John Harvard, Late Nights at Lamont, and Condom Delivieries

1946 Crimson
1946 Crimson

Every week, The Crimson publishes a selection of articles that were printed in our pages in years past.

October 11, 1884: Placing the Harvard Statue

Yesterday afternoon the base and finally the figure of the John Harvard statue were placed in position on the Delta. Much interest was shown by the students, who formed groups around the workmen until the bronze figure was finally lowered into place. The base is very simple, being nearly a cube in shape, but tapering slightly, so that the top is smaller than the bottom. On the front is the simple inscription cut into the stone,

John Harvard,



On the back is the name of the donor Mr. Bridge. The bronze figure has been described before. While it was being placed in position and before it was yield an opportunity was given the men to look, and it fully met the expectations of the majority.

October 11, 1950: Inter-house Committee Asks Parietal Extension

House Committee chairmen yesterday passed a unanimous resolution asking House masters to allow girls in students' rooms until midnight on the evenings of the Dartmouth and Yale games and until 10:30 p.m. on the Friday before the Yale game.

Present unamended rules permit women in the Houses from 1 to 7 p.m., and from 1 to 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

October 11, 1955: Eighty-Five Hour Week

Each evening at 9:45 the alarm sounds in Lamont Library and 1,125 freshmen are left with virtually no place to study. The Yard dorms are crowded; between ten and twelve they are noisy. After Lamont, freshmen can do little more than chat with friends, wait for the milk and donuts vendor, and hope for a better day tomorrow.

Freshmen have alternately hoped, begged, and demanded for some time. In 1952, 500 irate freshmen declared their study facilities inadequate and asked for an extension of Lamont hours. In answer to their request, former library director Keyes D. Metcalf stated that the cost would be prohibitive. As a result, the Union Committee financed an unsuccessful "study hall" in the basement of Memorial Church.

October 11, 1985: Who You Gonna Call?

What's something that costs 75 cents, is usually consumed at night, and can be delivered to your door within 30 minutes through a new service being started up by six freshmen?

Hint: No, it's not a slice of pizza.

Calling themselves Sperm Busters, the Thayer South residents yesterday established a "condom courier service."

With complete confidentiality, needy students can call the group's room number anytime from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. and request a condom, selecting either the regular rate (75 cents and delivered within thirty minutes) or the "God I Need It Now" rate ($1.50 and delivered within three minutes).

Compiled by Nikita Kansra and Julie M. Zauzmer.

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