Communications are so frequently sent to the CRIMSON for publication and so many have to be rejected for failing to comply with the most obvious requirements that it seems necessary to state what the purpose of the communication column is and to name these requirements.
It has always been the object of the CRIMSON to encourage through this column the expression of opinion or the contribution of information by members of the University on all subjects that may appropriately be brought before college men in a college newspaper. But obviously the editors are always obliged to use discretion in determining the propriety of the subjects discussed, and, beyond that, of the manner in which the discussion is carried on. While there is rarely any question as to the former, there sometimes is as to the latter and communications have to be rejected on that account. While we are always glad to give both sides of a case a full hearing and never refuse to publish an opinion merely because we disagree with it, yet we certainly have the right to demand of our correspondents that the language and general tone of their contributions shall be decent and dignified.
Finally, it seems necessary to add, no communications will be published unless they are accompanied by the name of the writer, "not necessarily for publication," as the stereotype phrase is, "but as an evidence of good faith." It is strange that a rule which is universally enforced by newspapers and periodicals is not more generally understood.