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Harvard Releases Comment Sheets

Crimson editor Beth L. Pinsker '93--who wroteher application essay about an exchange programthat took her to Belgium--said her reviewerassumed she learned Flemish while overseas.

"They didn't get anything wrong except for thefact that I don't much speak Flemish," Pinskersaid.

And Crimson President Julian E. Barnes '93 saidhis summary sheets revealed surprisinginformation.

"I'm terribly saddened to find out I was alegacy," said Barnes, whose sheets containedreferences to his parents' degrees from theGraduate School of Education.

"It was also interesting to find out thatdifferent readers had different reactions to theapplication...and to my essay," Barnes added. "Oneperson liked it a lot and one person said itmerely had its moments."

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Dozens of students at other colleges have filedrequests for their schools' versions of thesummary sheets following the Department ofEducation ruling. Most colleges have said theywould comply with the ruling.

Stanford Reverses Decision

At Stanford University, the admissions officefirst refused the students' requests but reversedits decision on Monday, according to Dean ofUndergraduate Admissions James M. Montoya.

Montoya said he will distribute a cover letteralong with the summary sheets in order to explainthe admissions process to students.

While Harvard officials said yesterday they donot expect the availability of the documents toaffect the tone or candor of future summaries,admissions officers at other colleges said theyanticipate that reviewers will be more careful intheir written comments.

"If colleges decide to keep [the summarysheets] as a part of the record they're going tohave to think long and hard about what they say,"said Daniel J. Saracino, dean of admissions atSanta Clara University and president of theNational Association of College AdmissionsCounselors.

"I think it will certainly cause all of us tobe cautious about any references that could bemisinterpreted," said Willis J. Stetson Jr.,director of admissions at the University ofPennsylvania. "We would not want to say anythingthat we don't want to see as a headline in The NewYork Times.

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