The Senior elections are an institution almost as venerable as the University itself. The class offices should be bestowed as a reward of merit and for services rendered to the class itself and to the University as a whole. Since the men chosen at these elections represent the class for life, and inasmuch as the offices are the last reward and honor that any class may give to its most deserving members, college elections can hardly be conducted in the same manner as a political campaign.
The electioneering and campaigning which was exhibited during the election last Wednesday would have been tolerated and even commended in a national election. In a college, and particularly in Harvard College, where ability and merit have always been universally recognized and appreciated, such methods are distinctly bad taste and unworthy of our best traditions and ideals. It is to be hoped that there will not be a repetition of these tactics next Tuesday.