When the portals of the CRIMSON building are opened to Freshmen and Sophomores on Tuesday evening, April 10, once again will be created for the enjoyment of everybody, that most curious of all creatures, the CRIMSON candidate.
To the outside world the candidate is a pestilence, and the snooping, prying novitiate is a bane to all civilized people. Even to those on the inside his behavior is inexplicable. In these days of emphasis on psycho-analysis it would not be a fruitless task for the psychological laboratories to delve deep into the inner makeup of the CRIMSON candidate.
Candidate a Puzzle
The psychologist looks askance at the CRIMSON candidate. For how can one explain the inconsistencies in the man's character? Parents shudder at the proposition and advise their children to shun such torture. Roommates make up their minds that a black sheep has deserted the fold. And through it all the candidate alone remains serene. For him it is not torture, the others just do not understand. He delights in the scoops, he gloats over his interviews with celebrities and thrills to the click-clack of many typewriters at work.
Late at night, often with a copy of the first sheet off the press, the candidate trudges wearily back to his room, sighing over the thought that tomor- row will be the same. Alarm clocks fail to rouse the slumberer, but admonishing friends are always present to jeer the news hawk on his way. They fail to realize, he says to himself, that yesterday he was in the midst of ropes, back-drops and shirt-sleeved stage hands while the star of the hour explained her aversion for poodles. Or that the night before he had jumped up on the stage at the Arena after Aimee Semple MacPherson has wound up her tirade in a blaze of glory, to "get" her for an interview. If she refused he would have had to chase her cab to the hotel and then worm his way into her presence.
Can Endure Jibes
They forget all that when they fail to see sense in his labors, and thus he can, without a twinge of conscience, urge them to come out for the next competition. The candidate can enjoy the taunts of editors, he can submit to their criticisms of his stories,--for some will chide and criticize--for inside he has felt the thrill of knowing some thing before the others, of meeting strange people in strange places.
The competition is not easy, but the candidate looking back over his career finds it worth while. He sees that it wasn't so bad after all and that the search for his stories brought him not regrets but pleasure. To an outsider the work seems excessive, but the candidate finds time for his studies. He will give up the latest movie, Sinclair Lewis' new book, the midnight show at the Old Howard, and the rest of the necessities for a normal, life, because he enjoys the sacrifice.
The CRIMSON competition offers to those men interested, the opportunity for getting better acquainted with all aspects of their own University, with the members of the Faculty and the other administrative officers. The world at large is their field of activity but in particular is the interest centered on Harvard University itself. At the present time, when Harvard's new president is taking over the reins, changes in the college are inevitable and it is through the medium of the competition that the candidates can themselves be in the midst of the development.
For men inclined toward editorial writing the CRIMSON competition offers the chance for expression of opinion and helpful criticism by those in charge. The business candidate will learn the ins and outs of modern advertising. He will meet the merchants in Boston and in the Square and will gain valuable information regarding activities in this field. Whatever branch of the competition a man enters, it is a preparation for useful work later on. It is a practical training ground for a man's interests.
The photographic competition offers to Freshmen and Sophomores an opportunity not only for demonstrating journalistic talents but also expressing artistic ability. The work of a news photographer consists of telling all sides of the day's news in pictures. Together with the covering pictorially of the general run of the news of the day is the chance for the candidate to exhibit his initiative and originality in "scoops", pictorial interpretations of Harvard, and unusual photographs.
During the competition the candidates will receive complete instruction in the use of the camera, the developing of films, the printing and enlarging of pictures, and the finer points of the photographic art. A certain amount of routine is involved in the handling of cuts and work in the dark room, which, however, is under the helpful supervision of an editor. Those whose experience is limited, need not feel discouraged, for the use of the CRIMSON's Graflex cameras as well as instruction and help are afforded the dub on equal terms with the expert.