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The Mail


To the Editors of the CRIMSON:

Last September I attended the first meeting of a Soc Rel 148 section. I went there primarily because I wanted an A. The question of grades was raised almost immediately. Described at best as reflections of Harvard's repressive system, we declared them unnecessary. We were here to learn by free communication and self-expression. The conversation fluctuated between A's and B's. In particular, we filled that first cozy hour with a series of emotional assertions to the effect that none of us gave a damn about grades anyway. Suddenly the instructor remembered something. To make the grade curve appear somewhat realistic we need a couple C's. How about a few volunteers? Unanimous silence at last.

Before condemning the alleged reasons which the CRIMSON assigns to Roger Brown's desire for abolishing Soc Rel 148 and 149, it might be interesting to examine the motivating factors behind the large enrollment which these course have enlisted. Bill Patten '69

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