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Council Acts Upon Merger Study Today


The Student Council will hold a special meeting tonight to discuss a recently completed report on problems involved in a merger of Harvard and Radcliffe undergraduae organizations.

The Radcliffe Student Government Association will also consider the issue in its meeting this afternoon.

Drawn up by a joint committee headed head by Richard P. Zimon '58 and Lynn V. Moorehead '58, the report deals with three case studies of organizations which have requested a merger: the Harvard and the Radcliffe U. N. councils, the two Music clubs, and the Harvard Dramatic Club. Other clubs will be considered when they submit petitions for merging.

After receiving constitutions and petitions for mergers with their Radcliffe counterparts, the Committee extended its support to the Harvard Music and U.N. clubs. The HDC voted last Monday to submit a petition, but has not yet done so.

The main problem, however, is one of control of the merged organizations, according to Zimon. The Radcliffe S. G. A. has held in the past more jurisdiction over Annex clubs than the Student Council holds over Harvard groups. Zimon stated that Radcliffe "must decide whether it is willing to relinquish some of its present control in the case of merged organizations."

The committee also reported that it would be advisable for organizations desiring joint membership to change their names to "Harvard-Radcliffe----." Under certain circumstances this condition could be waived as was suggested in the HDC case study.

"The emphasis will be for merging on a voluntary and individual basis," Larry R. Johnson '58, president of Student Council, said. "Plans seem almost complete."

Sue Olsen '58, president of the Radcliffe SGA, was more reserved. "There are a great many groups involved," she commented. "The Radcliffe SGA is acting as fast as possible on the problem.

Tomorrow, the Faculty Committee on Student Activities will discuss the report, but will not take decisive action unless both student councils vote affirmatively.

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