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Honeywell's Recruiter Calls Off Interviews; Women Cancel Protest

By Marion E. Mccollom

Because lack of student interest has forced the Honeywell recruiter to cancel his visit to the Radcliffe Career Planning Office, the NAC-SDS women's demonstration scheduled for this morning has been called off.

The women had planned to march to the Radcliffe Yard and rally with male supporters against Honeywell's "imperialist and male chauvinist" policies.

"We see this cancellation as a victory of sorts," Deborah E. Bell 71, member of NAC, said last night. She said that NAC and SDS plan a demonstration including men against a recruiter from the Institute of Defense Analysis next Wednesday at Pierce Hall. "These rallies are part of the on-going Spring campaign against imperialism," she said.

Altough five Radcliffe students had originally signed to meet with the recruiter, three canceled their appointments this week. "One girl had a schedule conflict, another had a very promising interview today and felt that she was no longer interested in Honeywell, and the third canceled as a matter of conscience," Mary D. Albro. director of the Career Planning Office said last night.

"The recruiter thought it wasn't worth the time involved to come and see two people." she said.

She added that the recruiter's cancellation was not unusual. "We suggest to all recruiters that they call the day before their visits to check on the number of people signed." she said. "This year we've had a lot of cancellations because students don't seem to be interested in any specific corporations."

No Interest

She said that she felt that Honeywell was not male chauvinist in its interviewing policy as an NAC leaflet advertising the demonstration had implied. "The recruiters did not offer interviews for its management training program at Radcliffe this Spring because there was no interest in the program this Fall. Two peo-ple from Honeywell asked to recruit here, but it seemed unwise because of the lack of interest."

The leaflet charged that "Hoheywell's recruiting reflects hiring and wage-level discrimination against women" because interviews for the management training program had been offered at Harvard, while computer programming interviews had been offered at Radeliffe.

However. Miss Albro said that all interviews at the Harvard OC and CP were open to Radeliffe women. "To encourage Radcliffe students to go to Harvard because I think employers ought to see men and women in the same schedule," she said. "They should know that we have equally qualified men and women for jobs."

She said that the Radcliffe Career Planning Office would not deny any company the right to interview Radcliffe students. "We have an open recruiting policy," she said. "We feel that students themselves should make the decision whether or not to see a recruiter from a company. Our assessment of the companies is on the basis of interest in the Radcliffe community, not on any of their products."

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