On another page the CRIMSON publishes this morning a communication from the president of the Junior class urging 1912 men to take advantage of the opportunities offered them for rooming in Senior dormitories. The new Student Council also saw fit at its first meeting to lend its unqualified support to the system now in vogue.
The innovations which were put into effect last year changed the whole nature of the question of Senior dormitories. Formerly the matter was always under discussion, and no enthusiastic response to numerous exhortations was ever evident during the latter years of the old system. Last winter 230 men applied for rooms which would hold only 120, and for which only 138 applications were received a year previously. In response to the demand of last year's Junior class, the Corporation made improvements in Thayer and its north and middle entries are now for the first time occupied exclusively by Seniors. If the expenditure is called for, the south entry of Thayer will be provided this year with modern plumbing and steam heat, thus devoting to Seniors alone all the dormitories in the northern part of the Yard.
The arrangements for allotting rooms which proved so popular a year ago, and which will be largely adhered to by 1912, owed their success primarily to allowing large groups of men to apply for rooms together. This provision enabled congenial men to any number up to 14, to live together, making their Senior year by far the most pleasant, and leaving the Yard in their memories as the scene of what was most enjoyable in their life as undergraduates. If the enthusiasm of 1911 combined with the feelings of the Seniors now in the Yard form a basis of prediction, 1912 will establish the tradition of having no underclassmen in the Yard north of University Hall.