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Delmar Leighton '19, Master of Dudley House, suggested yesterday that Dudley take over Claverly Hall when its present facilities are demolished to make way for the second half of the Holyoke Center.
The final decision on the fate of Dudley rests with President Pusey. But the CRIMSON has learned that demolition of Dudley's present facilities on Dunster St. will not start before June, 1964.
Leighton claimed that the ground floor of Claverly could be "converted into a dining hall and Junior Common Room," and that Claverly Senior House could be used both for a library and extra tutorial offices.
According to the proposal, Apley Court would continue to house Dudley's administrative offices, and the upper floors of Claverly would provide special residential facilities for local students who do not want to live at the College for all four years.
In stressing that he considers the Claverly proposal only "a temporary solution," Leighton warned that "the residential principle of collegiate life must not dominate Harvard to the exclusion of the commuters."
"The University has sold the world a bill of goods on the collegiate way of life," Leighton said, "which is completely tied up with the bed that the student occupies."
Leighton affirmed that he is "enthusiastic about the House plan," but warned that "the Houses are not so important that they should dominate the College to the exclusion of those who cannot afford them."
Claverly Must Suffice
"The Claverly solution will have to suffice," Leighton said, "until the values of maintaining the non-residential student are recognized in the community."
He indicated that proposals to move Dudley House to Lehman Hall or to construct a new building on the motorcycle parking lot across from Quincy House are both basically unsatisfactory because "there is not enough room for a permanent structure."
Leighton said that a large area "like part of the site of the present MTA Yards" would be ideal for Dudley. But he stressed that Claverly must serve as an interim solution and "the College must lose its fear of limiting itself to the resources of beds" before any major construction is possible.
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