Students of the College are swinging their weight behind the infant National Student Association, unofficial and incomplete returns of the first day of balloting revealed late last night.
The score, based on voting in three Houses and Dudley, is 361 for affiliation, 261 against. The CRIMSON made the unofficial tally.
Voting, supervised by the Student Council and carried out by House Committees, was confused in some places, it was reported. The Union ran out of ballots, and Leverett and Eliot Houses did not distribute the poll.
Balloting continues today.
Simultaneously, Dean Bender, speaking "not as an official, but as an educator," declared himself personally in favor of N.S.A. "It's an interesting and promising organization," he stated, "and personally, I would like very much to see Harvard students swing behind it."
Pointing out that the organization has "laid an excellent foundation," he said that the great danger to it is lack of interest among students. Neither the Corporation nor the University has yet taken any stand on N.S.A.
In the unofficial CRIMSON tabulation, Lowell House men stood 152 for, and 52 against College affiliation, while Kirkland registered an affirmative vote of 170 and a negative tally of 53. Winthrop affirmed affiliation, 426 to 134, and Dudley followed suit, 113 to 22. Returns of other Houses were not available last night.
Protests were registered by some voters over what was termed a "onesided" ballot.