Thus far, our experience has been that before criticising an entirely new plan it is best to consider old conditions and see if they can be bolstered up to meet new qualifications. Therefore it is well to look at the possibilities of the afternoon exercises if the Senior class should decide to remain in the old enclosure. The decision of the Corporation puts these in a nut shell. If the class of '98 does not wish to move, it must accept the conditions which governed the exercises last year. In other words, it can look forward to no better celebration than that which last year caused considerable disappointment to many spectators, and much discomfort to all concerned. Few who were at the Tree last year and afterwards discussed the exercises will dispute these statements, and the most ardent supporters of the old regime would hardly like the same to be said about their exercises. The issue then is plain. Either '98 must decide to move and accept the possiblilities for improvement, or submit to exactly the same dissatisfaction and criticism which '97 underwent.
The next question is, what are these possibilities for improvement? We believe that the Class Day Committee has made them plain. In the first place the Corporation is satisfied that exercises held in the Memorial Hall Delta will be free from the dangers of the old shut-in location. In the second place many more people can be comfortably seated and adequate standing room provided for the classes and graduates. Thirdly, while all the good points of the old exercises can be retained, substitutes for the bad can be provided which will add greatly to the impressiveness of the ceremony. To sum up, '98 by accepting the possibilities of a change can at least endeavor to make the most of an opportunity for satisfactory exercises.