If one rule of one institution were a basis for universal practice, we might expect soon to find all ex-college men classified as follows: those who won their degree; those who dropped out or were dropped; and those who were married too soon. The news has been confirmed that a prominent Yale undergraduate has been suspended for being married. Although "guilty" of marriage for a year, Century Milstead, through a strange oversight on the part of the college authorities, had continued in good standing. No real reason is given for his ejection: but rules have a reason all their own, and rules at Yale must reign relentless.
Out of pure sympathy for the victim, it might at first thought be suggested that this University offer him aid and comfort; but the suggestion dies in dread of the result of furnishing refuge to all Yale men who desire to marry. On second thought sympathy gives way to apprehension, lest the University itself adopt rules similar to the one just enforced in New Haven. Next term's Regulations might include such clauses as: "Undergraduates announcing their engagements shall be placed on probation", or "No man shall be eligible for the Deans' List until he has taken a vow of celibacy."