There is hardly a student in college-certainly not one rooming outside the yard, who would not be benefited by a new dormitory. The comfort of men who never have boarded, and never will board, at Memorial, depends on the success of the Dining Association to keep prices down and prevent the boarding places from being crowded ; and in the same way, the competition that another good dormitory would exert would lower the exorbitant rent that rooms in any desirable locality now command. We must have another soon, and it is certainly better for the college to get the income from it than for outsiders. But certain it is that unless the college finds means to put up a dormitory pretty soon, outside capital will take advantage of the opportunity. Now if any of the university funds come up for reinvestment soon, it seems to us that the treasurer ought to consider this. One of the trustees of Yale College stated not long ago that if the college needed a dormitory and they had funds to invest, they could in no way get so high a rate of interest on their investment as by building a dormitory. And yet the rent that rooms in the dormitories bring, is very much higher here than at Yale-or in fact at any college in the country.
Moreover, if the college keeps on growing without getting more such buildings, it will make a sad change in the character of the college life. Harvard college is a place to which a great many boys are sent, not so much for the sake merely of the studies as for the influences and advantages of college life. They are sent here to get the advantage of the training and preparation that college, in its capacity of a world in miniature, affords, for the struggle in the larger world. But college life without dormitory life, with the students scattered around among the townspeople, is a very different affair, deprived of many of its best characteristics. Let us have a new dormitory soon, then, a gift if possible ; if not, an investment of university funds.
We desire to call especial attention to the notice of the president of the boat club printed in another column, the subject of which is the approaching complimentary dinner to the university crew. There ought to be no need of urging the students to be present on this occasion and thus show their appreciation of the crew's splendid work last year. But the dinner last fall was such a fiasco and the recent meeting was so poorly attended that it shows the need of an earnest appeal to prevent the coming dinner from being a failure.
It is a positive disgrace that so little has been done by the college to reward the crew for their victories and it will be indeed shameful if this last opportunity for making amends for past neglect be not eagerly seized. Let every one that can possibly do so, sign their names at Bartlett's at once, and let nothing but the most pressing considerations deter any one from being present on Friday night at Young's to give the view a deserved compliment, and to make the dinner in every way a success.