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D.U., Fly Clubs Agree to Merge

And then there were eight.

The D.U., an all-male final club that has been closed since last spring, has agreed to merge with the Fly Club, according to graduate members of both organizations.

Alumni members of the D.U. are being advised to send $100 in dues if they wish to join the Fly's graduate membership, according to a letter written by the D.U. Club Board of Trustees dated Feb. 5.

But current undergraduate members of the D.U.--which has been plagued over the past year with financial ills, a brawl and feuds with its graduate board--will not automatically be accepted into the Fly.

The Fly Club will retain its current name and location at 2 Holyoke Place, while the D.U. Club at 45 Dunster St. will either be sold or leased to retailers.

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Any income from the rental or sale of the property "will be assigned to the Fly endowment," according to the D.U. Club letter.

Eric E. Vogt '70, chair of the Fly Club's graduate board, confirmed the merger during an interview with The Crimson yesterday.

"The concept of the merger has been approved in principle by both graduate boards," Vogt said. "It is currently under consideration by the Fly Club membership as a whole."

But, Vogt said, present undergraduate members of the D.U. Club will have to punch the Fly and be accepted under the normal punch process.

"The punch will have to occur again," Vogt said.

Members of the D.U., whose club has been closed since an altercation between a club member an a high school football recruit last spring, expressed excitement at the prospect of once again being members of an active Final Club.

"I am in agreement with the merger," said D.U. member Thomas Mike '97. "If the choice is between having no club or a new club, I am for a new one."

D.U. President Matthew B. Hillis '96 said he regrets the closing of the D.U., which was founded in 1880.

"But on the other hand, changes needed to be made," Hillis said.

Current D.U. undergraduates who desire to punch the Fly "will be introduced to Fly members and graduates at social events prior to the punching season," according to the D.U. letter.

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