To the Editors of the Crimson:
As faithful readers of your excellent journal we have followed for many days, weeks, and months the complexities of the Student Council affair. We have followed in your columns the mounting barrage of charges and counter-charges, abuse, recrimination, argument, rebuttal and denial. During all this time as far as we can see, the attitude of the College has remained doggedly apathetic, with the exception of the Crimson, the Liberal Union, and the AVC.
Again and again we have read that the Student Council is undemocratic. Would it surprise you to know that 22.2 percent of the Committee to Investigate the Student Council is made up of Crimson men? Or that another 22.2 percent are adherents of the H.L.U. The membership of the investigating committee was chosen by a small percentage of the voters, for the issue then as now aroused little interest. We therefore charge first, that Student Council reform cannot by any stretch of the imagination be called a popular movement, and that its members are for the most part wheels and friends of wheels in the organizations initiating the move, namely, the H.L.U., and AVC, and the Crimson. It is conceivable that these men represent these organizations, but to claim that they are the popularly-chosen voices of a thoroughly aroused student body is certainly a travesty of the truth.
Secondly, we should like to make the point that since the Student Council as a body lacks practically and vestige of authority and that its composition is a matter of supreme indifference to almost all of us, the unorganized and therefore unvocal majority, no amount of whooping it up for reform in the columns of the Crimson will have any effect. Perhaps this is Harvard indifference, and is so it is certainly to be regretted, but it is nevertheless a fact. Our committees, which are so democratic that they are open to any and all who care to join, were formed for the purpose of giving voice to the opinion that the whole matter of Student Council reform is a tempest in a teapot, and to express the hope that the business be dropped as soon as possible. There must be more important news for the Crimson to report. Ormonde de Kay, Jr. '45, Committee to Investigate the Committee to Investigate the Student Council. John A. Shepardson '46. Committee to Exterminate the Committee to Investigate the Student Council.