THE PRESS

Liaison

Perhaps the most frequently discussed aspect of the House Plan has been the probable status of the fraternities when Yale becomes small and intimate again. The alarmists put their heads together and imagine all sorts of dire results, the intellegentsia see a better future than a past for these much-maligned institutions, the Indifferents say: "What of it?"

Of the two questions which have been raised as to their place in undergraduate social life, namely, whether separate fraternities should be identified with separate quadrangles or should serve as common meeting grounds between the different quadrangles, we decidedly favor the latter suggestion. Fraternities by and large are too hopelessly identified with individual schools at present. It is only natural for embryonic undergraduates to hear of the merits of one fraternal bond and instinctively gravitate toward it. To limit a fraternity to drawing its members from one quadrangle would tend only to aggrevate the present condition.

To make the Junior Fraternities a liaison between different units seems to imbue some of their members with a hope for their ultimate salvation. Certainly it gives them more concrete reason for occupying the palaces in York Fields. It should silence the casual undergraduate who might look at the vast financial outlay represented in their houses and say "Why?" The possibility of service in keeping the quadrangles from becoming too strictly insular has advantages which commend themselves over the nebulous aims of the contemporary organizations. Yale Daily News.