Robert C. Fisher '51 was removed last night from his posts as NSA delegate and non-voting member of the Student Council.
After secretly questioning Fisher for four hours, the Council voted him out of office, 10 to 2, on a motion introduced by Herbert J. Spiro '50., Spiro's proposal followed the recommendation of the NSA delegation, which considered the matter in a closed meeting just before vacation.
Fisher claimed last night that the Council ousted him not because of any specific action, but because his "opinions and beliefs differ from theirs." He charged that the meeting resembled a "star chamber session," and that he and others present "had not been given sufficient opportunity to express their views."
Earlier last night, the Council had asked Fisher to resign, repeating an unofficial request last month by William D. Weeks '49, Council president, and Alfred M. Goodloe '50, chairman of the NSA delegation. Fisher refused, how-ever, on the grounds that his resignation would not help the NSA in any way. He added that if he had been convinced that anything he did regarding NSA had been wrong, he would have resigned.
The Council accused Fisher of: 1. "Not representing the Harvard student body in the manner they have a right to expect"; 2. "Acting on several occasions in a way definitely detrimental to the best interests of the NSA"; and 3: "Acting on several occasions in such a way as to prevent the Harvard NSA delegation from carrying out promptly and effectively the duties assigned it by the Student Council and the student body."
It was learned that Frederic D. Houghteling '50 charged Fisher with having been disloyal to NSA. He had the HYRC's interests, not the NSA's, he said.
Another charge made against Fisher was that he had withheld vital information from the rest of the delegation.
Charles R. Brynteson '50 and Amory Houghton Jr. '50 went on record against the removal, while Edward M. Foote '51 abstained. Weeks, who did not vote, added his signature to the majority opinion