Cambridge had a crowded but calm and mostly uneventful summer. Shoppers, street people and summer students filled the Square to a greater extent than last summer, but there was none of the tension that resulted in noting two years ago. Politics, it seemed was reserved for Miami Beach.
Forbes Plaza was once again filled with panhandlers and idle passerby, but this year open air commercial activity swelled to new heights. Piles of halter tops, rows of sandals, and racks of baubles clogged the front of Holyoke Center's arcade. And an umbrellaed bright yellow hot dog cart from the Underdog peddled franks and sauerkraut to Cambridge's hungry.
Even the police remained restrained and apparently content to stroll away the summer's heat. There were no large scale arrests that characterized previous summers, and little of the keep-em moving tactics that annoyed people in the past when they just felt like stopping and watching the world go by.
The wheels of the University continued turning as they have for 336 years, but even they moved in a slow gear to avoid the sweat of summer.
Moynihan May Move Up
While the Republican Convention in Miami Beach was confidently renominating Richard Nixon for another four years in office, rumors were spreading back to Boston that Daniel P. Moynihan would continue to hang onto his coattails.
The Boston Globe reported August 17 that Nixon would appoint Moynihas, professor of Education and Urban Politics and a former Nixon advisor, as bead of an advisory board to the newly-created National Institute of Education.
Reached the next day in New York, Moynihan would not tell The Crimson whether he had been approached for the post.
However, he said he knew which people were under consideration to be on the 15 member advisory board and added: "You know perfectly well I'm on the list."
But Moynihan said that even if he accepted a position on the board he would not be leaving Harvard since "these things only meet every three months."
More Power for Harvard?
The University moved close this summer to expanding its interests further beyond the scope of providing education. In August, it reached the final stages of negotiations for moving into the electric power industry.
Harvard may built, at a cost of $50 million, the country's largest noncommercial power plant.
The plant would serve the Medical School and six affiliated hospitals at a projected savings of $5 million a year.
The project has been under discussion for several years, and although the University has spent $250,000 on feasibility studies, the Corporation still has not given its final approval to the plan.