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Reporter's Notebook


"It just disgusts me that a group is not being allowed to say what they want, or table where they want. Someone doesn't have to believe in something, but at the same time, they shouldn't completely shoot it down."

--Kirkland House resident Valeria E. Scott '92, discussing an alleged incident of gay-bashing at the house dining hall.

"They eat in, we eat out."

--Another Kirkland resident, discussing his plans for dinner during an "eat-in" staged by the Bixexual, Gay and Lesbian Students Association.

"I avoided it because I was afraid they were going to turn it into a kiss-in, which I didn't want to see while I was eating."

--Michael J. Murphy '90, discussing the same protest.

Yale Sucks, Part I--The friendly rivalry between Harvard and that other institution to the south is alive and well in the nation's capital. When Sen. Albert J. Gore '69 (D-Tenn.) introduced a gramatically flawed amendment to the Clean Air Act several weeks ago, Sen. John H. Chafee (D-R.I.)--reportedly called him on the carpet for using a split infinitive. Had Gore gone to Yale, Chafee told the Senate floor, his grammar might not be so atrocious. But Gore--displaying more with than he had in his unsuccessful presidential bid--got the last laugh. Gore asked Chafee where he received his second two years of schooling, implying that Yale was just a junior college and earning a hearty laugh from the gallery.

Yale Sucks, Part II--That friendly rivalry is alive and well in the Yard, too. According to a very unscientific poll of pre-frosh this week, even those prospective members of the Class of 1994 who are not completely certain about their college choice know better than to head south. "I didn't see a lot of trees when I was at Yale," lamented Molly Confer of Lincoln, Neb. "Why would anyone like Yale?" asked Rachel J. Storch, who hails from St. Louis, Mo.

"A boycott of classes is basically a break with the reasons we are here for and the reasons teachers are here for. Rallying for a boycott is just far too radical a thing to do."

--Athan G. Tolis '91, Undergraduate Council vice-chair, debating the merits of a proposed class boycott sponsored by the Minority Students Association (MSA) to encourage greater minority and women faculty hiring.

"Very little has been done by working with the administration. We've done everything possible."

--Cara J. Wong '92, an MSA member, defending the boycott.

"From what I gathered, classes during the boycott were half full on average although I heard of extreme cases where certain classes were only one-third full. In general, I think the boycott was a very good success."

--Randal S. Jeffrey '91, member of the council's ad hoc committee on minority and women faculty hiring, after Tuesday's boycott.

"I saw nothing which caused me to think the boycott was likely to improve the minority and women hiring situation."

--Professor of Law Roger D. Fisher '43, who teaches one of the largest courses on campus--General Education 147, "Coping With International Conflict"--discussing the same rally.

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