The perennial question of hazing is again, with the opening of the college year, agitating the public press. Remedy on remedy for the evil is proposed, all apparently equally unefficacious. Mr. Charles F. Thwing of Cambridge, in a recent article, expresses the opinion that "the regarding of the student as a citizen of the town in which the college is situated, and as responsible to its officers for all criminal offenses, whether stealing a sign or hazing a freshman, serves to weaken the force of the custom. Many colleges thus treat their members, and the members so regard themselves. The difficulty, however, in this remedy lies in the fact that cases of hazing may be perpetrated night after night and yet remain unknown to the officers of the law. It is not often that a freshman can detect his persecutors, and could be detect them, it is even less often that he would divulge their names. A method, however, which has stopped the practice in a leading college is both simpler and more reasonable than the two already suggested. It consists in the members of the two lower classes signing an agreement at the opening of the college year that they will abstain from all practices which are annoying to freshmen. Such a pledge, if wisely presented, would, without reluctance, be signed by every member of the sophomore and freshman classes. The college man has a keen and high regard for his honor, and his honor would forbid the breaking of his pledge. Let such an agreement be made for one or two years in almost any college, and the practice of hazing is practically abolished." The only real reform will come, we think, when as at Harvard the students have outgrown the silly practice and come to discountenance it as childish and beneath their dignity.
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