One of the distinctive features of American college life for the past few years has been college journalism. It is true that at times the English colleges have given birth to several excellent magazines such as the old Oxford Spectator and the present Oxford Magazine. These journals have always held their own in their particular line, and have been but seldom, if ever, surpassed in America. The best representative of this sort of college journal is the Yale Lit, an excellent paper in its way, and one that we believe is well supported, as it deserves to be. But the distinctive American college journal is of an entirely different character. In this country we generally go to the general magazines for such literature, while we demand a peculiarly college tone from our college journals. Of college dailies it is unnecessary to speak. Their endeavor is to occupy a place in the college world very similar to that occupied by the general newspaper in the outside world. The best example of the college journal of the class to which we refer is our own Lampoon. Probably no college paper is so well known and so widely quoted. It is universally acknowledged the best of its kind, and other colleges have tried time and again to produce publications on exactly the same model. The natural supposition would be that a paper of so high a standard so peculiarly representative of college institutions, would never need to fear lack of support. But the contrary is the case. In spite of the numerous appeals made in its behalf, the Lampoon has not yet been assured sufficient support to warrant its continuance. The editor of a college paper has enough to do without being compelled to pay for the amusement of the college. But this is precisely what the students of Harvard College seem to expect their editors to do. We support our crew, our nine and our athletic teams, and in none of these fields has Harvard made a greater success than in journalism. Let us support the Lampoon.
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