With more formal polls of the impressions of Summer School students due in Sever Hall this week, the CRIMSON undertakes a more casual survey of the heterogeneous assemblage that make up the Yard community in summertime.
Sister Mary Aquin teaches English at Aquinas College in Missouri. "At first," she says, "I felt like a stranger in exile, with my apartment in Boston and only two other nuns on the campus. Sorry, I mean Yard. But everybody is so friendly and when I go to class people say "Hello, Sister, I'll walk you to Lamont."
"People generally are relaxed around here," says Barbara Westerbury who leaves Mattehsws for her native Sweden in three weeks. "I've met a great many people in a great many ways. Everybody comes to talk to us. It's quite different from the University of Stockholm, we don't have any college system there, we're more like graduate students. You get your assignment and then you run away with it and worry it around like a dog with a bone."
"Boston is just loaded with things to do," says Alex McCielland who lives in Lionel and comes from Greenwich, Connecticut. "I went to Columbia last summer and the one idea everybody has after classes is getting out of New York. Co-ed life there doesn't have the same intensity. No mating calls on the steps of Matthews."
"Yes," says Francesco Mer from Thayer 3 and Florence, Italy, "it's informal, friendly atmosphere, less tense. For instance, one thing good is a dining hall, it gives a sense of community and unity. And these visiting professors like Mr. Emmanuel, he is a poet himself, not only a scholar but a lively literary spirit."
Sue Bennett, from simmons agrees. "Harvard wasn't exactly foreign territory to me," she smiles, "I know some boys at the Business School who told me to come over and scratch the ivy on these walls. So I scratched and learned a lot."
Obaidullah Shaywaniah can compare Harvard with something more remote than Simmons College. "I come from Afghanistan, that unknown country," he says, "and for Americans my name is Obai. One thing I like here very much, everybody is so frank and sincere."
Sam Warner, from Peterborough, New Hampshire, is frank enough to say, "they should either let young ladies in the rooms or save money by letting the proctors go. But I don't have any real gripes. Everybody's relaxed and the beer tastes better at Cronin's."