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Maids are probably serving their last year at the University. Vice-President Reynolds said yesterday that there is a "grave possibility" that an expected rise in wage demands will force abandonment of the service to avoid increased room rents.
No definite steps have been taken to disrupt the present service, but Reynolds said the University is now considering substitute programs for possible use beginning next September.
Reynolds is now devoting special attention to the system currently in an experimental basis at M.I.T., where needy Tech students can earn their room rent by assuming the duties performed at Harvard by maids.
Daniel G. Mulvihill, president of the University's Employees' Representative Association, said last night that there would be no comment, from the union until the matter had been more fully in vestigated. Mulvihill added that this statement would not be made for another three or four days.
Under the change that would effect both the College and the graduate schools, probably two needy students would perform similar duties presently done by one maid.
A survey of the effectiveness of the student porter plan at M.I.T. appears on page two.
The big difference in service would be that though student porters would clean the rooms daily, beds would be made by the occupants of the room except on days of line change.
Reynolds pointed out that this would be an effort by the University to aid more students through college employment. "We would be spending the money where it would do the most good," Reynolds said.
Harvard is one of the few colleges still retaining a maid service for its students.
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