As daily the Memorial Chapel controversy waxes hotter, and yearly Appleton Chapel is following Memorial Hall into desuetude, modern educators have sought vainly after the cause and cure of growing religious antipathy among undergraduates. In the fervid scramble after mental and physical achievement, the college has gone blind to things spiritual. With this in mind, the CRIMSON has delved deep until now the "cause causinge," the taproot of the evil lies exposed. By thorough investigation it has been ascertained that the cushions in the chapel pews, unduly hard and cold in the early morning, have enforced many absences. In fact, students of poor physique must needs forego the privilege of morning worship by reason of cramps and chills of a serious nature, derived therefrom.
Mr. G. F. Moore, Plummer professor of Christian Morals and Ethics recently commented upon a growing restlessness among "the faithful few still attending chapel." "Not only are softer cushions to be found in the Farnsworth Room," said Mr. Moore, "but also at Yale and Princeton."
Furthermore, it may well be remembered that Judge Ben Lindsey in his book on companionate marriage noted "the tendency of the younger generation to seek comfort and convenience." His meaning is dual. Unquestionably he was at that time aware of the cushion menace to religion.
Herein lies the fundamental, the only problem that confronts reformers. The crying need is for new cushions rather than new chapels. However deepseated this evil has become, prompt action may yet recall daily morning worship from the land of the "has beens." Salvation hangs in the balance.