Campus "Liberated" > Divisions Among Radicals: Students for a Restructured Univeresity (SRU)
On May 7, 1968, a number of students broke with the SDS-dominated Strike Coordinating Committee (SCC) to form Students for A Restructured University (SRU). The SRU emphasized their commitment to the rehabilitation of Columbia University, in contrast to SDS, which advocated the University’s destruction based on the perceived inherent bankruptcy of the American university system.
SDS holdouts moved many of their protests off campus, spearheading the May 17 takeover of a Columbia-owned apartment housing on 114th St.
On May 21, SDS members retook Hamilton Hall, and were again arrested by the police. This time, protesting students found significantly less support from the faculty, from other students, and from the general public.
By 1969, more divisions within SDS occurred. In June, Mark Rudd and eighteen other members formed the Weathermen, spurring the creation of a much more violent Revolutionary Youth Movement.