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WE have several times referred to the wretched lighting and ventilation of Memorial Hall and the complaints on this matter have become much more numerous the last two months. A few weeks ago the Directors tried the scheme of lighting the circles of gas jets near the ceiling which had hitherto not been used. This brought into use every available means of lighting the Hall but it still remains inadequately lit. What is still worse is that the ventilation must continue poor while we have this form of lighting. For better ventilation can be had only by opening the long stained glass windows, and this creates a draft which flares the gas and badly smokes the walls and ceiling. We have said all this before but we repeat it to show that we are still much in need of better light and ventilation at Memorial.
What we should have at Memorial Hall are electric lights. Then we should get better light and a chance for better ventilation. The Board of Directors have recognized this some time ago and have petitioned the Corporation for permission to put in a system of electric lighting. The scheme is perfectly feasible. Investigations have been made and they have shown that the system can be introduced without any great trouble and with no damage to the Hall. The expenses would be borne by the Dining Association and would not be beyond its means.
The Board of Directors, then, stand ready to make this improvement in the Hall, the cost of which they can and will meet themselves. It will not be necessary for the Corporation to do anything further than to grant this petition; the rest will be done by the officers of the Association. It is to be hoped, therefore, in view of this much needed improvement at Memorial and its apparent advantages that the Corporation will see fit to grant this petition.
The new dormitory at Vassar has been opened.
There will be an examination in French 3 next Tuesday.
The next meeting in Government 12 will be held on February 20.
Professor Cooke will give a "review" in Chemistry A this evening at 7.30.
The last recitation before the midr-yeas in Chemistry I will be on Thursday.
Dr. Moses W. Weld, Secretary of the class of 1840, died in Boston Monday.
There will be a discussion of "Simplicissimus" in Ger. 9 before the mid-years.
The freshman class at Princeton, has elected L. Lee of Philadelphia, president.
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