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Dudley House May Limit Lunch Crowd at Lehman


Cliffies lunching at Lehman Hall may soon find that many of their male counterparts no longer eat there.

Dudley House members meeting yesterday with Master Thomas E. Crooks '49 proposed that Harvard interhouse at Lehman Hall be ended and that graduate students no longer be allowed to use the lunch facilities between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition, it was proposed that a checker be hired to enforce these rules. No changes were suggested in Radcliffe interhouse quotas.

Crooks said that no final decision would be made until he had consulted with the other house masters and University officials.

The meeting was called by an ad hoc committee of Dudley House members to investigate methods of relieving what they termed "overcrowding" of Lehman Hall at lunchtimes.


A study conducted last week by the committee found that less than ten per cent of the students eating in Lehman Hall are actually members of Duedly House. The dining hall, designed to hold 200 people at one time, handles an average of 900 people per day during the lunch hours, the study showed.

Crooks said that students paying for their lunches were largely responsible for the overcrowding. "This poor building and this poor House cannot carry the burdens of these problems," he said.

Lehman Hall was originally designed to serve Dudley House members with additional facilities and privileges provided for extension students and Cliffies. At present, no restrictions on the uses of the facilities are enforced.

Dudley Responsibility

Crooks said that although many non-Dudley members use the dining hall only Dudley House has any responsibility for it. Dudley House members pay $150 each as an off-campus fee, part of which goes for the maintenance of Lehman Hall.

One dissatisfied Dudley member saw the existing exclusion of dogs at Lehman as a precedent. "There isn't much difference between people and dogs as a health hazard," he said.

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