To the Editors of the Crimson:
My temperament is such that I wring an advantage out of anything. The advantage I derive from your story about Amherst's decision on coeducation and what you attribute to me is that the accuracy of student reporting at Harvard is no higher than it is at Amherst.
What I said to your reporter who telephoned me, when asked about Harvard, was that I was too distant to be responsible to Harvard's particular situation, but that as a member of the Visiting Committee on Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges, I did sense the women at Radcliffe were uneasy about surrendering their own turf until they were assured that Harvard was ready to accept women into every aspect of the life of the College and the University.
Amherst is a small college and quite differently situated than Harvard. We plan to control the ratio between men and women during the first years of implementation, and are committed now to work toward a policy of admission without discrimination on the basis of sex. But that language does not lead, necessarily, as your language has it, to "a one-to-one admission policy."
President Bok has every right to be surprised that I would make a flat judgment about Harvard's policy. John William Ward President, Amherst College