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UA and GSC to sponsor divestment colloquium

UA and GSC to sponsor

divestment colloquium

The Undergraduate Association and Graduate Student Council have tentatively scheduled a special colloquium on the issue of divestment from companies involved with South Africa for May 3.

According to UA President Manish Bapna '91, representative speakers from both the Institute, which opposes divestment, and a pro-divestment South African anti-apartheid group are expected to appear. President Paul E. Gray '54 has reportedly accepted the role of representing MIT, in part because he "does not want delegate duties to someone else," Bapna said.

Either Patrick Lekota or a close relative of African National Congress President Walter Sisulu might represent the Coalition Against Apartheid and other pro-divestment groups, Bapna said. He noted that bringing such a speaker to MIT could cost between $5000 and $7000, but said that "I believe if I do get the room [and] Dr. Gray will speak, the money will be there." The coalition is speaking with local ANC representatives to work out an arrangement, according to CAA member Steven D. Penn G.

The colloquium as scheduled would come less than one week before a special UA referendum to gather student opinion on divestment from South Africa. Bapna described the colloquium as an important way of "educating the students on the issue." He emphasized that the purpose of the colloquium was to learn about divestment, and not the overall system of apartheid.

UA Council member David L. Atkins Jr. '90 explained that the speakers would initially make some opening remarks, after which they would answer two questions given to them in advance. Members of the audience would then be allowed to ask additional questions in the remaining time.

Atkins said he expects the colloquium to take place between 4:30 and 7 pm, in either 10-250 or Kresge Auditorium.

By Eun S. Shin

The MIT Sloan School of Management has been allotted space in the building at 36 Memorial Drive to reduce overcrowding in the Alfred P. Sloan Building (E52). 36 Memorial Drive, soon to be renamed Building E56, is expected to accommodate Sloan offices on one and a half of its four floors.

Building E56 became available for use by the MIT community when the lease held by Arthur D. Little, Inc. ended. MIT repossessed the building, and allotted some building space to alleviate the problem caused by limited space in E52.

Ann F. Friedlaender PhD '64, dean of the School of Humanities and Social Science, is currently working to have part of E56 converted into a library for the history of science and technology.

According to Donna M. Behmer, Sloan's associate dean for administration, Sloan's increased need for space can be attributed to the growth of the research program at Sloan and not to the growth in student enrollment.

"Student enrollment is only indirectly responsible for the increasing need for space. The need for this resource comes from the expanding research program," she said.

The space in E56 will be used for offices, Behmer noted. "Some offices are already temporarily located in building E56," she said, although permanent space assignments are not yet known.

Student enrollment at Sloan remains relatively constant at 200 students per year, according to Diane B. Katz SM '83, director of admissions for the master's program at Sloan.

"We shoot for about 200 masters students every year," she said, "but the program might be growing a little because of Leadership in Manufacturing," a joint degree program in engineering and management, which is in its third year. Enrollment in LFM grew to 40 students this year from 32 last year, Katz said.

"Office and class space is very crowded" in Building E52, said Richard S. Eckaus PhD '54, chairman of the Department of Economics.

According to Eckaus, the expansion of the Sloan school will have "little direct effect on the economics department," which is also located in the Sloan building. "It is my understanding that E56 will be shared between Sloan and the office of humanities and social sciences," he said.