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Despite pleas from Harvard Football Coach Joe Restic that Penn's controversial, last-second victory over the Crimson squad three weeks ago should be nullified, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) refused to change the 23-21 result this week.

Restic had protested because of a roughing-the-kicker penalty called on the last play, which gave Quaker kicker Dave Shulman a second shot at a 27-yd. field goal. When Shulman split the uprights, Penn had assured itself of a tie for the Ivy title.

ECAC officials called the penalty a "judgment call" and said Referee Robert Lynch was in the best position to make a decision, but did add that he made three "errors in technique" while judging the play.

Both Harvard and Penn finished with 7-3 records and tied for the Ivy title.

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Responding to charges by a 'Providence, R.I., city councilman that Harvard is squandering a scholarship fund for Rhode Island students here, a University official last week claimed that the councilman "doesn't know what he's talking about."

Although Councilman Thomas W. Pearlman has accused Harvard of mishandling scholarship money designated for students from his state, has called for a Council investigation, and has threatened a lawsuit against Harvard. University officials have denied all his charges.

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Following a two-month shutdown, the undamaged main gym of the leakplagued Quadrangle Recreational Athletic Center (Q-RAC) opened Wednesday to the joy of Quad residents who have been forced to hike to the Indoor Athletic Building for a workout or game.

Repairs to fix leaks in other parts of the three-year-old building will keep the Q-Rac's squash and racquetball courts closed through next semester, but the Universal Gym--previously located in the damaged exercise room--has been moved into the main gym so students can use it while the repairs continue.

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Two Harvard students from Canada last week won the Rhodes Scholarship after jetting to Toronto for the final interviews last weekend.

Timothy Endicott, a Lowell House senior, and Andrew Nevin a second-year graduate student in Economics will spend the next two years studying at Oxford. The American winners of the Rhodes will be announced at the end of this month after the final rounds of interviews are completed.

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Last Wednesday a group of demonstrators and an audience of unruly students greeted the director of the Selective Service System as he spoke in defense of draft registration.

Forty activists protested Thomas K. Turnage's appearance by burning registration cards and chanting various slogans outside the Science Center where he spoke. During his address, Turnage ignored the protesters, saying that most 18-year-olds don't protest registration.

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In an attempt to increase its support of foreign medical education programs. Harvard has agreed to help one of Saudi Arabia's six universities improve its medical school, officials said last week.

Harvard experts will contribute to developing the King Faisel University's curriculum, faculty recruitment, and administration.

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The student-faculty Committee on Housing continued a policy of barring student observers and reporters from meetings at its Monday meeting last week.

Members of the committee said that the 10-member group would continue its exclusively to prompt open, informal discussion hindered by overly inquisitive members of the press and large groups of students.

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Officials at the Medical School announced that they will soon finish up a preliminary plan for their experimental seven-year program. The plan, which will take effect in September of 1984, will be an innovative approach to medical education at Harvard.

Medical officials created the program last spring to revitalize the medical curriculum so that it can handle the wide variety of new issues raised from new discoveries and technology. Dr. Daniel C. Tosteson '44, dean of the Med School said the new program will stress smallgroup problem-solving and computer instruction.

The program will annually accept 25 college sophomores for a specialized curriculum for the last two years of college, four years of medical school, and the first year of hospital training. Tosteson said this program will enable future doctors to better incorporate all new information with traditional methods.

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