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Radcliffe commuters and residents of the cooperatives can now eat lunch in the Dudley House dining hall.
Under an experimental plan announced yesterday by Delmar Leighton '19, Master of Dudley, about 170 girls may buy lunch in the Dudley cafeteria any day Monday through Friday until Christmas recess. At that time the Dudley House staff and the house committee will decide if the program should be made permanent.
'Cliffies Miss Lunch
Leighton said the plan is being tried because the long distance to Radcliffe forces many of the girls to miss lunch. There have also been complaints about the quality of the food offered by restaurents and cafeterias in the Square.
Both the Harvard and Radcliffe Administrations have approved the experiment.
During the trial period the Dudley dining hall will continue to serve residents of other Harvard houses. To accomodate the extra 'Cliffe diners the over-all number of non-Dudley members allowed at any meal will be raised from 50 to 70.
The girls, who do not have to be escorted by House members, will pay for their lunches out of $5 coupon book which they can purchase at the House. The coupon books will also be sold in the Radcliffe business office
A steady decline in the number of commuters has left Dudley House with the capacity to feed more non-members. Today 300 students are affiliated with Dudley compared to about 600 students in 1952.
Having women in the dining hall is nothing new for Dudley House, Leighton said, since the wives of married students have been eating lunch there with their husbands for many years.
Dudley House serves lunch from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. Its cafeteria does not open for breakfast and dinner. House members can eat dinner at the resident houses but must pay for it with coupons since no commuter can take out a regular meal contract.
Many residents of the Radcliffe dormatories have expressed interest in proposals for opening all Harvard House dining halls to them at lunchtime. The House masters discussed this possibility at their meeting last night but reached no decision on it.
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