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Yesterday's News
Yesterday's News


Mathematician and logician Alfred North Whitehead will leave his post as dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of London to join Harvard's philosophy department.


Work is underway on Boylston Hall, the College's chemical laboratory since its opening in 1857. The renovated building will house a book bindery, the library's Chinese collection, the freshman library, and classrooms.


Italian newspapers have alleged that Professor Gaetano Salvemini of the history department, a refugee scholar, has conspired against Mussolini and was an accomplice in a bombing in St. Peter's Church in Rome. Salvemini, in reply, has challenged the Italian government to produce evidence of his guilt.


Average attendance at daily prayers in the Memorial Church has increased in the past year from 58 persons to 68. The chairman of the University Board of Preachers reports the formation of a Chapel Club among those undergraduates who attend daily services; about 50 men have joined.


The Harvard-Cambridge Dinner is becoming an annual event: for the second year in a row, Cambridge's mayor, city manager, and city councilors have been the guests of President Conant and members of the Corporation.


Radio commentator Fulton Lewis Jr. urges his millions of listeners to mail a "deluge" of protests to the University after a professor-elect at an East German university addresses an open meeting of the John Reed Club of Harvard on "The Marxist Theory of Social Change." Two weeks later, a Bulletin editor is permitted to analyze the 305 letters that have arrived. He finds only 14 letters of protest from alumni, and several from other alumni who have written to congratulate the University for living up to its principles. The mother of a College sophomore writes, "Knowledge is power....Fear and mystery are Russian weapons which cannot withstand the weapon named in Harvard's motto--'Veritas.'"


The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has voted to inaugurate the Special Standing Program, which will admit exceptional applicants at the end of the junior year in high school, or permit those qualified candidates who have already completed high school to enter the College as sophomores.


Radcliffe's weekly paper, Percussion, has sponsored a fashion contest to pick the best-dressed Radcliffe girl, who will then enter a national contest sponsored by a fashion magazine. Barnard and Moors Halls voted not to participate, calling the contest "against Radcliffe's principles."


Sixteen predominantly Negro colleges have been invited to send one student each--preferably a junior contemplating graduate study--to Harvard's summer school on full-tuition scholarships "to [enable] the students to attend a cosmopolitan, integrated university to test their ability for...and interest in" graduate work.


The Harvard Corporation has agreed to open merger talks with Radcliffe, with a view to achieving total merger by the fall of 1970. Radcliffe's Board of Trustees and College Council have already voted to begin discussions with Harvard. "Merger of Radcliffe into Harvard," write the Bulletin's editors, "has the ring of historical inevitability."


Thanks to a three-year grant of $180,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has set up a major program of instruction in oral literature, including the study of folklore, natural magic, balladry, and mythology.


Sixteen-year-old Carpenter Center, the only building in North America designed by the Swiss architect Le Corbusier, has won a listing in the National Register of Historic Places.


Computer-consciousness is on the rise throughout the University. The Business School has announced that incoming M.B.A. students will be required to use portable IBM personal computers as part of regular class preparation, and the Expository Writing program is offering an experimental section in which the papers are written and critiqued on computers on loan from IBM.

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