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All was not well in University Hall yesterday at noon. Outside students gathered for the first demonstration of the year against the planned Project Cambridge. Inside, remembrance of things past kept most office doors closed and most University files discretely locked.
When protestors first marched into the building to present their statement to Dean Ford, the doors of Dean May's office slammed closed and secretaries left the back way.
Upstairs. Ford's secretary, an otherwise kindly old lady, rushed to lock her office door, her eyes glaring with indignation, and in the process nearly crushed one Crimson reporter, i.e. me, and one toddling whrbie, who whisked his tape recorder through the crack before the loor slammed shut.
In the Freshman seminar office, a wispish young secretary explained the paranoia. all the while toying with the keys that hung inserted in the lock of her desk.
"Really, they're turning this building into an armed fortress with locks on everything." Fidget. fidget. "There's nothing critical in here. but last time they just botched up the files so bad we had to spend weeks cleaning them up."
Downstairs, in the Freshman Dean's office, four secretaries puzzled over a desk wondering where to hide the freshman writing samples. The cabinet with the old course catalogues was apparently already locked.
The files protection racket obviously started after rifling of important files in University Hall last Spring. But over the summer, the proliferation of locks, keys, and security measures has spread all over the University.
New locks have been added to insignificant files in Dean May's office. Dean Von Stade has the best locks in the business, a set of tumblers on his new cabinets.
Henry Kissinger had his files moved to an army base from the Center for International Affairs last Spring during the strike.
Even in the University Health Services now "security measures" have made the Health Services the "most well-protected medical record in the country." according to Dr. Preston K. Munter, assistant director. A dubious distinction.
Aside from the Massachusetts law concerning confidential records. Munter explained. "I don't know about you, but I personally don't want to see my hemorroids. or whatever I might have. plastered all over the front page of the CRIMSON."
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