THIS is the time of year when any of our exchanges are filled with accounts of preparations for the intercollegiate contests. Although Harvard has never felt inclined to enter these contests, she has not been uninterested in them. The judges have invariably been men who have acquired a reputation in the subjects to which they were assigned; and in this way many of the contestants have had their work assayed in a much juster manner than would be possible in the contestants' own colleges. But the public have not yet been able to discover just how much an intercollegiate award means; for to know that a student from one college surpassed the students from several other colleges is very indefinite information. Why cannot the association publish its examination papers, and in this way furnish some data from which the value of its awards may be inferred?