Unless the University is willing to "spend more money, and spend it in time" the married veterans who are now without rooms will remain homeless for the fall term. This is the claim of Edwin M. Davidson '45 1G and Russell I. Hare '44 in the April issue of the Student Progressive, Liberal Union publication.
Davidson and Hare point out that all the action taken so far so house veterans and their wives have been relatively ineffectual, especially when compared with the steps taken by M.I.T. to solve its housing problems Whereas Tech has already constructed a large number of low-cost, durable bungalows, the University has so far only begun to set up 33 housing units, which have been allotted from a surplus declared by Congress, with room for about 200 families. These units were given a four-year life-expectancy by the workmen setting them up.
They claim, moreover, that production is being delayed by great difficulties in securing plumbing and wiring, as well as by the considerable amount of landscaping necessary. The units themselves will be of only mediocre calibre, inferior rock-wool is to serve as insulation, and plasterboard as wall-paneling.
To Davidson and Hare it is the University's "feeling that the married student is a temporary, if necessary evil" and its unwillingness to "lose money en temporary housing" that account for the "totally inadequate job up to now. "If M.I.T. can build new houses, why can't Harvard?" they ask.