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The Harvard Student Council took its first action on a recently-passed move to remain in the National Students' Association when it heard a report last night on NSA activities by Daniel Itzig, past executive vice president of the association.
Itzig said that the NSA has been working with various governmental agencies and educational organizations to encourage consideration of student views and attitudes. Representatives have been attending various meetings to permit direct consultation, he said.
The organization is also working in international fields, Itzig continued. Every summer it sponsors student trips to Europe, and encourages European students to travel in this country. The latter program attempts to give foreign students a greater understanding of America, he said.
Itzig claimed "It's a shame that membership in the NSA hasn't worked out well for Harvard in the past few years." Previously, the school had played a large part in the organization, but now there is apathy in the student body, he concluded, and something ought to be done to encourage interest in the organization.
Charges NSA Neglect
Two Council members showed skepticism of the NSA in a questioning period following the report. Secretary Merom Brachman '58 doubted that the organization is a representative body, since it contains a majority of small colleges. Itzig replied that 57 new schools of all types had joined NSA this year.
Theodore F. Moskowitz '58 asked why Harvard has never heard from NSA in the past, even though there was a representative near the College. Itzig said that the Council should have sought out NSA if members thought the organization was neglecting them.
After the report, the Council considered a motion to hold its meetings bi-weekly, but defeated this action in favor of a resolution to end meetings at 10 p.m.
Next Monday the Council will debate revision of its election procedure and the choosing of NSA representatives.
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