Two longstanding trials came to an end last week as the Corporation voted to retain Harvard's automatic ban on investing in banks that make loans to South Africa, and President Bok gave final approval to construction of the Fogg Museum extension.
The Corporation's decision last Monday to extend the University's blanket bank ban culminated two months of student protest and a heated debate within the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (ACSR) which ended when the ACSR voted unanimously against lifting the 1978 ban.
Student activists and members of the ACSR praised the Corporation's decision, but said the decision was probably based more on expediency that any real moral committment.
Bok's approval of the Fogg extension, which was handed down on the same day as the investment decision, brought to an end nearly six weeks of negotiations and a flurry of last-minute fundraising, following Bok's initial cancellation of the project February 1.
Bok tempered his initial decision in the wake of a storm of controversy that followed announcement of the cancellation. Three weeks ago he told the museum's visiting committee that they could go ahead with the extension if they could raise $3 million by March 15. One day before the March 15 deadline the group had raised $3.1 million.
Although Bok's decision will launch the $16.5 million project--which the Fogg has been planning for three years--some of the University's contracts will have to be renegotiated because they expired when Bok cancelled the project.
President Bok was out of town this week and Mass Hall staffers were keeping quiet about his whereabouts. Several high level administrators said the trip was a mixture of business and vacation but would not comment further except to say "there is some sun involved."
The Cambridge U-Haul may pick up some extra revenue this summer, as students in Leverett and Lowell Houses will no longer be able to store boxes and furniture at home. Supervising and maintenance costs prompted officials to make the change because they said that professional storage will provide better security and is more reliable.
Because of the short notice, the College will pick up the tab for students this time around. Residents of the other 11 Houses, however, should not feel relieved; William H. Bossert '59 master of Lowell House has said that "this will absolutely become a college-wide policy after this summer."
When most people join the Harvard Cooperative Society, they get a little red or grey plastic card. But Stephen Waters '85 will get an engraved Harvard chair, a new suit, and--just maybe--a date with Miss U.S.A. 1982. Waters is the Coop's 100,000 member and will receive his gifts today, as the Coop celebrates its 100th anniversary.
A 28-year-old Jamaica Plain resident was stabbed Monday afternoon at the Arnold Arboretum, Harvard's research and botanical gardens. Alice Bodnar was taken to a nearby hospital where doctors removed one of her lungs and gave her at least 30 pints of blood. Peter S. Ashton, director of the aboretum, said the attack was the worst incident at the facility in is three years there. No suspects have been found. Bodna is in fair condition.