel B. W isema a to decide whether police SOS sit-in disrupts CIA recruiting here to arrest the demonstrators for trespassing on public property, the SDS'ers disbanded. Police read aloud Section 577a, Article 27 of the 1966 Annotated Code of Maryland, which defines tres- passing as a misdemeanor witha maximum penalty of a $1,000 fine and six months in jail. According to SDS'er Harsh Tankha, a graduate assistant in physics, SDS "succeeded in its limited objective of disrupting the interviews." Outside the engineering build- ing from about 2 to 3 p.m. several students stagedacounter protest, displaying signs that read "SDS burn youk-selves, not cards." The SDS protest began when SDS'ers adjourned a meeting in Students for a Democratic So- the student union and walked to ciety disrupted central Intelli- room 161 of the engineering gence Agency campus recruit- building where the CIA interviews ing yesterday by holding a sit- were scheduled. SDS'er Pete in protest in an engineering build- Silverman called aside R. Bruce ing classraptn where interviews Ritter, Director of the Creden- were to have been held. tials and Placement Service, as About 30 SDS members sat-in, approximately 20 SDS members from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., caus- began the sit-in. ing several scheduled interviews Ritter then asked Silverman, to be postponed and temporarily /Do you call this good faith, blocking recruiter Arnold Dam- Pete? You'll disrupt the pro- men from leaving for lunch, gram." After campus police threatened "That's the idea," Silverman action would be necessary. However, Walter B. Waetjen, vice president for administrative affairs, said he asked the campus police to intervene. At about 3 p.m. most SDS'ers left the room, claiming they had accomplished their goal of stop- ping the interviews. However, about 10 minutes later, Ritter returned with Dam- men and an interviewee, Douglas Chubb, 27, a senior in math. The interview took place and $DS members resumed the sit-in. At approximately 3:30 p.m., Lt. Richard Mayer of the cam- pus police read the Maryland state law pertaining to trespass- ing. SDS members vacated the room, saying that their major protest would be Wednesday, when some of them would refuse to leave upon request. Paul Feldman, a senior in civil engineering forced to forfeit his interview, said that he was "really angry about it. These people talk about rights. I think they're infringing my rights. I came for a job interview which I was prevented from having." Janis Putman, 22, another stu- dent unable to attend her inter- view, said she felt the pro- testers had infringed upon her rights since she was unable to meet with the recruiters. Several students held a counter demonstration outside the en- gineering building. One of the counter demonstrators, George Gibson, a junior, said he op- posed " SDS acting as a spokes- man for the entire campus." Continued Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00001 R000300090009-7 Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00001 R000300090009-7 FOIAb3b 3 1 OCT 1967 Sanitized - Approved For Release : CIA-RDP75-00001 R000300090009-7