But while in company with our correspondent of this morning we continue the war against Sever 11, we must also advocate another reform of quite as much importance. This, too, relates to the conduct of lecture courses. The freedom with which the Cambridge populace crowd to lectures in Sever, testifies strongly to man's inherent desire to go to "free shows." The more we see of this intrusion, the more we think that some stringent measures should be taken to prevent it. If the lectures were intended alike for Cambridge people and for Harvard students, we would have nothing further to say. But we believe that they are not so intended, and that in the management of them Harvard should have first consideration, and Cambridge second. If the seats were reserved for members of the university till within a few minutes of the time for the lecture to begin, the men, women and children of Cambridge would quickly learn that it would not pay them to wait a quarter or half an hour before closed doors in order to get the best seats in the hall. Where Harvard is quite capable of crowding her lecture halls, the aid of Cambridge is certainly unnecessary. If there is room for Cambridge, let Cambridge be welcome; if there is not room, let her be shut out.
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May 06, 2017