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Kirkland House Plans To Canvass for $800

Hopes to Raise Total of $1200 for Hungarian Immigrant's Room and Board at College

By Frederick W. Byron jr.

Kirkland House has made final plans for raising money to bring a Hungarian Freedom-Fighter to live in the House, Charles H. Taylor, Master of Kirkland House, revealed yesterday.

The entire student population of the House will be canvassed during the next three days, with a total of $800 as a goal. The faculty members of the Senior Common Room have already pledged $400 to yield an expected total of $1200.

Taylor also said that the Hungarian student would not come to the University until next fall. There had been some thought that the House might be able to find a suitable candidate to enter at the beginning of this spring term, but this hope had to be abandoned because of language difficulties which the foreign student would need to overcome.

The $1200 raised in the next three days will pay for the student's room, board, and expenses, and it is expected that the College will be able to provide the remainder of the necessary funds through some sort of scholarship aid. The granting of this aid would appear to be certain, if a student of reasonably high scholastic standing is found.

In an effort to determine the type of student interested in coming to Harvard next fall, Carl Kaysen, associate professor of Economics, and Louis Lefeber, instructor in Economics, traveled to New York City last week to interview some of the Hungarian refugees in that area.

Two Types of Student

Zbigniew K. Brzezinski, assistant professor of Government and a third member of the selection board board along with Kaysen and Lefeber, spoke last night before the members of Kirkland House to explain the two types of student which the committee found.

The first was one who had done well in his studies at the Gymnasium, but who, because of his political character, was refused admission to a university by the government. This student was forced to go to work at manual labor, and when the revolts against the Communist regime started, he left his job to join the fight.

The second was one who, although admitted to the university, was not satisfied with a system which made him leave his chosen field and study a subject more in keeping with the country's "Five-Year Plan" needs. He left his studies to join the battle for freedom.

Most of the students, Brzezinski explained, were in one of the scientific fields, but he was certain that since most of the bright students were "eager to learn", they would be able to handle the Humanities and Social Sciences at Harvard once they had finished their intensive training in English.

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