Not an unreasonable cause for the lack of Harvard support in the West may be found to some degree in the-treatment given here to students transferring from other colleges. Instead of a consideration of the previous scholastic training of the previous scholastic training of the transfer student, with a view to facilitating his rapid entrance into under-graduate life; the University has in the past assumed towards him a rigorous attitude, has appended to his surname the undignified tag of "Unc", and thereby deprived him of all but purely scholastic training until such time as he may have demonstrated that he be worthy of assignment to a class. The ruling made yesterday by the Faculty for his provisional recognition upon entrance will do much to make pleasanter the first year of the transfer man.
There were this year 279 students registered as Unclassified --the largest number in the history of the college. They, together with the ocC, and the Special students, constitute a detached group, the members of which are denied the privilege of association with a particular class. While there is a valid reason for the status of the men in the Special and ocC, category, those who are unfortunate enough to be designated as "Unc." 's a have been unnecessarily afflicted. The benefit of class membership include participation in the many social activities so integral a part of class life and the footing of a very tangible bound between classmates which in the Freshman year is the foundation of class unity later on. The Unclassified student, by the new degree, will no longer drift through the first and more important period of his Harvard life on a discouraging sea of isolation, but will early learn the advantages of being an acknowledged though provisional factor in class life.