The Student-Faculty Advisory Council is expected to discuss the upcoming recruiting visit of the Dow Chemical Corporation at its first meeting of the new term today. The meeting, which will be open to the public, will be held at 3 p.m. in the Winthrop House Junior Common Room.
The agenda for today's session lists discussion of the October memorandum of Selective Service Director General Lewis B. Hershey Jr. and a review of Harvard's overall recruitment policies "in light of the coming visit by Dow."
Some members of the Council said last night that there would probably be a motion presented today which would recommend that Harvard ban the visit by Dow. A petition circulated at registration yesterday and signed by over 400 students, according to Mark Dyen '70 who helped collect the signatures, calls on President Pusey to ban the visits of Dow and the Institute for Defense Analyses. This petition, Dyen said, was intended to "strengthen the hand" of those on the Council who are in favor of recommending the ban. Dow is scheduled to recruit on February 23, under the auspices of the Office of Graduate and Career Plans. The October Dow visit was sponsored by the Chemistry Department.
I.D.A. is recruiting today, under the auspices of the Engineering and Applied Physics Department at Pierce Hall 215. The petition was aimed at the I.D.A. visit which had been scheduled for February 15 at the Office of Graduate and Career Plans. John B. Fox Jr. '59, the Office's director, said last night that the later visit has been cancelled at I.D.A.'s request.
The Council will also try to reach some decision on the Hershey memorandum today. At the Council's last meeting, a three-hour debate failed to produce any kind of consensus among members on the matter. A motion by Martin H. Peretz, instructor in Social Studies, which was tabled at the close of the meeting, is expected to be re-considered today.
Peretz's proposal would call on President Pusey to "refuse the use of Harvard facilities to military personnel for recruitment as long as the threat to our students by General Hershey is not lifted.