Communication

Electioneering in Senior Class.

[We invite all men in the University to submit communications on subjects of timely interest.]

To the Editors of the CRIMSON:

Six men have been placed in nomination for marshalships by the Nominating Committee of the Senior class, and one by petition. The Committee was appointed by the President of the class, is responsible to the class, and has aimed at nothing but the good of the class. And at least one candidate has countenanced the formation of a partisan ticket determined to make him first marshal. If at the middle of the Senior year, Seniors do not know the names and deserts of the men prominent enough to be nominated for marshalships, such Seniors have by this ignorance forfeited their right to vote on such an important matter. And the candidate who permits electioneering, and by electioneering I mean the presentation of one candidate's qualifications at the expense of another's, forfeits his right to represent his class. When seven men are nominated for one office, it is manifestly an easy matter for a ticket to overthrow the general will of a class. There are not two parties in this election; there are seven representative men who have been honored with a trust. Not a man is standing for a principle or a platform; each is being judged solely by the efficient personality which his election will place in a position of trust.

The interests of a class and not of a clique, however just the cause of that clique, are at stake. There is nothing intrinsically wrong in "getting out" and "influencing" the voters; there would be nothing intrinsically wrong in mass meetings addressed by the candidates; yet at Harvard we do not intend to stand for either. There is nothing wrong in taking advantage of the mistakes of one's political competitors, but at Harvard we will not even stand for the rumor that those who compiled the provisional voting list intentionally omitted a single name. Electioneering, whether in a private study or in a club, is despicable, for a ticket intended to defeat a man is as bad as a ticket formed to elect him. The purity of election and the loyalty of the class to the men it elects, must be preserved.

The foregoing is published with the full approval of a non-partisan Nominating Committee. It should commend itself to any man who believes that in politics as in athletics Harvard stands for cleanness first, last, and all the time. EDWARD EYRE HUNT '10.