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The present year is a novel one in the history of the University. There has probably never before been such an active interest taken in a political campaign by our students. The undergraduates are very nearly evenly divided in their preference as to candidates; a state of affairs which has resulted in increasing the desire of all to do something to help along the cause which they have chosen for their own. All the torchlight parading, past and to come, is very well in its way, serving as it does to show the good will of the students toward one or the other of the leading nominees, but its effect on the outside world is, to put it mildly, very small. The whole affair is looked upon by outsiders as an exhibition of student merry-making, as, indeed, it is. Many of us, however, are legal voters, and intend to give some material support to our respective parties by voting for the men who represent them.

Would it, then, not be proper for the faculty to make election day a recess, that the men who are obliged to make long journeys in order to cast their votes may do so without being obliged to miss a part of their college duties? The faculty at Yale have taken this step, and have decided to release the students from the requirements of college for that day. Let it be hoped that our own authorities may see fit to follow so good an example.

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