Fact and Comment
Princeton System a Success.
In view of the proposal for the adoption of a system of student waiters at the University, the following statement written for the Princetonian by W. H. Osborn, Princeton 1916, chairman of the Dining Hall Committee, should be of interest:
"Owing to the great difficulty which students find in obtaining work at Princeton ... it was decided to introduce student waiters at the University Dining Halls, and the plan was put into operation last fall. This innovation has now been thoroughly proved and can be pronounced a decided success both from the standpoint of the students benefited and from the quality of service rendered.
"There are at present 82 freshmen and sophomores acting as waiters, and 16 upperclassmen working as ushers, doormen, and floor captains. Each waiter works two meals every day and sits with the other students for the third. For this service, if he works full time, he gets payment which is equivalent to the remission of board. Applications for the position are made through the Bureau of Self-Help.
"The students do not have to do any of the rougher work of table-setting, etc., this being taken care of by a small force of professional men who also help serve at meal hours in case any of the students are absent.
"Although at the beginning of the year there was a little difficulty in arranging the schedules of the different men to prevent conflicts with their classes, and in getting the system under way, these troubles have now been eliminated, and under the guidance of Miss Pierce and of Louis Hillyer '14 a really efficient service is being developed. Moreover, the men have received a training that will make it much easier to start in with the new building next year, and which will make possible a steady improvement in the quality of service given.
"A great deal of credit is due to all concerned for the intelligent manner in which the work has been done, in spite of the great handicap which the present building and equipment has placed upon it. Practically all that was hoped of this new system has been realized, while the professional pessimists who opposed its introduction have not as yet been heard from. The fact that the Harvard authorities themselves who advised against Princeton's trying the plan are now preparing to take it up is proof of the practical and useful way in which it has worked."