The Committee on Houses and Undergraduate Life (CHUL) will consider next week the New American Movement's (NAM) request that a College-wide referendum be held to determine student views on the possible return of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) to Harvard.
NAM collected over 2500 student signatures, last week, on a petition asking that a referendum on the ROTC issue be held, James G. Pope '73-4, a member of NAM said yesterday.
The Executive Committee of CHUL yesterday unanimously approved the placement of NAM's request on the agenda for next Wednesday's committee meeting, David L. Johnston '74, the CHUL representative from Adams House, said yesterday. The Executive Committee reviews the order and content of the agenda, he said.
Pope said that representatives from NAM will present the petition to CHUL next week and will offer a brief argument in favor of the referendum.
The petition, which was circulated between September 26 and October 2, asks students whether they "favor the return of the Reserve Officers Training Corps to the Harvard campus."
The Executive Committee also voted to discuss next week an information report from Dean Whitlock on the number of students in various Houses, a discussion of voting procedures for the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibilities and the Commission on Inquiry, and a report on freshman rooming assignments, Johnson said.
Merrick B. Garland '74, another committee member, said CHUL will also review a subcommittee which was formed to study sex blind admissions. In addition, the Committee will also consider whether CHUL should study the issue of the optimum size of the college, he said.
Garland said an important issue for CHUL is whether Dean Rosovsky will chair Committee meetings. John T. Dunlop, former dean of the Faculty, chaired the CHUL during most of his term, but discontinued the practice near the end of his tenure.
Franklin L. Ford, McLean Professor of Ancient and Modern History and former dean of the Faculty, did not chair the Committee, and the question of whether Rosovsky will want to chair CHUL is very important, Garland said.
Johnson said that because of the nature and range of issues discussed by CHUL, it is critical that the dean of the Faculty chair the Committee