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Reporter's Notebook


Publicity Shy--Defense attorneys in the case of a former Northeastern University student suing the Pi Eta Speakers' Club over an alleged rape there two years ago gave a Superior Court judge a number of exhibits to support their motion for a gag order against a lawyer for the plaintiff.

They included clippings from the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald, including one in which a Globe columnist teases the attorney, Jeffrey A. Newman of the Boston firm Newman, Durso & Itzkowitz, for his "self-promotional hype." Newman sent the paper a "press relase and a ready-for publication color photo," the reporter wrote.

However, the defense lawyers, from the firm of Morrison, Mahoney & Miller, should have thought twice before they included another item--a brochure for a seminar at which Newman is prominently featured. As it turns out, an attorney from Morrison Mahoney also appears in that brochure.

"Did you get everybody?"

--Harvard Police Deputy Chief Jack W. Morse to Sgt. John Francis after Francis finished photographing the 20-odd demonstrators holed up in University Hall to protest the lack of faculty in the Afro-American Studies Department.

"It just became a hunger strike."

--Protester Seth D. Tapper '91, after hearing Thursday afternoon that a police officer had turned away students trying to deliver food to the activists in the building. Food was allowed in about an hour later.

"Tell them, `Thank you,' and `We love them.' Tell everyone to come back with sleeping bags and get us food."

--Sit-Inner Stacey R. Carter '93, yelling Thursday evening to supporters outside through a window above a University Hall door.

"We will have no choice but to embarrass you some more. We will have no choice but to smear your name in the disgusting truth that you have created."

--Anthony McLean '92, a spokesperson for the students who staged a 23-hour-long sit-in inside University Hall.

The Perspective From the Inside--Reporters from local newspapers, radio and television stations descended on University Hall Thursday, as word spread about the demonstrators sitting-in there to protest the crisis in Harvard's Afro-American Studies Department. But only The Crimson had staffers inside, one staying with the defiant students into the night.

That may have something to do with The Boston Globe's mis-estimation of the size of the protest. They put the number inside at 25 and the number outside at 50. In reality, there were 21 protesters inside when the demonstration began and that figure dwindled to eight by the time they were formally asked to leave. The outside crowd at times numbered as much as 150, with more than 60 students still outside as of 3 a.m. Friday.

"I see now why Joe Nye insisted on shaking my hand before he went to Japan."

--Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Brendan A. Maher before he presented his "discussion document" to a full meeting of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on Tuesday. Professor of Government Joseph S. Nye spurred a heated controversy about internationalization when he distributed his document at October's meeting.

If you think four years is bad, try 32. Dean Maher reported the record holder for longest grad school enrollment was registered for 32 years. Currently, there is a student who is in his 24th year of study, Maher said. He did not release names.

"One might go straight from Commencement to the social security office."

--Brendan A. Maher, referring to the enrollment record holder.

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