ANOTHER case of hazing, this time at the Michigan University, has resulted in the suspension of thirty-nine Freshmen and forty-two Sophomores, these students having proclaimed themselves in favor of "the time-honored college custom of hazing," and having requested to share the penalty of six men detected in the practice. So far from the scene of action as we are, it is difficult to decide the rights of the case; but, after noticing the bad logic in the cards which contain the defiance of the undergraduates, and the dignified reply of the Faculty to that defiance, we cannot but side with the latter body.
That an old custom is, therefore, a good one, or that what is not done in college buildings and college hours is outside the jurisdiction of the college government, are two statements that hardly need refutation in the community at large, or in the Eastern colleges of the present day; and almost every one who has any knowledge of the sort of superintendence necessary to an educational institution would agree with the Michigan Faculty when they say that "the university can better afford to be without students than without government, order, and reputation." As to the main question of hazing, let us be thankful that nothing need be said to Harvard readers, and wish for our Western sister as peaceful a settlement of the disputed point as we have had here; though, were we to say anything, we should draw our strongest argument from Ann Arbor.
Insurrections in college seem to be like certain childish diseases, some time or other they must come, and the name of "Rebellion," which a certain elm in the College Yard bears, reminds us of our own weakness. But this ought not to lessen the censure with which the leaders of the revolt should be visited, and we can only hope that before long the tone of our universities may be so far raised in the way of refinement and moral character that scenes like the above may no longer be recorded to our humiliation.