TUITION INCREASE OPPOSED BY SOCIETY
Phi Beta Kappa Committee Report Asks Other Solution of Financial Difficulty.
A meeting of the Phi Beta Kappa committee which was formed to oppose the proposed increase in the tuition fee was held yesterday afternoon. After a discussion, the following report was adopted:
"The Phi Beta Kappa Society at its meeting last Friday voted to appoint a committee to oppose the proposed increase of the tuition fee. This action was taken only after careful consideration of the questions involved. At the preceding meeting, Professor C. H. Moore, Chairman of the Faculty committee recommending the raise, at the society's request, presented the situation as it appears to the Faculty committee. On last Friday, five members of Phi Beta Kappa stated the arguments on the other side. At both meetings there was a careful discussion. The arguments offered by the members were the results of some three week's investigation. It is thus evident that the vote was a deliberate one, carefully considered.
"The aim of the committee appointed is in no sense controversial; it is, rather, educational. It appears to the committee that in some respects the proposition is one of the most far-reaching yet made in the history of Harvard, and that it therefore merits more careful and more general consideration by undergraduates and alumni alike than it has hitherto received. The society's objections to the raise are, therefore, made in the hope of providing a basis for discussion, and, should opportunity afford, an agent for constructive action.
"At present there seems to be an apathy in regard to the whole matter which is most surprising; for it is clearly the duty of every undergraduate to give close consideration to the question, and, if possible to register his opinion. By this means the Overseers will be provided with an indication of the feelings of a considerable number of men now in the University, and a large body of the alumni will be brought to a realization of the seriousness of the step proposed.
"It is hoped that some constructive solution of the financial difficulty other than the one now offered will be presented; certainly no such will be made if the whole question is left without discussion by a large majority of Harvard men. At present it is a matter for serious discussion and investigation by every man interested in the University, whether undergraduate or alumnus.