themselves from his remarks, and administratorscautioned that his views did not reflect those ofother members of the Faculty.
But Landes and two other professors visited theFaculty Council twice with proposals to create anFAS committee to monitor central administrationfinances.
Their moves have garnered the support of otherprofessors and Knowles' recognition.
Because the Faculty did not have to vote on theissue, it is unclear how many professors identifywith Landes's concerns.
Yesterday one of the professors who accompaniedLandes to the Faculty Council supported him.
"We have the conditions for a constitutionalcrisis in the near future," Professor of Englishand Comparative Literature James Engell told theassembled professors. "I do worry for the futureof [Harvard] if we do not take steps."
Landes' original proposal for the FAS Committeeon Resources was confrontational, according to oneFaculty Council member, but the council engineereda compromise.
McKay Professor of Applied Mathematics AnthonyG. Oettinger yesterday spoke about the need forcooperation between professors and the centraladministration.
Although Oettinger said he did not want toassociate himself with the "general tenor" ofLandes's' remarks, he said professors shouldpartly blame themselves for the current situation.
Professors had too many administrativeresponsibilities two decades ago, Oettinger said,and should be grateful that the centraladministration exists to deal with these matters.
He agreed with Landes that Rudenstine--not hissubordinates--should deal with matters of policy.
Rudenstine appeared to be listening carefullyto the professors' concerns, raising and furrowinghis eyebrows at times, and thanking them forspeaking.
The committee Knowles said he will create inthe next few weeks will be asked "to anticipate,recognize and understand matters of importance tothe Faculty and to the University early enough toallow considered and careful Faculty input tosignificant decisions," according to the proposedcharge drafted by the Faculty Council.
The dean said he hoped the new committee wouldimprove and ameliorate those tensions and wouldwork for the benefit of FAS and the University.
Landes said that decisions of policy need toresult from a cooperative effort of the variousfaculties with the president, the provost, thegoverning boards and the deans.
"They are there to help us, not to tell us,"Landes said. "The Faculty is not made up of fools.We have things to contribute."
The potential Committee on Resources will alsolikely be asked "to identify those issues,projects, proposals and trends that may affect theallocation of significant resources within the FASor between the central administration and theFAS."
Landes called the year-long controversysurrounding changes to fringe benefits, whichconsumed the bulk of the meeting, part of a largerpattern.
Landes again cited the Medical Area TotalEnergy Plant (MATEP) as an example of a centraladministration decision run amok. He said MATEPhas cost FAS $500 million.
Acknowledging that MATEP decision occurreddecades ago, Landes said he cites it because itdemonstrates a problem that still exists.
"This scenario has been reproduced on a smallerscale many times," Landes said. "The currentarrangements invite trouble."
Landes introduced two new issues at yesterday'smeeting.
"There are two parts of the centraladministration which I'm told would be mostunhappy that we might want to know more about howthings work," he said.
He cited the build-up of an internal legalapparatus--instead of outside, independent legalcounsel--as a problem.
"The function [of legal counsel] has changedfrom advice to governance," he said. "The giversof counsel have turned into givers of law."
In addition, he criticized the creation of anextensive public relations department.
"In the past, Harvard officials spoke out ascalled for," Landes said. "Now the masters of spinwant to create work for themselves."
"When Harvard officials pretend to speak forHarvard they are also speaking for us, and theyare spending our money," he said.
Landes said the committee represents a goodfirst step towards giving FAS a voice in thecentral administration's large decisions.
"I think that's going to make a great deal ofdifference," Landes said. "It will keep usinformed and keep the central administration onits toes.