Owing to the fact that undergraduate interest in debating up to this year had not been strong enough to support the activity, there was some misgiving when graduates were excluded.
The result, however, has thoroughly justified the step. Enough undergraduate material reported to make up two representative teams; and although the negative team lost to Yale, the affirmative won from Princeton, which is as good a showing as last year, when one of the teams was composed entirely of graduates. This year Yale also has excluded graduates for the first time, as Princeton did a year ago. The result has been a decided increase in the prestige of debating as a college interest. Under the former arrangment the very existence of graduate competition deterred many who would otherwise have been candidates. The experiment has been a success: there should be no reversition to the old system.
One thing was clearly demonstrated by the debate last Friday; debating as a purely undergraduate activity has come to stay.