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On May 4th, several groups of "strikers" occupy the Loeb Student Center. The following day, strike groups also take over Warren Weaver Hall and Kimball Hall, the former building containing a $3.5 million dollar computer owned by the Atomic Energy Commission and leased by NYU. The "liberated" buildings become "Strike Student Centers" or "Communes", and a strike coordinating committee sets forth demands of the University. Holding the computer as a hostage, the strikers demand ransom money of $100,000 from the University to be used as bail money for imprisoned Black Panthers.
b/w photograph of strikers outside Warren Weaver, May 1970. NYU Archives Photograph Collection.
While NYU President Hester attempts to obtain a court injunction to remove the strikers as quickly as possible, the students, in control of the University Print Shop in Kimball "Commune", print and distribute manifestoes calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Vietnam and enjoining fellow NYU students to join their "injunction party" and "make revolutionary love in the streets."
"Injunction Party" poster, May 1970. NYU Archives Collection.
Strikers evacuate Warren Weaver Hall on May 7, but set off the fuse to a bomb device before departing. University staff manage to douse the fuse just seconds before it would have destroyed the computer.

After seventeen days of high tension at NYU, university officials succeed in removing the strikers from all occupied buildings.

b/w photograph of makeshift bomb, May 1970. NYU Archives Photograph Collection.

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