Two hundred Harvard students staged an angry rally yesterday to protest the dismissal of several popular young instructors.
The instructors were asked to leave the University for failing to meet departmental requirements of scholarly publication.
The University refused all comment, claiming that Pusey was tied up in negotiations for purchase of the Boston Red Sox and could not be disturbed.
The controversy swirls around four teachers in the History of Religions Department who have published little.
One, an assistant professor, taught a popular course in early Christianity, but wrote nothing. On mild days, he habitually shepherded his class to a small mountain for his lecture.
Departmental officials charged that the lectures were given in an unscholarly manner and amounted to little more than sermonizing. The Faculty was also concerned about the professor's dubious parentage.
When questioned, the professor said only, "They know not what they do."
Another instructor, a bearded expert in Jewish theology, has composed only ten sentences while at the University. Even these, the department charges, were written by someone else. The instructor had been passed over for promotion several times.
The Faculty also dismissed one of the department's more prolific members, whose work includes 95 theses. The department had complained that nailing the theses to the instructor's office door did not constitute an acceptable mode of scholarly publication.
The final case in the Religions Department involves an instructor in oriental studies who spent much of his time sitting under a tree with his feet crossed, contemplating Holyoke Center.
"I have no desire for promotion. In fact, I have no desire," students quoted him as saying. His department charged "lack of initiative."
The controversy threatens to widen when the Faculty takes up other cases next week. In some instances, failure to publish is coupled with other criticisms.
Also in Jeopardy
An instructor in the Classics Department, for example, well known for his course in the history of the Trojan War, has been charged with "lack of vision."
The most scandalous case, however, involves an instructor in Greek philosophy. He is accused of copying all his published works, word for word, from casual comments made by a senior professor at cocktail parties.
This instructor is also suspected of being a monarchist. He allegedly planned an abortive coup in which members of the Philosophy Department sought to rule the University. Some students also hint that he invited the very youngest boys in his section to "wild parties."
One instructor of medieval theology however, has been jumped to full professor. He recently completed a treatise of some 50 volumes on matters of the highest theological value. No senior Faculty member has yet read the work, but all are greatly impressed by its table of contents and the cute review it received in the CRIMSON.