Moscow University Gets Sacred Ibis
Russian Deputy Takes Bird From Crimeds
Threski, the Lampoon's Sacred Ibis, now rests in Russian territory.
Semyon K. Tsarapkin, Deputy Representative of the U.S.S.R. in the United Nations, accepted the Ibis on behalf of the Russian Government yesterday at Russian Delegation Headquarters on 680 Park Avenue, New York City.
Michael Maccoby and George S. Abrams, CRIMSON President and Managing Editor who made the presentation on behalf of the Lampoon, expressed the hope that the Lampoon's Ibis would find its final resting place on one of the spires of the new Moscow University, to be opened next fall.
Mr. Taarapkin and Mr. Svirin, first secretary of the delegation who acted as interpreter, indicated they would send the bird to Moscow immediately and voiced thanks from the U.S.S.R. for the gift.
The Russians apologized for the absense of Andrel Vishinski, first permanent delegate, who was unable to get away from his U.N. duties for the presentation.
The Russians were cordial and showed a great interest in college curricula and student activities, especially American student pranks.
Abrams and Maccoby, who had been incorrectly reported kidnapped by the Lampoon over the weekend, returned to Cambridge late last night after spending three days in New York preparing the presentation.
"The Russians were extremely nice about the whole thing. It seemed to us they were going out of their way to implement their new peace offensive. We expect to get pictures from them of the Ibis' new resting place on a University of Moscow spire almost any day now," they said.
They commented that Tsarapkin was a bit puzzled as to what the bird represented. First he thought it was a stork, but was assured when he was informed it was "a sort of American peace dove."
The two editors, who were accompanied by CRIMSON photographer John B. Loengard, were astonished by the ease in which the arrangements for the presentation were made. "There were no hitches or hesitations in the entire affair," they said.