PRESIDENT ELIOT ON NATIONAL UNIVERSITY.
That Harvard is expanding into a great national University is the most conspicuous phase of its present development. President Lowell, in his recent report showed the working of the new admission requirements and noted particularly Harvard's intimate connection with the entire country. However, important work remains yet to be done, and this service the Federation of Territorial Clubs has been designed to aid. In many sections of the country misconceptions and prejudices exist to the detriment of the University, and these unfounded popular ideas have persisted because not combated. The Territorial Clubs have merged in order to do real work in placing Harvard in its true light in all parts of the country. Of all the undergraduate organizations this is one of the most important because it concerns intimately the welfare and future growth of the University.
That this organization is to be of permanent service is evident from its rapid growth and acquisition of a home in the Union. As was announced several weeks ago, the old assembly room has been fitted up in excellent style and will serve as a clubroom for the Federation. With a compact organization and its own headquarters, the Federation has the elements of strength and permanence, and that its work will be extensive and influential is certain.
This evening the new rooms are to be formally opened, and the occasion will be impressive because President Eliot will speak on what he considers a university must be in order to be national. The subject is important because of its relation to Harvard's present development, and decidedly opportune, for the work of the Federation is to help make Harvard national. What President Eliot has to say this evening will probably constitute a masterful statement of Harvard's prime problem.