Eight Wellesley freshmen hastily stepped out of the date-interviewing business yesterday, as the college's publicity office explained to all callers that the girls "just didn't know what they were stirring up." Among the callers were several New York newspapers and national magazines.
The young ladies, who advertised in last Monday's CRIMSON that they would interview "MALES" who wanted Carousel dates, have since received more than 100 telephone calls. As of yesterday, however, they were bluntly telling all applicants that the "Syndicate" is no longer in existence.
For it turned out that their experiment, though born out of innocent curiosity, violated a college ruling against publicizing the Wellesley name without official sanction. And in addition, the "Syndicate" members suddenly became rather unpopular with their dorm-mates, who found it hard to get used to the 3 a.m. telephone calls.
Faced with these two problems, the girls on Tuesday did penance before the college administration, admitting their error and asking to be relieved of the whole mess. And the officials, perhaps remembering their own freshman year, recognized the problem and agreed to handle any troublesome calls themselves.
"The girls acted in full ignorance of what could happen, and they have certainly suffered enough already," a publicity office spokesman said yesterday.
And the erstwhile Syndicate members, contacted last night declined to say whether they need Careneel dates.