A panel discussion run by Cliffies who sat in at Paine Hall was held at Radcliffe yesterday. The 19 girls selected for punishment after the Paine incident chose to organize the discussion as an alternative to being placed on probation.
Speakers on the topic, "Who Governs Harvard University?" were James Q. Wilson, professor of Government; Mary I. Bunting, president of Radcliffe; and two of the Paine Hall participants, Elizabeth Stanley '72 and Katha S. Pollitt '71.
Wilson said that the Paine Hall incident "did not significantly change faculty opinion on ROTC." A "convocation of students and faculty should have been held before the scheduled faculty meeting in Paine," he added.
Mrs. Bunting said that "universities have been very slow to involve students in the decision-making process." But she warned against the dangers of unregulated student participation: "If students have a bright, new idea, they often assume it must be right." She cited this as one reason why faculty and administration vetoes were necessary.
Miss Stanely said that in handling the ROTC issue, the University showed that it "operates in the interests of wealthy businessmen." She explained that the power of the University lies with the Corporation which is "a group of wealthy businessmen."
After the discussion, Mrs. Bunting said that she had hoped to hear more about the governing of the University. The girls said they were generally pleased. "It gave us an opportunity to make our views on ROTC clear," one of them said