A conference to explore the economic and political sources of the energy crisis was held in the Main Lounge.  Participants in the conference included Dr. Peter Meir, manager of the Regional Studies Program at Brookhaven National Laboratory; Dr. Martin Becker from the department of nuclear engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and John J. Mavretich from Mid-Hudson Nuclear Opponents, who advocated the development of solar power.