Committee Vote Changes RUS Money Compromise

A Student Assembly committee voted last night to alter a compromise with the Radcliffe Union of Students (RUS) on the funding for a new Student Council proposed by the recently released Dowling Report.

RUS will decide tonight whether to approve the new compromise, but Elisabeth Einaudi '83, president of the group, said last night that she believes she "can push it through."

The assembly committee voted 11-2 to request that RUS take its share of the funds from the prospective Student Council's activities budget, rather than its operating budget, as originally agreed.

The committee asked for the change because the Student Council would not be able to function with the reduced operating budget, Kenneth J. Drexler '84, a member of the panel, said last night.

Under the Dowling Report recommendations, student government at Harvard would be centralized into a single Student Council, which would receive funds for operation and activities from a $10 surcharge added to the term bill of all students.


RUS had requested that it have the authority to demand $3.50 of the surcharge added to women's term bills if the Student Council did not respond to women's needs.

Last night's vote would only change the source of the funds RUS could request.

Andrew B. Herrmann '82, president of the assembly, said at the meeting last night that "under the circumstances, it is important to compromise so we can have a united front."

A committee formed by Archie C. Epps III, dean of students, to review the implementation of the Dowling Committee proposals will meet tonight to discuss the new compromise and plans for a student referendum on the report.

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