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In what the club's president called "an amusingly engineered coup," the Harvard-Radcliffe Committee to Study Disarmament was replaced last night by a Council Against Appeasement. Among the officers of the new group are the vice-President and secretary of the Harvard Young Republican Club.
An immediate reaction to the reorganization came from Student Council member Tim Zagat '61, who said, "It's about time somebody investigated what the HYRC has done to the Socialist Club and the Committee to Study Disarmament." He predicted that a Council investigation of the Young Republicans would begin when the HYRC came to the Council Monday to ask a suspension of the charter of the Harvard Eisenhower Young Republican Club.
Last night's "coup" was staged when study group president Dennis L. White '60 arranged to have a dozen new members admitted to full voting status. After declaring all absent study group members inactive, the new majority passed a resolution declaring that "on the basis of (Professor Henry A.) Kissinger's (Oct. 2) speech we of the Committee to Study Disarmament are resolved that disarmament should be condemned as an impractical idealistic impossibility."
Besides White, the officers of the new Council are Frederic P. Claussen '59, vice-President, and Arthur I. Reade '59, secretary-treasurer.
Zagat commented, in proposing the Council inquiry, that "If people cannot discuss ideas at Harvard and if they are to be controlled by politically minded individuals, it would be a very unhappy situation for Harvard."
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