The junior class dinner, which was held Monday night, seemed to accomplish its object. A feeling of good-fellowship was established, which has gone far towards giving the class unity. Any act by the class tending to destroy this unity would be deplorable.
We are led to make this last remark, because we learn that certain members of the class are already electioneering and organizing for the class day elections. Such action is an unmitigated evil. Class day elections, whenever they come, always have their ill effects; and nothing could show a worse spirit than such efforts, at this time of the year, to increase these bad effects.
It would be an idealistic state of affairs here if each member of a class should have implicit confidence in the justice of the others. We do not pretend that such a state is possible; but we should very much like to think that the men in Ninety-two believe that their fellows are gentlemen, and capable of being trusted to choose wisely and justly when the time comes. This utter lack of confidence it is, which is leading certain men, nearly a year beforehand, to organize and work systematically for power in the class day elections.
Lay aside, for the moment, the question of the feeling of confidence which the class-if it is made up of honest men and not ward politicians-should have. If the class wants to get the best men for the places, we have a far better way to suggest than this method of deciding on candidates a year beforehand. Let the members of the class talk over available candidates among themselves all they like-the more the better. It is far too early to decide now on the worth and ability of all the men; college life moves so quickly that in a half-year the aspect of things may altogether change.
We strongly urge the class, then, to discuss as much as it likes, the worth of its men. Such a course would end in the choice of the best possible men. And, on the other hand, we strongly protest against this ungentlemanly way of organizing and deciding upon tickets in the middle of the junior year. It can result only in arousing ill-feeling and bitter distrust in the class, and in electing class-day officers who may be unsuitable in every way.