Committee Claims Majority of College Opposes 1-1-2 Plan
A spokesman for the Quad Committee said yesterday that the preliminary tabulations of its housing questionnaire show that 87 per cent of undergraduates oppose the 1-1-2 housing option.
Jeffrey R. Griffths '77, chairman of the committee, said that each residential house returned about 60 questionnaires, and freshmen about 200 in the poll conducted during the past two weeks.
At the Quad 98.5 per cent of the students opposed the plan while among Yard and River House residents 80 to 85 per cent indicated their opposition.
The Quad Committee, with the cosponsorship of the Radcliffe Union of Students, is also circulating a petition against 1-1-2 that presently has around 2500 signatures and a goal of 4000 to 5000, said Griffith.
The vote by the RUS legislature last week to co-sponsor the petition is an official demonstration of opposition on the part of the organization, which represents all Radcliffe students, RUS president Barbara Norris '76 said yesterday.
Norris said that RUS opposition is based on the crowding of freshmen in the Quad under 1-1-2, the elimination of any 1-1 sex balance in residential housing and the belief that the division of classes is "very detrimental to their educational and social experience," at the University.
Another tentative indication in the questionnaire is that freshmen living in the Quad feel they are better advised and more knowledgeable about Harvard than their classmates in the Yard, said Griffith.
He attributed this discrepancy to the Yard residents' segregation from upperclassmen and the Quad students contact with upperclassmen in the Quad houses.
Both Griffith and Norris said their respective organizations are studying the various housing alternatives and hope to advocate a housing plan to the Administration and CHUL in the near future.