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Radcliffe Students to Organize Newspaper on Women's Issues

By Erica G. Foldy

Approximately 25 Radcliffe students met last night at Agassiz House to organize a campus newspaper which will concentrate on women's issues at Harvard.

The newspaper will "attempt to bring women together and serve as a central focus for women's groups and all women on campus," Dena Groisser '77-3, said yesterday.

President Horner will fund the first issue of the newspaper, "assuming there is enough energy and expertise to start the paper," Barbara Norris '77 said yesterday. Horner was unavailable for comment last night.

The Radcliffe Union of Students, the Office of Women's Education and the Women's Center are possible funding sources for the second issue, Norris added.

The group intends to solicit advertisements, but it does not expect the paper to become self-supporting, Norris said.

The group hopes to publish twice this year and once a month next year. The women expect a circulation of about 2000 for the first issue. They plan to distribute the paper free to Radcliffe students and possibly to male undergraduates.

Radcliffe students will do all of the writing and editing. Women at the meeting discussed whether they should make a deliberate effort to attract a male audience.

The paper's first commitment should be to women, Norris said.

"A lot of things here have a male focus. It would be nice to have a focus on women," she added.

Betty Krier '78-3 said that the paper might lessen its impact by limiting its audience.

The group agreed that the paper should attempt to reach female faculty, employees and alumnae. They intend to supplement campus news with coverage of community and national events.

Features, etc.

The paper will include features, news, creative writing, book and show reviews and a calendar of women's events. The women hope to solicit articles from the public in addition to printing their own material.

"This is for all women and that's what is so exciting about it," Ellen Seidler '79 said yesterday. "It is important that women at Harvard know what other women are doing," she added.

"There isn't enough cohesiveness in the women's community, or enough communication between groups," Krier said yesterday.

Krier added that she saw "a need for another paper on campus with a different perspective."

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