New Council Names Axt President; Weld, Preston Win Executive Posts
Bender's Preliminary Address Scores Harvard's Anti-Social Lone Wolves," Eli Career-Men
Richard G. Axt, Jr. '46, of Winthrop House and Englewood, New Jersey was elected President of the Student Council at the new Council's first meeting last night in Phillips Brooks House.
Also named to executive posts were Edric A. Weld, Jr. '46 of Leverett House and Plymouth, New Hampshire, Treasurer, and Jerome Preston, Jr. '44, of Winthrop House and Hingham, Massachusetts, Secretary. The new executives will hold office until the complete Council election are held in May.
Speaking immediately preceding the voting, Wilber J. Bender '27, newly-appointed Dean of the College, first outline the University chain of command for the Council members and them tackled the problem of student apathy.
Something Lacking Here
"I feel very strongly that there is something lacking at Harvard. The quality of instruction is high, but the living and working together that is one of the basic duties of any university is not made possible," and Bender.
"The College must develop a set of attitudes suiting students to take responsible places in the community, and the best way to promulgate such an attitude is to establish Harvard as a model community," he added.
"To many anti-social, lone wolves, however fine their intellectual gifts, are being turned out by the College today," said Bender. "What we are looking for is the middle path between a college of individuals going their own atomized way and a career institution like Yale."
Stressing the "very important role played by the Student Council in shaping undergraduate policies," Bender ended, "The worst kind of an education is where the student is just a robet--going to classes, sitting in the library, and at the end of four years getting his diploma."