Constitution Vote is Today; Council Scans Ticket Sales
Students will go to the polls today to vote on a new Student Council constitution. Two-thirds of these casting ballots must approve the new charter if it is to be ratified. Should it receive this margin, the constitution will go into effect immediately, and nominations for a new council will open tomorrow. The elections will take place early in December.
Voting will take place in the House dining halls during the lunch and dinner hours. The results will be tabulated by the council tonight in Phillips Brooks House and announced tomorrow.
A detailed analysis of the constitution itself appears on page four.
Referendum on the council constitution today was made necessary by a clause in the present charter, which was ratified in 1947. This clause stated that after the constitution had been in effect for three years the council had to consider whether revisions were advisable.
Committees have been at work for over a year trying to eliminate flaws and to recommend necessary changes.
The new constitution also contains such a clause, obligating the council to review the charter's effectiveness in 1955.
Investigation of the Athletic Association method of colling football tickets began last night when the Student Council directed Neale C. Bringhurst '52, National Student Association representative, to contact other colleges to find what systems are in operation elsewhere.
Richard M. Sandler '52, treasurer of the council, who suggested the investigation, pointed out the case of a student who lined up several days ago for Yale game seats. This individual arrived early and was the third person in his line.
By the time he bought his tickets, Sandler reported, 400 seats had been sold, each of the students before him buying 200.
In order to avoid mass purchases of this nature, the council will attempt to decide if it would be practical to limit the number of tickets each person may buy.
Yale sells its seats on a mail application basis. Bringhurst will contact Yale and report to the council how this system works.
Although there are "apparent evils" in the setup here, the council admitted that the H.A.A. method may well be the best possible.
Because there is "no widespread demand" for a change, the council decided last night to drop consideration of the idea to end single holidays throughout the academic year in favor of longer Christmas and spring vacations.
Elections for the 1951 Permanent Class Committee will take place on February 21 this winter instead of in December, as is usually the case. The council feels that there will be more interest in the elections later in the year and that, if the new constitution is ratified today, there will already be a sufficient number of elections this fall.
A proposal to investigate the maid situation in the College and to find out whether room rents might be lowered if maids left was tabled by the council until next week's meeting. The group hopes to have Daniel G. Mulvihill at its informal luncheon tomorrow in Kirkland House