Dean Proposes Probationary Term For Student Group

Organization Must Accept Guidelines

Dean of the College L. Fred Jewett '57 has agreed to grant Harvard Christians in Action (HCIA) recognition as a student group, pending the group's acceptance of College policies regarding religious student organizations.

Jewett said he will meet with the group's 10 members as soon as possible to make sure they all understand that they cannot proselytize on campus and must remain autonomous from the Boston Church of Christ (BCC).

"If the members are willing to live up to those regulations, then I will give them probationary recognition for the semester," Jewett said in an interview yesterday.

Group founder Michael J. Hrnicek '96 has insisted that the purpose of HCIA is to conduct Bible study sessions. He has fervently maintained that his group is not in any way affiliated with the BCC and its aggressive missionary tactics.

Hrnicek said yesterday that if the 10 students meet with the dean, the members will likely agree to Jewett's stipulations. But Hrnicek added that he will continue to proselytize outside the group's bounds.

Only three of the HCIA students are members of the BCC, according to Hrnicek.

College administrators, most prominently Dean of Student Archie C. Epps III, have questioned HCIA's autonomy from the BCC and have accused the group of proselytizing and harassing students on campus.

Yesterday, Epps said he worries monthly to a bi-weekly in the fall of 1992 wasmany thousands of dollars, but Pidot and Hopkedisputed that, saying there was "no way" that itwas that much.

Pidot said The Salient currently has a Positivecash balance in the bank and a net worth of$1,800.

"That statement shows where he's coming from[with these accusations]," Pidot said.

"Before I handed the books back to the Salient,I had the evidence to prove it... we've beenburning money," Frisbie said when told of Pidot'scomment.

Frisbie said that The Salient may not survivethrough 1996 due to "the loss of discipline andthe financial problems and staff turnover," butPidot said that he would "do whatever it takes" tomake sure the paper comes out.

Pidot said he would personally fund the paperin conjunction with other donors and the Salient'sprimary institutional donor, the Madison Centerfor Educational Affairs, a Washington-basedconservative foundation.

Pidot said that the total cost of producing4,600 black and white issues is $600, color issuesis $700 and Commencement issues is about $1,000.

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