In the 1940s, Harvard Had Waiters (and About the Same Number of Students)

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1946 Crimson

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

September 23, 1940: Council Asks Trial of Student Waiting

The following is a summary of the Student Council Report on Student Waiting prepared by a committee of eight undergraduates and adopted by the Student Council last June.

In its previous report the Student Council Committee on Board expressed the opinions that the members of the Houses are not receiving, a fair return for the present board charges and that better meals could be served at lower prices. Since it became clear during the course of this investigation that board rates might possibly be lowered by the partial substitution of students for waitresses, the Committees is issuing this supplementary report on student waiting. Nevertheless, it wishes to emphasize its belief that the question of student waiting is subordinate in importance to the remedying of the dining-hall inefficiency and waste pointed to by evidence in the first report.

The issues involved in student waiting are three-fold:

1. What effect would it have on board rates?

2. What are the arguments for an against it aside from this effect?

3. What is the altitude of House Masters and undergraduates toward student waiting?

September 23, 1946: Enrollment Reaches All-Time High

Today's expected total of 2,600 returning undergraduates will swell College enrollment figures to over 5,200, Registrar Sargent Kennedy '28 announced last night as he anxiously reviewed plans for accommodating the largest group of students in Harvard history.

Although the College population will materialize into a community well under last spring's predicted horde of some 5,500, the first meeting of classes on Wdnesday will still find many students harried by coming worries with a respectable handful sleeping, barracks style, in the Indoor Athletic Building.

Total University population is expected to crystallize at around 12,000 with the Law and Business Schools making up the bulk of the Graduate population.

Setember 26, 1966: Tradition Is Broken As Jews Hold High Holy Day Services in Mem Church

The University has quietly reversed a long-standing tradition by permitting Jewish High Holy Days services to be held in Memorial Church. The blowing of the ram's horn at sundown Saturday ended the first non-Christian service open to the public in Mem Church's 35-year history.

The decision to permit the services was made this summer by the Rev. Charles Price, Preacher to the University after Rabbi Ben-Zion Gold of Hillel House told him that it was difficult to find a hall large enough to house the Reform services, one of three sets of services held for the Holy Days. Price said yesterday that he discussed the matter with President Pusey, but that the decision was his own. The question was not discussed at all by the Corporation, Sargent Kennedy, secretary to the Corporation, said last night.