Confessing "I can't remember when I have been more nervous in addressing an audience," President Pusey broke tradition last night by speaking at the formal opening of Radcliffe held at the First Congregational Church. It was the first time a Harvard president had attended the' Cliffe opening ceremonies.
Preceding Pusey in the line of speakers, Mrs. Helen H. Gilbert '36, Acting President of Radcliffe, told the audience that contrary to common belief Radcliffe's relation to the University is not "deliberately hazy."
The association of the two schools is "simple and honest," she said. "Radcliffe has its own governing board, endownment, and problems." We have a long way to go to get full acceptance into the University, she concluded, but we can and will attain our objective.
Pusey Is Confused
Pusey spoke about the growth of the University, admitting that the definition of Radcliffe's place within it was still a little hazy to him.
Touching on the coming debate of the Doty Report, he asserted that there is a need to re-examine the General Education program since incoming students have more advanced preparation and are working toward different sorts of careers than in the past. And he expressed hope that the debate on Gen Ed would "widen into a discussion of what a college should be at this time."
Mrs. Wilma Kerby-Miller, Academic Vive-President of Radcliffe, noted that in recent years 'Cliffies had become more interested in "affairs outside their immediate lives." Participation in PBH programs, the Peace Corps, or civil rights groups, she said, is useful not only for its contribution, but also as training for "public life."
Mrs. Kathleen O. Elliott, Dean of Radcliffe, discussed the problems of living within the "sequestered vale" of Radcliffe. College life, she said, can be "an assualt on your security--intellectually and emotionally."
RGA's plans for a "new start" this year were outlined by Stephanie L. Krebs '65, president of the Radcliffe Government Association