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Osherson appointed senior housemaster

By Ben Stanger

Professor of Psychology Daniel N. Osherson was appointed to a one-year post as East Campus housemaster Friday. Osherson's appointment was approved by Dean for Student Affairs Shirley M. McBay, Associate Dean Robert A. Sherwood and the East Campus Housemaster Selection Committee.

Osherson said he intends to run the dormitory in a "highly decentralized" manner. He will "intervene as little as possible" and support student initiative as the core of dormitory life.

"The system succeeds when the students work out their problems," Osherson said.

He cited the house judicial system as the primary means of resolving difficulties within the dormitory. It is the role of the housemaster to intervene only when the system fails, he explained.

Manavendra K. Thakur '87, chairman of the Housemaster Committee, said part of the reason for choosing Osherson was that he is "a very good complement" to Brian K. Harvey '69, the new East Campus junior [el-27p6]housemaster. Harvey was appointed in August.

Thakur said the committee felt that Osherson would attack any East Campus problems "with all his might."

The committee will interview candidates for the permanent housemaster position once the term starts, according to Thakur. It first wants to give Osherson a chance to become accustomed to his position.

The committee will intensify its search only if Osherson does not express interest in continuing beyond the one-year commitment, Thakur said. If he does express interest, the committee will reevaluate his record.

Osherson expressed concern over students abusing their health with "immoderate alcohol consumption, ... drug consumption, ... and even hearing damage." He does not feel that restrictions on such activities should be imposed, however.

Osherson received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Chicago and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.