The Lessons Of the Sit-In At Penn

THE NEGOTIATED END to the four-day sit-in by more than 600 students at the University of Pennsylvania marks a step in the right direction towards increasing administrative recognition of student opinion. The Pennsylvania administration's agreement to establish numerous programs to involve students more directly in the administrative decision-making process is an extremely welcome outcome of the more than 87 hours of negotiations. However, the problem of administrative disregard for student opinion is not limited to the Philadelphia campus.

At Harvard, the Faculty Council's attempts to integrate student opinion into discussions of the proposed Core Curriculum have thus far proven unsuccessful. While publicly encouraging students to work through existing student-faculty committees such as the Committee on Undergraduate Education, the Faculty Council has also rejected the concept of direct student representation on the Core Committees, which will devise the actual courses for the new curriculum.

Although such direct representation would be a far more substantial involvement for Harvard students, the indirect committee route which now exists is the only means for the expression of student opinion on the Core issue. The Pennsylvania sit-in demonstrates once again that an organized student voice can be effective. If the student opinion at Harvard is to be heard on an issue as vital to this University as the Core proposal, the students need to make greater use of the existing options for expressing their opinions.

At Pennsylvania, the administration listened. The Faculty Council says it wants to listen--and it is up to us to give the Council a chance to make good on its claim.

The Crimson is pleased to announce the election of the following: To the News Board: Raymond C. Bertolino '80 of Eliot House and Nassau, N.Y.; Justina K. Carlson '81 of Wigglesworth Hall and Wellfleet, Ma.; Susan C. Faludi '81 of Stoughton Hall and New York, N.Y.; Joan Feigenbaum '80-1 of Canaday Hall and Valley Stream, N.Y.; J. Christopher Flowers '79 of Adams House and Wayland, Ma.; William M. Ginsberg '78-3 of Quincy House and Oshkosh, Wisc.; Joshua I. Goldhaber '80 of Quincy House and Newton, Ma.; Dewitt C. Jones IV '79 of Eliot House and Falmouth, Ma.; Harry P. Litman '80 of Lowell House and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Matthew H. Lynch '79 of Lowell House and Adamant, Vt.; Jeffrey L. Saver '81 of Mower Hall and Scarsdale, N.Y.; Kevin B. Shaw '79 of Leverett House and Sylvania, Ohio; Michael E. Silver '80 of Dunster House and Scarsdale, N.Y.; Marin J. Strmecki '81 of Thayer Hall and Madison, Wisc.; and Nancy A. Tentindo '81 of Canaday Hall and Revere, Ma.


To the Photographic Board: Christopher J.P. Damm '80 of Lowell House and Mineola, N.Y.; Michael F. Faught '79 of Kirkland House and Pittsburgh, Pa.; Rachel R. Gaffney '79 of Dudley House and Pittsburgh, Pa.; John Lear '81 of Weld Hall and Hollister, Mo.; John K. MacLeod '79 of Kirkland House and San Marino, Calif.; and John E. Steere of Leverett House and North Plainfield, N.J.