This vote was communicated to the Corporation who have lately replied that in their opinion the appointment of a standing advisory committee, such as the overseers suggest, would be unwise. The reasons upon which the corporation bases its refusal to accede to the recommendation of the alumni are understood to be that many questions beside that of art have to be considered in connection with the erection of new buildings; that the practical and utilitarian aspects of the matter are usually paramount, while the question of art is generally of the least importance; and that the corporation cannot delegate any of its authority to another body of men. The corporation therefore declines to grant the request of the alumni.
Transcript on the Fogg Museum.
The Boston Transcript of last evening devotes over four columns to a statement of opinions pro and con on the subject of the Corporation's policy in the erection of college buildings, with especial reference to the Fogg Museum of Art. The article states that seven months ago the Overseers expressed the opinion by a vote that "greater harmony and excellence in the design of college buildings would be obtained if all artistic questions where university property is concerned were submitted to a standing advisory committee, composed partly of several competent professional men, and partly of members of the governing boards of the University."