Quincy Reverses Decision, Will Send Students to CRR; Women Ineligible to Run
Students in Quincy House voted Thursday to send a representative to the Committee on Rights and Responsibilities (CRR), reversing a decision made in a similar referendum last Spring.
Of the 412 students living in the House, 167 voted to elect a member, with 100 voting no. The yes vote came at the urging of the House Committee, which also reversed its stand of last Spring, when it urged students not to send a representative.
The representative, who will be elected Tuesday, will hold the post until December, when a new CRR will take office. Another House will then be picked to elect a delegate to the Committee.
About 65 per cent of those living in the House voted, a number slightly above the 60 per cent minimum requirement set by the Committee to make the referendum meaningful. At a meeting held October 5, the Committee decided, by a 10 to 1 vote, to hold the referendum, and, if the 60 per cent level were not reached, to go ahead with the election.
Although there are about 60 women living in Quincy House this year, only men will be eligible for the CRR spot, the House Committee announced yesterday. Lawrence S. DiCara '71, chairman of the House Committee, said yesterday that women living in the House were still considered Radcliffe students and that the Radcliffe representative had already been elected.
Dean May said yesterday that this policy had been required by the Faculty Resolution on Rights and Responsibilities passed last Spring.
Quincy House women will, however, be allowed to vote in the elections. DiCara said that Quincy House men now living at Radcliffe might be allowed to vote if they showed up to do so. He considered their coming unlikely, since the voting will take place at mealtimes. Quincy men not living in the House are not permitted to eat there.
The election was postponed to give candidates time to submit statements of their views to the House Committee and to the House at large, DiCara said, He added that it also "gave the Committee a chance to iron out the bugs in the election process. So far we've been playing this mostly by ear."
Two students-Leslie W. Mullins '72 and Stephen Koster '71-have already submitted their candidacies. Neither could be reached for comment last night.
In a newsletter published Wednesday, the House Committee urged students to vote yes in the referendum, saying "If students are really interested in avoiding a clash with Cambridge police, they'll keep their own house in order."
The newsletter asked if the University will always "have to use force to respond to disruption or monkey wrenches in its machinery," noting "the Administration of this University will respond. No amount of rhetoric will change that."
"Tempers are cooler now, though many of last Spring's fears still smolder," it continued, "The QHC wants to take advantage of the more rational atmosphere."