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Harvard Students Lose Early Returns For Activities Fair

By Douglas E. Heimburger
Associate News Editor

Harvard University groups may not receive early returns for members to attend this fall's activities fair because of changes in the school's return policy.

In the past, Harvard's houses opened before the activities fair, where campus groups recruit prospective freshman members.

This year, however, upperclassmen are scheduled to move in on Sept. 10, while the activities fair is scheduled for Sept. 8.

Major Harvard activities like The Crimson, choral groups, and the Crimson Key Society have traditionally been allowed into dormitories early. "We have not made that decision to extend that housing privilege to all groups,"said Archie C. Epps III, Harvard's dean of students.

As an alternative, Epps suggested that local members of campus groups attend the fair.

But groups had problems with that proposal as well. "It's going to be quite a challenge to make a vivid impression on the freshmen," said Geoffrey C. Rapp, a member of Holoimua o'Hawai'i. If there are not a large number of group members present, "it is unlikely that [freshmen] will want to be a part of our club."

[The Harvard Crimson, May 2]

Stanford Greeks to get housing

Fraternities and sororities at Stanford University will be able to apply for on-campus group housing for the 1997-98 school year.

Members of the Greek organizations had previously been prohibited from applying for housing in the university's dormitories under a 1977 rule of the university. Since then, a number of groups have been founded, including the university's first minority fraternities.

Stanford's sorority system also postdates the rule prohibiting new Greek housing at the university. Sororities were banned from Stanford in 1944 and reinstated in 1977.

While the new proposal may lead to more group housing in Stanford dormitories, the university has no plans to replace current housed groups. "We would never displace a successful program," said Heather Dunn, Stanford's assistant director of student act- ivities.

[The Stanford Daily, May 5]

Brown to fine late payments

Brown University decided last month to end a long-standing "red lighting policy" that banned those who failed to pay bills on time from using the library and athletic facilities.

A new financial penalty system will take its place: Those paying their bills late will be fined $150 per semester, up from $30 per semester, while the account will accrue interest at 18 percent per year.

Students who have $1,000 or more in unpaid bills will be prohibited from registering at the university until the bill has been paid in full.

"The university is not trying to make money out of this policy. It's just a process to collect the money that it is owed," said Donald Reeves, Brown's chief financial officer.

Members of Brown's YoungCommunist League expressed their concern at the lack of student input in the decision. "There's no reason to keep us out," said Sara Mersha. "The discussions should not happen behind closed doors."

The league recently publicly protested against the red lighting policy. "The university's charging more money will not make people more able to pay,"Mersha added. The incident shows Brown's negative attitude to student affairs.

[The Brown Daily Herald, April 23]

Dartmouth votes against dining

Students at Dartmouth College voted overwhelmingly last month to cut dining services instead of instituting a mandatory $800 per term meal plan.

Of 2,690 students, 1,965 voted for "significant cutbacks in services" instead of the mandatory meal plan.

As a result of the survey, Dartmouth Dining Services is considering alternatives to the $800 meal plan. Most likely, students will have a mandatory meal plan of approximately $500.

Most likely, "some people will lose their jobs,"said Case Dorkey, a Dartmouth sophomore who wrote the referendum. "But I imagine that the extent will be much less than people thought."

[The Dartmouth, April 28, 30]