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method of communication com-
mon in the prisoners' dilemma ex-
periment is what is called a mar-
tyr run. In this situation one play-
er will attempt to communicate
with the other by making con-
tinuous cooperative responses. The
longest run we have had so far
was 87 trials, Rapoport said.
Another variation of the pris-,
oners' dilemma is made by intro-
ducing elements into it which liken
it to disaramament. By introduc-
resources. The game ends when
the pre-determined disparity is
brought out in one of these in-
The fifth game allows a player
to refuse to reveal his military
and economic strength when his
opponent asks fornan inspection.
There is a cost connected to this
action, however. It is far greater
than the cost of making the chal-
In the next game each player
ing tokens equivalent to military has the ontion of continuing the
and economic resources which the game when he initiates an inspec-
player can change from one to tion discovering a disparity in
the other, it is possible to simu- his favor which is large enough
late disarmament situations while to terminate the game.
keeping t h e situation simple The opponent, however, can re-
enough so that variables can be fuse, when challenged, as in the
controlled, last game, to reveal his resources.
One example of this is the When a player detects this
stepwise disarmament g a m e s disparity it does not necessarily
which Rapoport and Prof. Marc mean he will win. By continuing
Pilisuk, associate research psy- the game, this is a form of attack,
chologist at the Mental Health which can indicate aggressive in-
Research Institute, describe in tentions to the opponent leading
an article in the Journal of Con- him to convert his tokens into
flict Resolution. military resources.
Pilisuk and Rapoport describe a The seventh game modifies the
series of nine games which start nature of an inspection so that it
as a simple situation in which does not give a complete picture of
players are given 20 tokens each the powers o fthe players. By
representing economic resources splitting resources into two zones
or military resources. Players are of 10 tokens each, a player is
then allowed to convert these re- allowed to arm or disarm in
sources from one type to the oth- either zone with a relative degree
By ROGER RAPOPORT
Leaning back in her chair, she
'miled and continued, "Then
there was the time I received a
letter from an irate mother who
was furious because her son had
just written that his roommate
had come back roaring drunk one
"Well you know what I did? I
wrote her a note saying that I
thought this was all just part of
growing up and that it might be
good for her son to go out, some-
time get drunk, and find out what
it's all about."
Speaking was one of 24 house-
mothers employed by the Univer-
sity for over 4000 men in the
She sews on buttons, determines
housing assignments, serves as a
social hostess, offers a sympa-
thetic ear, takes care of the sick,
let's you watch her television and
helps to plan dances.
With an average of 40 years
seniority on the men she serves,
er salary ranges from about,
$150 to $300 a month plus room
and board in exchange for a work
week that invariably exceeds 60
Is she just a "useless anarch-
ronism" as one quad resident says,
or an "invaluable asset to the
house," as another contends.
Does she merely sit around all
day or is she constantly working
on behalf of the nearly 200 men
in her house?
Assessing men's housemothers
is something like evaluating col-
lege coeds: they come in all types,
shapes, sizes, and temperaments.I
As a group, they range from the
football-minded housemother who
often has 10 or 15 men in on any
night to the quiet type that pre-
fers talking to one or two boys
at a time.
There are housemothers that
sew on buttons, or discuss the
classics. There are housemothers
that "look forward to every day,"
and others who maintain less en-
thusiasm about their work.
And inevitably, as is the case
with any group, be it teachers,
administrators or students, there
are good housemothers and poor stay on past their freshman year the house in general."
ones. feel more favorable toward their Incidentally, it is the resident
What does a housemother do? housemother. The president of advisors and the corridor coun-
In a practical sense, perhaps the one quadrangle says, "I'm quite selors who, along with the quad-
most tangible job preferred is tak- certain that most people like rangle director, share the respon-
ing charge of all room assign- housemothers," while another stu- sibility for discipling students.
ments. Housing office officials dent points out that, "while many Housemothers have no jurisdiction
estimate that many full-time sec- students think the housemothers in this area.
retaries would have to be hired have no worthwhile purpose they For this reason, a good share of
in order to perform these tasks, certainly do no harm and add a the quad residents see very little
which the housemothers now per- certain bit of continuity to the of their housemothers. "I don't
form as part of their duties. house." really h a ve anything against
Closer to the students, the Recently a last-minute change housemothers, it's just that I
housemother's function is to serve resulted in one of the houses in never see her around or anything,"
as an all-around social hostess. West Quadrangle going without a says a freshman.
"I kind of like to have a woman housemother. Among the students What about the housemothers
around when I bring my girl to a who had been in the house the
party or dance in the house," com- previous year there was virtually aemsido Who are theyd Most
ments one quad resident. unnmu feigththy are widowed ladies selected care-
mets ouadmesidnt.y as unanimous feeling that they fully by the housing office. Virt-
The housemother not only aids missed having a housemother. ually every one of them have
in this area but helps to greet The house president felt that raised their own boys, and, as a
guests and parents and is an all- the absence of a housemother housing official put it, "with the
around social chairman. "hurt our decorum-when we had wages we pay them, they are
"I don't know what we'd do a woman in our midst it gave us hardly in it for the money."
without a housemother for social a little more respect and thus a The women seem to enjoy their
functions," says a house presi- better place to live." work immensely. "I think it's a
dent. "She's the one that knows This view is shared by many wonderful job-young people make
how to make table arrangements, resident advisors and corridor you feel so important, I feel as if
plans decorations for dances, and counselors. "I really think house- I owe the men a lot."
buys the food." mothers help to keep things Evidently a good share of the
Housemothers also act as kind down," says one resident advisor. men ,feel that they owe their
of a watchdog for illness. Many A corridor counselor adds, housemother a lot. Certainly that
have access to a car in case any "Since I have to go to school, it's is true in West Quad Wenley
serious crisis should arise. kind of difficult to always get House. There Mrs. Sarah Barker,
A large share of her time is the time to work on something one of the most popular house-
spent in informal discussions with that needs doing in the house. mothers in the system has reached
residents. Often men seek her ad- But the housemother always helps the complsory University retire-
vice on problems, be they aca- out; and this is a great asset to ment age of 70.
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Military Tokens only possible for an opponent to
They receive rewards on the bas- ask an inspection of one zone at i
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itary strength at the end of the C lt
game, whether they convert ful-
ly to economic units by the end With a partial inspection in thef
of the' game and whether there seventh game, more complex stra-o
is a disparity between military tegy is possible, Rapoport and Pi-r
strength at randomly selected lisuk explained in their article. f
points during the game. Economic and military resourcesa
In the first case a player is in the eighth game acquire a
punished, in the second case he second value by virtue of whats
is rewarded and in the third the zone they are located in. This lo-c
player with the highest number cation value is independent of
of military tokens is rewarded in t 0-mount of an indjividual's eco-a
proportion to the size of the dis- nomic or military power.t
parity. This means zones can be used
The second game in the pro- to vary inspection methods as wellv
gression elaborates on the first. as for computation of strength. a
What could be termed random in- With the division into zones,
spection is fit into the game by it becomes possible to increase the
the experimenter, who will, at number of inspection procedures.
random , intervals, inform both For example, in the ninth game
players of the other's strngth. it is possible to have inspection
Tabletop Armaggedon .at fixed times during the game
In the thid game a new fea- or at random times during the
ture is added. Following any ex- game ,at the request of one play-
posure of strength if the dispar- er ,and through agreement by both
ity between the military resourc- to hold an inspection.
es exceeds a pre-determined cri- The series of nine games rep-
tical value, the game ends and the resents a step by step analysis
player with the strongest military of the parameters of disarma-
strength wins. ment. One thing Pilisuk and Rap-
The fourth game in the pro- oport pointed out in their article
gression introduces a player-in- was the variability of each situ-
duced inspection instead of ran- ation. _By. merely, switching the
dom inspection by the experimen- .rewards, results from any of the
ter. This inspection will cost the experiments can be changed. This'
player a turn at converting his is only one of many variables.
One quadrangle freshman sag- ' q "q -q- ; goq r egro n g ,
gests that -this is "worthless, since
my housemother can 'iardly un-
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