Predictions, 1977: Standing With Pat



President Bok refuses to accept the resignation of Senator-elect Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D.-N.Y.), may-be professor of Government. In a statement to the press, Bok says, "I think Pat's shown he can handle more than one job, and his continuing first-hand experience in the workings of the national government is a real addition to the Harvard faculty."

Responding to a question from Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr. '53, chairman of the Government Department, Bok maintains Moynihan will have no trouble making his classes. "And besides, we got him a discount commuter ticket on the shuttle," Bok adds.

Breaking a six-year student boycott, three freshmen take seats on the Committee on Rights and Responsibilities and join in a unanimous vote changing the panel's name to the Harvard Un-American Activities Committee.

Archie C. Epps III, dean of students, withdraws his ban on search and seizure of the refrigerators missing from Harvard Student Agencies' (HSA) stockpile. Fourteen of the missing iceboxes are discovered in the lobby of Carpenter Center, posing as modern art. Stephen E. Pollack '77, HSA president, says, "I know nothing about art, but if he says they're refrigerators, then I guess they are."


In a move spurred by the spontaneous and unexplained disintegration of student I.D. cards, Harvard libraries begin loaning books to bearers of old college I.D. cards, Social Security cards, draft cards, Master Charge cards, MBTA cards, and the Queen of Spades.

Two weeks later, Widener officials suspend the policy, announce that 5 million books in the library's collection are overdue, and decide to remove the remaining volumes to C-11 Wigglesworth.


Officials at the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta, Ga., reveal that the swine flu vaccination is suspected of causing the common cold. But Dr. Warren E.C. Wacker, director of the University Health Services, stands by his plan to go ahead with the third phase of UHS's innoculation plan. Referring to UHS's unused vaccine supplies, Wacker declares, "We've got to use it up somehow."

President Bok names Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, bi-weekly professor of Government, to serve as chairman of the Government Department on the third Tuesday of every other month. Moynihan's partner, Harvey Mansfield, announces that he is "very happy" to have a partner in the crusade against grade inflation.

Anticipating completion of the Soldiers Field athletic complex, Harvard sells the Indoor Athletic Building to the Fly Club for $1. In response to student discontent over the sale, Dean Epps adopts a policy allowing non-Fly Club members to use the IAB after depositing $500,000 in escrow.


In response to criticism of the University's "support" of Afro-American studies, President Bok and Dean Rosovsky replace the current chairman of the Afro-American Studies Department, Eileen Southern, with Martin Kilson, professor of Government. In another move to, in Bok's words, "prove what we really feel about the Afro Department," Harvard moves the DuBois Institute from Canaday Hall to C-12 Wigglesworth. "We feel the Institute will benefit from its proximity to Widener," Rosovsky tells a news conference.

A Harvard Law School Forum speech by Martin Bormann, Nazi war criminal, draws 95 per cent of the students at the Law School. Outside Sanders Theater, where the speech is held, a protest rally draws 11 demonstrators, including nine Crimson editors.

President Bok names Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan, Gov. Department honcho, to replace Hale Champion, the outgoing financial vice president. Gov. Chairman Mansfield explains that Moynihan's experience fighting grade inflation at Harvard makes him the best candidate for the fiscal post.