The meeting began at 4:15 p.m. and adjourned at 6:15 p.m. promptly. In the intervening two hours, the Committee on Houses and Undergraduate Life waded through an eight item agenda with an efficiency seldom seen in the last two years.
The return of Dean Rosovsky to the chairmanship of CHUL undoubtedly accounted for the difference. Unlike Francis M. Pipkin, associate dean of the faculty, who allowed discussion at meetings to wander far afield of the specific issues confronting the committee, Rosovsky conducted a business-like meeting, exercising firm control over the direction of debate.
Despite his firmness, which sometimes exceeded the limits of permissible gruffness and more closely resembled blunt rudeness, the members were over-whelmingly laudatory of Rosovsky's performance during Wednesday's meeting.
Lee Bains '77, CHUL representative from Kirkland House, who expressed concern last spring that Rosovsky "might be too quick to cut off debate" said Wednesday he was "pleasantly surprised" because Rosovsky "directed debate without dominating it."
Since CHUL only possesses the power to make recommendations which Rosovsky must then approve, many members of the committee said last spring that Rosovsky's presence would help expedite business by providing immediate feedback on the acceptability and feasibility of CHUL proposals.
Through most of the discussion Wednesday, Rosovsky carefully avoided the type of definitive statement of his own preferences that some feared would stifle debate.
However, Rosovsky's manner tended to be somewhat intimidating at times. When Bains said his proposed student advisory committee on the budget would examine budgetary issues on a "micro-level" while the CHUL could provide input on a "macro-level", Rosovsky, an economics professor, lifted his eyebrows and smirked with apparent disdain.
Lloyd David '77, CHUL representative from Dunster House, said Wednesday that Rosovsky was "about the most relaxed person at the meeting."
David's perception was confirmed after the meeting when Rosovsky summed up his feelings about returning to the CHUL chairmanship in one word, "Exhiliration."