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Senior housemaster is still sought; East Campus junior resident chosen

By Jacqueline Gottlieb

East Campus has not yet found a housemaster for the coming year, according to Associate Dean for Student Affairs Robert A. Sherwood.

An unnamed candidate for the position met with East Campus residents last night and will decide today whether to accept the post. Professor Judith T. Kildow and Alfred Kildow resigned as East Campus housemasters in January.

Lecturer in Media Arts and Sciences Brian K. Harvey '69 was appointed East Campus junior housemaster this month by Dean for Student Affairs Shirley M. McBay. He arrived at MIT earlier in the summer, according to Sherwood.

Harvey will move into the new junior housemasters' apartment Sept. 4 or 5. The apartment was built on the second floor of the east parallel this summer.

The Institute has actively searched for a senior housemaster for East Campus throughout the summer, according to Sherwood. "I have contacted at least 100 faculty members: 75 senior and 25 junior," he said.

Most of them have already made plans for the coming year, however, and therefore are not available to act as housemasters, Sherwood explained.

"The problem is not with East Campus in particular," Sherwood stressed. The Dean's Office knows of strong candidates for the East Campus position for 1986. The problem is for the coming year, he added.

Professor Vernon Ingram, the new MacGregor housemaster, was among those who interviewed for East Campus senior housemaster position. "The students in East Campus are a particularly attractive group," Ingram said. It is a very large dorm and this may be one of the reasons most candidates shy away from it, he explained.

Two alternatives face the Dean's Office if a senior faculty resident is not located before the beginning of the term: a temporary, one-year appointment or promotion of one of the graduate tutors to senior tutor, enabling him to take over some of the duties and responsibilities of the housemasters.

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The housemasters of MacGregor House and Ashdown House also resigned in January and their positions were filled this summer.

Vernon and Beth Ingram moved into Ashdown House in July. They replaced Professor Robert I. Hulsizer PhD '48 and his wife Carol, who had been Ashdown housemasters for the past 11 years.

"I've never been interviewed so much in my life," Professor Ingram said, describing the process that led to his appointment. In his short stay in Ashdown, Ingram said he has become acquainted with some of the problems specific to graduate students.

Ingram would like to establish a graduate student center -- a place where graduate students can meet other students and faculty members and hold discussions and meetings. He suggested Ashdown dining hall as a very appropriate place for this project.

Professor Robert Kennedy and his wife Eleanor replaced Mechanical Engineering Professor Nathan Cook and his wife Anne, who had been MacGregor housemasters for the past 15 years. The Kennedys received their "baptism of fire during the floods in the dorm basement in July," Sherwood said. They handled the situation very well, he added.

Candidates for housemasters are chosen from among faculty members who have expressed interest in the position, usually at the students' request or preference. In most cases a committee of about 10 students interviews the candidates.

The candidates then meet the dorm residents during study breaks and other informal ccassions, after which the students have the chance to express their opinions of the candidates. The final decision is made by Dean for Student Affairs Shirley M. McBay, and "rarely are there major clashes between the students' and the Dean's Office's wishes," Sherwood said.