College to Remain Firm About PT Requirement
Administrators of the College's compulsory PT program have not been influenced by President Bunting's decision to abolish mandatory physical training for Radcliffe freshmen.
Dean von Stade asserted yesterday that no changes in the compulsory nature of Harvard's program are planned and that he would be against any that are suggested. He said he had not heard about Radcliffe's decision.
Both von Stade and Nathaniel A. Parker, Director of Physical Training, maintained that the PT program is "the heart of the intra-mural athletic system at Harvard."
Parker claimed that the upperclass athletic program would suffer greatly if freshmen physical training were made voluntary.
If the boys aren't made to do something three times a week in their first year," he asserted, "they will get out of the habit" and will not participate in House athletics later on.
President Bunting announced earlier this week that compulsory physical training for Radcliffe freshmen has been published.
"The new policy simply reflects a belief," Mrs. Bunting said, "that in this and other aspects of living at college, even freshmen should be treated as adults."
A few mechanical changes have been made in the Harvard PT program. Students will be graded either "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" instead of the former system of a letter grade from A to E. Depending on the number of cuts. Six cuts per terms will be allowed.