The Mail COOP ELECTIONS

To the Editors of the CRIMSON:

I fully agree with Bruce Johnson's opinion that the Coop elections were carried off with alarming ineptitude. As my ballot was never sent to me (after two changes of address letters) I too had to go tromping down to the Coop in order to vote. Ironically, my bill always gets here.

However, I believe Mr. Johnson has actually over-looked some of the Coop's mismanagement. The reason Lowell House never offered nominations to the board of directors was because Mr. Whitlock never sent a letter requesting us to do so. Had I known about the elections before Paul Silver asked me if I had received my ballot, the House Committee certainly would have solicited names of all interested residents. I'm led to believe that this is probably the same reason the majority of the other Houses failed to respond with nominations.

ALUMNI FUNDS. . .

To the Editors of the CRIMSON:

Thanks for your story on the Harvard College Fund on November 30. We need understanding publicity and are grateful for it.

The success or failure of our campaign will, of course, have a direct bearing on the College's ability (1) to hold down the cost of getting an education and (2) to continue admitting the best qualified candidates without regard to their financial ability to pay.

One correction: we have not "cancelled" any subscriptions to the Harvard Bulletin. Last year, because of the turmoil in alumni relations, and a desire to give our Fund workers every possible bit of information about Harvard, we took out one-year subscriptions for all our workers who were not subscribers. We did not feel that this substantial cost was justified again this year, and have not renewed. We have a high regard for the Bulletin and wish it every success.

. . .AND HOW THEY'RE SPENT

To the Editors of the CRIMSON:

President Pusey, Arthur Smithies, and the Krokodiloes entertained at Kirkland House in what was billed as The President's Dinner. It was an occasion to hear the President speak. It was an occasion to ask the President questions. From an audience that came close to filling the house perhaps five or six questions were asked and answered. Before these questions was President Pusey's speech.

We were told of a "new depression" setting in across the country in our institutions of higher learning. While the cost of these institutions is rising at a rate of eight to ten per cent per year, the rate of income will probably not increase at a rate higher than two per cent. These institutions must receive money from somewhere in order to continue. The Government and the American Public must be convinced of their value; they must supply the needed funds.

As I left, I noticed the empty wine bottles, the cigars, the well-tailored suits, and the gold watches on manicured hands; I wondered if the University itself believed in the importance of our institutions of higher learning. Maybe they could be convinced to give some money, or even just to take a little less.