School a Vacation to 2,652
A total of 2,652 Summer School students passed the warm months in Cambridge, studying for hour exams and rushing in Lament to keep cool. While footloose Harvard vacationers spent the summer girdling the globe, the large crop of summer scholars (about half of whom were from Harvard and Radcliffe) kept Cambridge busy during the School's eight-week sessions.
Academic highlights of the summer was a series of six weekly conferences on such topics an academic freedom, the welfare state, and poetry. The program, arranged by Director William Y. Elliott, Williams professor of History, drew such speakers as Max Lerner, Ralph Bunch, and Stephen Spender.
Highlights of the Summer School conferences was the poetry conference which brought to Cambridge modern poets from all over the world. Numerous footings were held which includes speeches by such prominent figures as Stephen Spender, Pierre Emmanuel, and John Crowe Ransom.
Crew Wins at Henley
The varsity crew brought home the Grand Challenge Cup from Henley-on Themes, England, for the third time in as many attempts. The Crimson eight rowed three heats in the four-day regatta, coming from behind in all its races. In the finals on July 8, the varsity triumphed over the Studentenoeivereeninging Npord of Holland by a length and a quarter over the mile and five-sixteenths course.
Record Year in Gifts
University coffers overflowed during the last fiscal year with the greatest volume of gifts in history. From July 1, 1949 to June 30, 01/09/1950, Harvard received $25,778,014; two-thirds of which will be added to the University's capital investments.
Ten million dollars of the record total came as a result of the Business School's matching John D. Rockefeller's $5,000,000 pledge. Just after the Business School matched that figure, another $2,000,000 was given the school by the Kresge Foundation.
Gladding New NROTC Chief
Captain Carroll T. Bonny retired last summer as the University's N.R.O.T.C. director and concluded 31 years in the service in the Navy. Captain Douglas V. Glading, assistant chief of the Bureau of Navel Personnel, was named as his successor.
Acheson Picketer Returns
Over 100 members of the Massachusetts Action Committee for Peace picketed against Secretary of State Dean Acheson at his Commencement address this June. The members carried placards up and down Massachusetts Avenue denouncing Acheson's part in the cold war.
Later this summer, Reverend Robert, M. Muir, leader of the committee, conducted morning chapel in Memorial Church. He explained, "After all, it was Acheson, we were demonstrating against, not Harvard."
British Tops in Tennis
Cambridge and Oxford beat a combined Harvard-Yale tennis team 13 to 8 on August 12, to regain the Prentice Cup. Five of the eight wins were by Harvard, and in the doubles Crimson Sophomore Charles Ufford joined Yale's Harry Hands for another win.
By the time students start drifting back to Cambridge, they will see only the tall end of the annual summer painting and digging campaign. The University Buildings and Grounds department have had Adams covered with scaffolding to repaint woodwork, and the City has been ripping up sidewalks along Massachusetts Avenue to lay pipes.
The Retch Building along with the Antronomy Building have disappeared before the wreckers. While the Graduate center has been completed and integrated into the over-all pattern of the Law School, by moving trees and redirecting paths. At Radcliffe the Yard was dug up to lay water pipes for Agassiz Hall water fountains.
1000 Attend Math Parley
The seven-day International Congress of Mathematicians late in the summer drew more than a thousand mathematics exports the Harvard for the first such affair in the United States this century and the 11th since 1893. Sessions were carried on in five languages and included awarding of prizes, and delivery of papers and addresses. Specialists gathered for smaller conferences in their fields.
Visiting mathematicians lived in the Houses and ate in the Union for the seven days beginning August 30. At the close of the sessions they scheduled the next congress for Amsterdam, Holland, in 1954.