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In special session yesterday afternoon, the Student Council voted to recommend postponement of tonight's HYRC election. Club President Donald P. Hodel '57 said last night that Planning Committee approval would be needed for postponement and that he was not going to call a meeting of that committee before the election.
The Council voted to delay the election because of the late release of the HYRC Special Committee Report yesterday. The Council thought that it would be in the best interests of the Club, of members, Administration, and Council if the election were postponed. The Council will not be able to see the testimony of the hearings until next Monday. As Treasurer George Smith said, "We feel that the only way they can act responsibly is to delay the election."
Included in the resolution passed by the Council were clauses stating that the HYRC was now acting with "procedural responsibility," working within the organization. Hence, the Council withdrew the temporary suspension of the HYRC charter imposed a week ago Monday, when the Council deemed Club action irresponsible.
The Special Committee released its report yesterday. The report largely absolved the Stalker faction of the charges that had been presented in the hearings.
The Committee thought the books in order, but said the membership roll included 242 more names than the total included on the role in Dean Watson's office. The Committee, not one of whom had a Harvard College background, felt that the predisposition "to prevent a presumption of innocence on behalf of any accused HYRC member" hampered their investigation.
The Committee proclaimed Denis Barber's charge invalid, the Tufts charge a joke, the Moscowitz charge untrue and harmful, the Pinkus charge insufficiently identified, and the McCaull charge untrue and reflecting badly on the Smith supporters.
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