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WEDNESDAY, Oct. 3 The House of Representatives dealt the death blow to the disclaimer affidavit required for National Defense Education Act lonce the measure now goes to the White House, and President Kennedy's signature should be forthcoming. The repeal of the affidavit climaxes a long and unrelenting fight by Harvard and President Pusey to uphold the principle of academic freedom in the face of economic need.
Willy Brandt, Governing Mayor of Berlin, called for a universal "club" of all nations who are anxious to advance world trade and raise world standards of living, in his second lecture at Harvard. Brandt also urged the admission of other countries, especially England, to the Common Market, and recommended expansion of the European Economic Community "to the limit of present day possibilities." He predicted that the forces of economic well-being set in motion by such a club might "compell the Communists to accommodate themselves to an entirely new meaning of co-existence."
THURSDAY, Oct. 4 -- President Pusey, speaking in Chicago before the American Council on Education, called for a more considerable middle ground between the present "largely mission - oriented federal programs on the one hand and an unwanted and dangerous program of general federal support for higher education on the other." Pusey made public for the first time the results of the Carnegie study of the "new, complicated, imperfect, but incalculably significant and promising relation" between the federal government and universities. Pusey was chairman of a special advisory committee of university presidents which guided the Carnegie study staff. The report combines separate self-evaluations of 26 colleges.
SATURDAY, Oct. 6 - The varsity football squad lost a heartbreaker to the Big Red Cornell team, 14 to 12, in its Ivy debut, and with the loss probably went its chances for the League crown.
Three times Cornell had first downs inside the Harvard five, and three times the Crimson wall went up on the goal line. The Big Red tried to plow through the middle, but each time the young varsity line held fast. Twice the Ithacans had to give up right on the goal line, and the third time Cornell was thrown back to the five for a four-yard loss.
Then with only a minute and a half showing, the Crimson took the ball from their own 33 to Cornell's 25. The clock showed two seconds remaining, and the varsity tried for a field goal and a 15-14 win. Fred Bard's kick went off beautifully but missed by six inches.
The soccer squad avenged the gridiron loss with a 4-2 victory over Cornell. Nigerian center forward Chris Ohiri boosed all four tallies.
MONDAY, Oct. 8 - Thomas D. Bolles, director of Athletics since 1951, resigned "for personal reasons." Bolles won recognition first as a rowing coach at the University of Washington and later as a leader in amateur athletics at Harvard.
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