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Short Takes - Woman Charged with Attempted Murder After Attack at The Coop

By Dan McGuire
associate news editor

Judith Marcinko was charged with attempted murder and assault by means of a dangerous weapon after allegedly attempting to slash a 37-year-old man in a vestibule at the Harvard Coop. The 60-year-old Drochester woman had reportedly been threatening other people in Harvard square with a knife earlier that day. Marcinko threw a hammer at Cambridge police officers before they subdued and arrested her. [The Harvard Crimson, Feb. 27]

Yale Students Rally to Union

One hundred Yale University students and professors turned out for a "moratorium" on Thursday to support striking members of the Local 34 and 35 service and clerical unions. The gathering delayed the beginning of classes for an hour and marked a move towards more militant protests. Students heard several proposals designed to push the administration into a pro-union settlement including interfering with the University's student recruiting Future Freshman Days, a tent city, vigils, and throwing garbage on the steps of Woodbridge Hall, where the University president has his office, when Local 35 stops picking up trash. "Let's dump on Yale because they're dumping on us," said student David Timoner. [The Yale Daily News, March 1]

Northeastern Grad Dorm Closed

Northeastern University, facing a major housing crunch has announced that graduate students will no longer be housed on campus. The graduate students living in the University's White Hall will move to university-arranged apartments off campus. The rooms will house transfer students and older freshmen. Single occupant rooms converted to doubles or triples last year will be returned to their original capacities and the rules governing the housing lottery for upperclassmen will be tightened. [The Northeastern News, Feb. 21]

Harvard Council Defers to Deans

The Harvard Undergraduate Council overwhelmingly passed a resolution last week giving Dean of the College Harry R. Lewis and Dean for Undergraduate Education Lawrence Buell the power to endorse or veto Council resolutions. The motion, passed on a vote of 442, is designed to restore credibility to the Council by forcing administrators to either agree to support Council resolutions or stop legislation that they cannot support. It is also hoped that the move will increase communication between the Council and the administration. [The Harvard Crimson, Feb. 26]