The Harvard Gazette reflects upon the university's long tradition of rebellion, beginning with a butter uprising: "Harvards era of dissent began with the Great Butter Rebellion of 1766. It was the first known student protest on an American campus and for a time led to half the student body being suspended. Asa Dunbar, Henry David Thoreaus grandfather, was the first to protest that College butter"...ahem..."stinketh."
Later, in 1818, a wild food fight broke out and was chronicled in rhyme by clever scholar Augustus Peirce in Rebelliad:
And thus arose a fearful battle,
The coffee cups and saucers rattle;
The bread-bowls fly at woful rate,
And break many a learned pate.
Earlier that year, a violent brawl involving crockery also occurred. Apparently dorm food was crap, even then!
Harvard's Long Ago Student Risings [Gazette]