Petering Out

(an editorial)

Monday's Box Jox-Radcliffe tennis match is a milestone in the brief history of the merger non-merger of Harvard and Radcliffe, and we applaud the Administration's gesture of recognition of its Radcliffe constituents. For far too long the 'Cliffe has been overlooked in the Mass Hall scene of things. We applaud this match as a move in the right direction.

But while the tennis match-up represents a significant step forward in negotiations between Harvard and Radcliffe, important questions still remain to be answered. Before the match, Dan "Boom-Boom" Steiner, sometime general counsel to the University, halted proceedings in order to present the Radcliffe squad with two dozen long-stemmed red roses. This gesture is indicative of the paternalistic sexism that Harvard has long been a party to. That the Harvard Administration should stoop to such depths in order to perpetuate its outdated beliefs is reprehensible in an academic community, and in 1973, a supposed age of enlightenment, we condemn it.

Furthermore, the Jox below-the-belt tactics reveal a truly insidious mentality thriving in the Mass Hall gang. Witness the following conversation held at Monday's encounter: "Mr. Steiner, where did the money come from for the roses?" "Those things have a way of taking care of themselves." What this reveals about the Bok Administration is that a slush fund exists, guised in the legitimacy of the Harvard budget, for the continuation of Harvard's male chauvinist tradition. We condemn the existence of this alleged fund and demand that the Jox eliminate it immediately.

The picture that came out of Monday's match is not totally black, however. In fact, the encounter did answer one question that has been plaguing us for some time. Since the match was held at Radcliffe's Garden St. courts, it proved beyond reasonable doubt that the Bok Administration does indeed know where Radcliffe really is. The match has served to lay to rest once and for all the rumor that President Bok thinks of Radcliffe as existing "somewhere northwest of the Yard." Monday's match asserts without doubt that the Bok Administration does indeed know where Radcliffe is. We commend this knowledge.

Monday's match is a giant step forward. We urge the Administration to continue in this direction. And as it marks an improvement, however slight, over 2.5 to 1, we laud the Administration's 6-3 decision.