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The HAA ticket office and a possible change in University room rent standards were the important topics of discussion in an HCUA meeting held last night.
Delivering what was termed an "unemotional settlement" to the HAA ticket controversy, S. Andrew Schaffer '63, chairman of the Sub-Committee on Athletics, claimed that "half of the battle was definition or getting down in black and white exactly what tickets students were getting." The committee report diagrammed in detail the number and placement of tickets now available to students.
Schaffer explained that, more than anything else, the purpose of the report was to guarantee undergraduates a specific number of seats in preferred spectators areas and to insure that students who were first in line were given the best tickets.
To give the undergraduate "a better deal," the location of seats for University students will be improved relative to those of students representing visiting teams. Schaffer revealed that "Harvard has been far nicer to other schools than they have been to us." He suggested that it was time the University gave these schools the same treatment that it was receiving on away game seating arrangements.
The HCUA sub-committee also asked the HAA to limit the number of purchases available to members of the competing Crimson teams. Scarcity of hockey tickets this season, according to Schaffer, was traced in part to hockey team members who purchased as many as 15 tickets each for some games (especially the E.C.A.C. Army contest).
Schaffer indicated that the new seating plan had received the "tentative approval" of Frank O. Lunden, HAA ticket manager, on Thursday.
Earlier in the meeting, William G. Collins, Jr. '63 called for a re evaluation of room rents and condemned the "gross inefficiencies" in the House system's program, especially in the building and grounds department. After admitting that it was impossible to arrive at a completely satisfactory settlement on room rents, Collins contended that "an investigation could still get rid of the worst inequities."
Council discussion of Collins' preliminary committee report led to the motion that a sample survey be conducted in one of the Houses. Dunster and Quincy will probably be used for the project.
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