This section of the pre-registration issue has been designed to answer a few of the questions you may have about Harvard. While you may already know the answer to some of these, and may not care about the answers to others, but all your classmates will be impressed at the freshman picnic, if you can get a few of these under your belt. We guarantee it. Really.
1. Who is President of Harvard?
You may have read his name in The New York Times or the Boston Globe this past year, amidst the flood of publicity that Harvard has been receiving. He is the one and only Derek Bok--a former dean of the Harvard Law School, and a graduate of that school and Stanford College. Now, according to a recent murder/mystery novel, President Bok will soon join the Supreme Court, thus leaving his position to President Cheever. This may be fiction, but Bok has hinted in the past that he may spend less that ten years as President. He took over the job in 1971--you figure it out.
2. What is Radcliffe and who is the President?
Radcliffe College for a long time existed up at a place now known as "The Quad." However, in late 1972, the women moved down and became "integrated" into the Harvard undergraduate system. This took shape mainly with regard to co-residential housing--women have attended classes at Harvard since World War Two. Last year Radcliffe signed an agreement with Harvard which put into writing some financial arrangements, and acknowledged that in fact, Harvard would take care of undergraduate education for women. Now, the President of Radcliffe, Matina Horner, is happy, she says, because her role has been more clearly defined. You will probably hear a lot about Radcliffe this fall as it begins to celebrate its 100th birthday. The Centennial Drive is expected to raise a lot of money, of course.
3. Who really runs the University?
The people you are most likely to come in contact with are the various deans affiliated with the college whose job it is to deal with students. Henry Moses, dean of freshmen, was a freshman himself last year, and has made a noticeable effort to keep his name in the newspaper by organizing activities like pajama parties, a freshman literary magazine and regular group therapy encounter sessions. Some may call it summer camp, but almost all agreed last year that Moses had made it a happy experience.
Henry Rosovsky (or "Roso," as he is more commonly known), is dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. He could have become president of Yale University or the University of Chicago last winter, but he didn't want to. Instead, Rosovsky worked on revamping Harvard's General Education program. (See story in this section.) Some say that Rosovsky would like to be the next president of Harvard--what other reasons would there be for turning down an offer like that from those nice colleges? P.S.: Rosovsky doesn't talk to anybody. . . .
John B. Fox Jr. '59 stands 6 ft., 4 in. tall, and is probably the only administrator who can take Professor Emeritus John Kenneth Galbraith (also 6-8) on, one-on-one. You won't have trouble noticing him as he ducks into his office in University Hall every morning to play dean of the College. Basically, Fox is responsible for picking up all the loose administrative ends of things that have to do with the College. He is chairman of the Administrative Board, which decides disciplinary cases, and uh, he helps Dean Rosovsky.
Archie C. Epps III, you will find, is dean of students. He actually talks to students, and last spring he was the only administrator who tried to get into University Hall when it was shut down during a South Africa demonstration. But afterwards, Epps came back and made a pass at answering questions about the University's position on divesting itself of its South African investments. Of course, there wasn't much to say about that.
And if you should ever have any questions concerning the Law, don't hesitate to call on Daniel Steiner '54, general counsel to the University. Bok brought Steiner with him when he became president in 1971, basically so he would have somebody who would tell him what he could and couldn't do. Right now, Steiner, the CIA and Bok are all very busy trying to figure out what to do about faculty members who pick up a few extra bucks "gathering information."
4. Moving on to bigger and better things: Who teaches at Harvard?
Yes, there actually is a faculty at Harvard. You read about them occasionally when they publish a new book. E. O. Wilson, Baird Professor of Science, stirred up a lot of controversy two years ago with his new book Sociobiology, which basically stated that ants and bees have feelings and altruistic instincts. That really threw everyone for a loop, and is still being disputed.
Bernard Bailyn, Winthrop Professor History, is trying to develop a new theory of American History. Right now he and his clones are throwing together some computer statistics on demographics, and discouraging people from majoring in American History. There are many Nobel Prize winners among us here at Harvard, including Kenneth Arrow, University Professor and recipient of the hallowed award in 1972 for his work in General Equilibrium and the Concept of Social Choice. Arrow, however, will be leaving Harvard next fall for the warmer and sunnier climate at Sanford.
Martin L. Kilson, Jr., professor of Government, is one of the more entertaining faculty around, and can often be found in places like the "Rendezvous," either reading or having a discussion with one of his students. Check him out sometime, even if you only stop in for a minute. Kilson does rant and rave a lot, but the man knows how to think.