The 42 essays submitted in the CRIMSON prize essay contest to select the winner of the $600 scholarship for travel abroad on the United States Line Tour next summer considered University problems from almost 42 different angles.
To illustrate the diversity of the questions considered, some of the subjects follow: "A Renovation of English A"; "Commons, or Memorial Reborn"; "Intellectual Initiative and the Preparatory School Spirit"; "More leisure to think"; "Modern Languages, their Neglect and Support"; "Divisionals"; "The American College and the English University, or the American University"; "Do you know your Professors"; "Harvard as the Birthplace of Another Literature."
A list of quotations from these essays, which was presented in the CRIMSON of Tuesday, March 24, has been widely reprinted. In view of the great publicity which was given the contest by metropolitan newspapers, the CRIMSON wishes to explain its stand.
Subject Is Misrepresented
The subject of the essay follows: "What one particular policy, plan, or improvement would you like to see extended or inaugurated at Harvard?"
This subject was proposed by the CRIMSON in order to bring out constructive criticism. That the subject has succeeded in the purpose for which it was drawn up is shown by the titles of the essays it has evoked. By the use of the caption, "What's the Matter with Harvard?" the headline writers of various newspapers have been instrumental in putting the CRIMSON competition in a false light.
At a time when destructive criticism of the University was widely commented upon, the CRIMSON desired to awaken an opposite current of discussion.
Before the Spring recess the results of the CRIMSON contest will be announced. Meanwhile, the CRIMSON will publish from time to time some of the most constructive essays, anonymously.