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as usual Carleton students were permitted to stand
in long lines to pay their fees at registration. Unlike
previous years however, this year they were given the
privilege of standing in their classes.
Introduction of the open-choice first year, with
the elimination of formerly mandatory science and
language requirements gave students the right to
register in more obviously society-orientated courses
.. . courses more relevant than Science 100 or a
The result was overcrowding in the classroom, a
fact obvious to anyone who had to sit on the floor in
History 115. The crowds hadn't dispersed after the
rush and the push of registration. First year sociology
enrolment doubled. First year anthropology
enrolment was up 500 per cent. Enrolment in
Journalism 100 was twice what had been projected.
So, in an issue ridden year, Carleton activists had one
more issue in which to participate.
The first step in the reaction against overcrowding
came at an open meeting of students' council, where
100 students voted to petition the university senate
to set up a joint student-faculty-administration
committee to examine the problems of overcrowding
in Carleton classrooms.
But before the petition was presented to the
senate, it acted to set up a committee directing it to
deliver an interim report and a final report. The first
report was due at the end of October and was to deal
with the immediate problem. The final report, due in
December was to deal with anticipated problems in