For a few glorious hours yesterday. It looked like Cliffies might at last be allowed to walk through the front door of Lamont, leave the staircase at any floor, and maybe even use the books. But it never happened.
The rumor started when word got to the 'Cliffe that the all-male library was running an exhibit on the "emancipation" of women. "If that doesn't mean that they're letting us in," said one junior, "then it's an awfully sadistic thing to 40".
A Formal Opening?
Confident that the Administration had at last seen the light, several Cliffies arranged to meet at Lamont for "a sort of formal opening." Others cancelled tentative plans for a spring "Make Lamont Heterosexual" riot.
At 8:30 p.m. however, Theodore G. Alevizos, Assistant Librarian for Undergraduate Services, affirmed his earlier statement that "we do not intend to make Lamont wide open to girls." He admitted that the fifth level, closed to girls, does house such an exhibit.
The pictures, most of which came from the Radcliffe information Office, indicato the heights to which women can hope to rise in the Harvard community. They include photographs of Mrs. Bunting, president of Radcliffe, and four female Harvard professors.
Most of the books exhibited, taken straight from the shelves of Lamont, were apparently chosen to justify the library's ban on women. The Useless Sex. The Anti-Sex. The Subjection of Women, and All Women are Fatal are prominently displayed. One of the cases contains on edition of Pierre de Bourdeille's. The Lives of Gallant Ladies, suggestively opened to "Fourth Essay--On Married Women, Widows and Girls to ascertain which class of them is botter in love than the others."
When the Cliffies learned of their error, they shrugged their shoulders and turned back to Rad Lib. The formal opening was postponed to a later data.