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Short Takes - Harvard to Host ROTC Exercises

A resolution that would have prevented Harvard University's ROTC program from holding commissioning ceremonies in Harvard Yard was vetoed by Dean of the College Harry R. Lewis earlier this month.

The resolution, which Harvard's Undergraduate Council passed by a 3020 margin, would have nullified a year-old compromise that cut financial support for the MIT-based program but permitted ROTC ceremonies to be held in the Yard. It was meant to oppose the program's policy of barring admission to homosexuals.

"We understand that [the federal ROTC policy] is discriminatory and if we could change it we would," Lewis said. But he countered that "it would be a greater wrong to preclude those students who choose to participate in the ROTC program from doing so."

[The Harvard Crimson, April 5]

Yale students arrested in sit-in

Thirty-one members of Yale University's Student Labor Action Committee were arrested at a sit-in in the school's administrative building April 14. Yale's College Executive Committee charged nine of them with "defiance of, belligerence toward, or lying to authority, trespassing, and interference with University functions."

The students, who were protesting what they saw as anti-union action by Yale in its long-running labor dispute, refused to leave the office of President Richard Levin willingly.

[The Yale Daily News, April 19]

Brown opposes Greek athletes

On Friday, Brown University's Office of Residential Life declared its disapproval of the high percentage of athletes in its fraternity system.

"It's been our practice for the past two, three, or four years to discourage large groups of athletes from joining fraternities," said Arthur Gallagher, the office's director.

"It's not a formal written policy, but it's based on negative experience in the past in certain [fraternity] houses, when fraternities with predominantly athletes have been a problem for their neighbors," Gallagher said.

"We've always known that they try to keep athletes out" of fraternities, said the president of one Brown fraternity. "The coaches made it pretty clear that people would get a certain [dormitory] suite if they didn't join a fraternity."

Brown officials denied the charge but admitted that last year two graduate student suites were given to a group composed primarily of varsity athletes after the special needs students they were designed for turned out not to need them.

[The Brown Daily Herald, April 19]

Columbia Students Arrested

Twenty students at Columbia University were arrested last week for occupying the University's main administration building. Those arrested were part of a group of 150 students protesting the school's lack of an ethnic studies department.

Columbia officials have said that they would roll ethnic studies into another program instead of establishing a new, full-fledged program.

In the days after the arrests, hundreds of other students staged protests and sit-ins in University buildings. Three students are also on a hunger strike to protest the situation.

[The Chronicle of Higher Education, April 19]