COMMENT

How to Handle a Tea-Cup

It has been repeatedly said of late that the trend of the modern college seems to be away from the educational institution toward the country club that several colleges already exemplify. In the same volume of annual reports which contains this suggestion for the production of the faultlessly mannered and attired college man appears a statement by President Butler that the curious conception of the college as a means of supplying social advantages and associations to the detriment of the more fundamental aims has unfortunately gained ground. Under the captain of "Country Club or College" the President has made a deserving attack upon a system which strikes at the very heart of the American College.

And strange as it may seem Dean Hawkes also reports that "Columbia College has no ambition to develop the social side to the extreme of converting the College into a social club, or at best a finishing school for men". One is thus led to believe that the student body need entertain no fears that such a ridicuious measure as a course in "department and social conventions" will be added to the college curriculum for some time to come. Truly, the Columbia undergraduates would be the laughing-stock of the college world not to mention the general public were he forced to undergo instruction in how to handle a tea-cup, introduce at a formal function, and dress correctly for afternoon calling. "Columbia Spectator"