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Possible Alternative Is Smaller Portion


Board rates may be due for a hill next term, Walter Heaman, Manager of the Dining Halls, revealed yesterday Official word will come out in the middle of December, when the November food costs are tabulated.

Heaman said that rising food cost will force the University to either charge more for board or limit portions.

Edward Reynolds, Administrative vice President, added last night that the dining halls were operating "right on the ragged edge." He said that he had been trying to put off another board rate rise even since the $14 hike last spring.

Labor costs have gone up five percent so far this fall, Heaman said. In the Cost-of-Living Index issued by the government present food costs are tabulated at 210 as compared with last month's 208.1 an last year's 199.2. The index for November 1941 was 86.2.

"If students would cooperate by taking only what they'll eat and not wasting anything, we might be able to get be without higher board rates," Heaman concluded.

Figures which were made public two weeks ago revealed that for the last school year the Dining Halls went into the red by $76,000. The year before, the had made a profit of approximatel $15,000. At that time University official said that they would not begin to consider a price increase unless the September and October totals showed a serious loss.

At the beginning of the year official imposed a limit on the amount of milk and coffee that could be taken in the Graduate School Dining Halls.

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