The new calendar came up again in February, and the Faculty Council gave it the kid-glove treatment, remembering last year's debacle. Armed with the report of a special committee that had been studying calendar change and with a series of new arguments, the council looked for a while as if it would once again give calendar change its seal of approval.
The big difference in the issue this year was the energy crisis: with a first semester ending before Christmas, the University could shut down for the entire month of January and, the reasoning went, save enormous amounts of fuel. But someone eventually pointed out that Harvard's fuel allotments are on a monthly basis, so that saving the entire January allotment would not help the February situation at all. The argument fell apart, and the council killed the calendar change permanently--apparently, unless someone comes forth with a compelling new reason for it.