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Group of five to Give Report; Culver, Kennedy, Stephenson And Kessler Already Named


By unanimous decision last night the Student Council voted to investigate and report on the "athletic situation at Harvard." A motion was introduced after much discussion which read as follows:

"Be it resolved that the student Council appoint a committee of council members and other undergraduates in the College to study the athletic situation at Harvard, paying particular attention to the development of intramural competition and methods of financing the program of the Athletic Association; that this committee submit a report to the Council which will be handed to President Conant and Athletic Association officials."

The resolution then went on to explain in a supplementary paragraph that "It is hoped than an expression of opinion by undergraduates may help to clarify the problems being faced by the Athletic Association. This report is inspired by the fact that Harvard's "Athletics for All' plan has been threatended in recent years by small total receipts and that funds for President Conant's "athletic endowment" plan have not yet been available. Further, it is the feeling of the Council that the growth of the House Plan has brought up a very perplexing problem, which has not yet been entirely solved, of the development of intramural athletics."

The committee which will report on the material above is composed of Perry J. Culver '37, Joseph P. Kennedy '38, Charles W. Kessler '37, Thomas W. Stephenson '37 and one other man yet to be chosen.

Passage of the resolution came after lengthy discussion. The matter was suggested at the last meeting before vacation and durisg the holidays George G. Hedblom '37, secretary of the Council, sent a letter to all members summarizing the reasons advanced at this meeting and asking consideration of these before the project was brought up for a final vote last night.

No immediate action will be taken probably since the tutorial investigation is still pending. The subject arose entirely within the Council and although if was felt that student opinion might be helpful to administration officials in determining future policy, the investigation future policy, the investigation was not officially inspired.

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