College Campaigning

To the Editor of the CRIMSON:

It was with considerable surprise that I have noticed here this fall the remarkable lack of interest in the Junior and Sophomore class elections. We are now confronted with the prospect of the Senior elections and it seems to me that a few words on the subject might not be out of place.

I have been privileged to observe the system of class politics as it exists in one of our younger western colleges and it appears to me that the lively interest in such matters shown there speaks better for them than our "Harvard indifference" does for us. As the matter now stands there seems to be a great deal of difficulty in getting a majority of the members of a class to vote, chiefly because the candidates for office are not personally known by them.

Would it not be possible for such candidates to conduct campaigns; not necessarily anything loud or too vulgar for the delicate Harvard stomach, but by simple, direct appeals for the support of their classmaes. It seems to me that a man ought to be willing to talk in his own behalf if he is honestly convinced of his fitness for the office, and if he is not convinced he has no business to be running. W. C. SMITH JR. '25 December 3, 1921.