Four houses and the Union started using automatic milk dispensers yesterday and in many cases the mechanization caused delays in serving. The only dining halls on the old system are in Dunster Adams, and Quincy, the three Houses not using central kitchen facilities.
Leverett, Kirkland, Lowell, and Eliot had the new machines, which have been tested in Winthrop House since the beginning of the year. The dispenser is a squat stainless steel box, worth about $800.
Students in the automated Houses reported that the slowness with which the mechanical cows filled glasses caused large jam-ups in the serving lines. An occasional beakdown, such as the one in Leverett when the machine forgot to shut itself off, also produced delays.
Unofficial reports said that Houses with independent kitchens would also use milk machines soon.