Council Puts Off Action On Proposed New Club
Asks for Veto Power on 'Cliffe Members in College Groups, Would Review All Charters
In a busy session Thursday night, the Student Council postponed action on a proposed new final club, approved a proposal to give itself veto power on Radcliffe applicants to Harvard organizations approved a proposal for itself to review at least every four years charters of all Harvard organizations, and passed the charter of a new social club, Southerners Club.
The action to table the proposed charter of The Sphinx Club was last night called unprecedented by Dean Bender. "This situation has never come up before," he said. "I believe the Council has vote power on charters of all Harvard organizations, but I don't remember their ever using it before."
By a 5 to 4 vote the Council tabled the charter of the new group, which is led by John K. Lally '50, until a full report has been made on the club system at Harvard. This will be done next fall at the earliest.
The Council petitioned the Dean's office for power of approval on Radcliffe applicants "as members, officials, or performing any duty necessary to the functioning of Harvard organizations." According to the proposal the Radcliffe Student Government would have the same power over Harvard men at Radcliffe.
Dean Sherman and Dean Bender have already indicated they would approve the plan. Under the present Faculty rule, however, all Harvard organizations must be 100 percent Harvard membership, and Dean Bender has said that he is not advocating repeal of this rule.
The purpose of the petition to the Deans for power to review charters of all Harvard organizations, according to Council President Robert L. Fischelis '49, is "to make sure that by amendment these organizations have not changed their charters from what the Council and Deans had approved in earlier years."
The Southerners Club was approved after a brief discussion in which Council members ascertained that there was no discrimination clause in the group's charter.