The Student Vagabond
This mechanical age is doing it's best to frustrate any attempt on the Vagabond's part to lead the Harvard man to new intellectual heights. Two days ago he pointed out a particularly interesting lecture, which should have been of interest to all Vagabondia. His well chosen words must have fallen on fertile soil, for at the stroke of eleven o'clock a car filled with would-be auditors in quest of knowledge roared up Plympton Street toward the Yard. The car reached Massachusetts Avenue, turned left, the driver looking for a place to park. Obviously, it being eleven o'clock in the morning, there was none. On up the Avenue, around the corner to Broadway, still no place. Down Quincy Street and back onto the Avenue again, and so once more around the circuit, and still fate defies the driver. Of course there was nothing left to do but to return to Dunster House.
Things have come to a pretty sorry pass when the success of modern education depends on the availability of parking places. The Vagabond is frankly depressed. But if traffic and the machine age combine to thwart the intellectual, perhaps they can be forced to aid education. The Vagabond,peering into the dim future sees a new Harvard. It has become so thoroughly Oxfordized that the students have "scouts", and television has become the accepted means of education. He sees a room in Lowell House, a students figure reclining on a couch, a henchman hovering over an instrument in the corner, ready to do the master's slightest bidding. He hears a bored voice, "I say. Hawkins, turn off that beastly Hocking man and lets have something hot from Willie Langer."
"The English Civil War, 1642-1649," Professor Merriman, Harvard 6.
"The Industrial Revolution in Russia," Professor Karpovich, Boylston 21.
"Poe as a Poet and a Critic," Dr. Carpenter, Harvard 2.
"Schiller," Professor Burkhard, Germanic Museum.