This summer at Harvard was much like previous summers: with the majority of the student body and many of the faculty members away, very little out of the ordinary happened. But once in a while, something would come around to break the routine. ***
The Summer School's six-year decline in enrollment ended in June, as more than 2000 students signed up for courses--a five- to six-per-cent increase over last summer. About 250 of the students entered under a new effort to attract high school students, which Summer School Director Michael Shinagel said fully accounted for the increase.
The Summer School plans to admit more talented high school students--located through test scores--next summer. And since any profits the Summer School makes go right back into the Faculty of Arts and Sciences' budget, it's hard to see how anyone here during the year could alter the suggestion that it's hard on these high school students, many of whom seem to believe a summer in the Yard is an automatic entree to the College.
In another successful effort to increase Summer School enrollment, the Summer School expanded its four-week, intensive courses, and attracted more than 600 students.
About 160 of these came to take courses in Ukranian studies; their tuition was paid by the Ukranian Studies Fund, a Harvard-affiliated organization that is phenomenally successful at raising money in the U.S. Ukranian community.
Magazine Directors Resign
The day after Commencement, six directors of Harvard Magazine resigned, charging that the University has tried to curtail their editorial integrity following a financial takeover by restructuring the editorial board. The University, which has supported the magazine through years of deficits, insists it should have a number of representatives on the board. However, University administrators claimed Harvard did not want full editorial control--just financial.
Harvard's Role in McCarthyism
Until this year, Harvard has been generally considered one of the few universities that refused to comply with the efforts of the late Senator Joseph R. McCarthy (R-Wis.) to rout Communists from institutions of higher learning. But this summer, the New York Review of Books followed the charges by Columbia sociologist Sigmund Diamond that Harvard fired him because he was a communist--which the magazine printed this spring--with similar charges by University of California sociologist Robert N. Bellah '48.
Bellah charged that then dean McGeorge Bundy and other Harvard administrators threatened to cut off his graduate student fellowship unless he confessed all political activity and cooperated with the FBI. Bundy responded in a subsequent issue of the New York Review, saying that he did not in fact ask Bellah to cooperate with the FBI.
Med Area Workers Vote Down Union
The Distributive Workers of America--commonly referred to as District 65--was temporarily halted in its three-year bid to organize workers at Harvard's Medical Area when the workers voted, 436-346, against the union this summer. Sixty-six ballots were contested, but would not have altered the election's outcome.
The vote came after a two-and-a-half year legal battle, during which Harvard fought the union's right to represent the workers. When the National Labor Relations Board found in favor of the union organizers, Harvard mounted a publicity campaign to persuade workers the union would not act in their interests. Apparently, Harvard was persuasive. But District 65 organizers said this summer they plan to try again in a year, when they are entitled to hold another election.
Police Contract Negotiations Dragged On and On and...
Negotiations between the Harvard Police Association and the University dragged on through the summer, as the two parties approached agreement and then backed off time after time.