The communication published yesterday on Class Day exercises contains some valuable suggestions. The danger to life and property at the tree exercises, before only partially realized, is strongly emphasized. No changes, however, should be made in these most characteristic exercises of the unique day in a Harvard undergraduate's course, except those that are absolutely necessary for the safety and comfort of the participants and spectators. Seniors will be slow to agree to any changes which are not in this way necessary.
What changes will be the best to lessen the danger to life and property it is difficult to decide upon at once. Many opinions have been expressed, from those that advocate practically no change to those which advocate the removal of the exercises to a larger space where each Senior might in turn walk up to the tree in a dress suit and valiantly pick a flower from the floral piece on it, or to those which call for the abolishment of the tree exercises entirely. It seems as if the one small exit from the enclosure might be increased to four large ones at the four corners of the stands and the danger of injury in a panic might so be minimized. Rather than see the exercises moved from the old "flower tree," where they have been held ever since Class Day itself has been held, the CRIMSON would have the number of admissions to the enclosure greatly lessened. If these measures are found impracticable, other grounds will have to be chosen for there is no way of increasing the size of the present site except by cutting down the elms on the street side or by moving Holden Chapel behind Stoughton as has been suggested. Neither of these things is likely to be done.
The objections to the scrimmage itself have little weight. The flowers, particularly the class figures, should perhaps be so lowered that the struggle need not be so violent and that "concerted action" might not be necessary. But that the scrimmage is brutal, that football clothes should not be worn, and so practically that the old scrimmage should develop into a formal presentation to each Senior of a boutenniere, is absurd. A man may take part in the scrimmage without losing dignity or without being brutal or ungentlemanly.
The proposal for lengthening the period of Class Day exercises will be discussed later.