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IT is very rare that any of the rumors which are floating about are free from exaggeration or error, yet when they are our only source of information, we have to accept them; and when we hear a report of some decision so mutilated as to seem arbitrary, and out of the proper sphere of a college government, a very bitter feeling is produced, old troubles are raked up, and new stories get into circulation, so that often a very small fire kindles a great deal of matter.
The editorial in the last Magenta in regard to the rumored prohibition of concerts and theatrical entertainments was written in ignorance of the precise action that had been taken by the Faculty on this subject, so that we were, at the time of writing, under a slight misunderstanding, which has since been explained. Still, we cannot repeat too often or too earnestly the suggestion that we then made, that all votes of the Faculty, except those which relate to individuals, should be posted on the bulletin board as soon as they are passed. We asked for this before, and we repeat our request now, feeling fully convinced that it is the only way in which misunderstandings can be prevented, and that harmony between teachers and taught be continued, the promotion of which is as much the interest of the students as of the professors.
Through the kindness of the Dean we have been furnished with the following, - the only vote passed on the subject: "14th December, Voted, That no musical or theatrical exhibition for money be given in public by the students, without leave of the Faculty." It will be seen that this vote is strictly non-committal, and is by no means intended to imply that such exhibitions ever will be allowed; still we no longer have any opportunity to complain that it is a peremptory and complete prohibition.
The vote of the Faculty may have been purposely worded in such a way as to leave that body the opportunity to prevent any entertainments which are out of the usual run. The next step for us to take is for some society that desires to give an exhibition to petition for leave to do so, so that we can discover what the further intentions of the Faculty really are.
There is, besides, another fact, which has not yet been generally known, and which probably led to this provisional prohibition, namely, that numerous letters have been received from graduates of the College protesting very strongly against allowing students to appear in public at all. This is one of those matters in which there is generally a great difference of opinion between graduates and students; in fact, fairs and private theatricals where gentlemen and ladies appear in public for money, however charitable their intentions may be, are beginning to be discountenanced. When a man has been a few years out of college, he changes his mind and thinks that public performances by students ought not to be allowed. We are younger, and many of us do not, perhaps, care so much about maintaining a very high standard of dignity, provided we can amuse ourselves and our friends; but it is necessary, and indeed expedient, to show some regard for the expressed opinion of the alumni. They are expected to take an active interest in the management of the University, and therefore, if a large number of them take the trouble to write to the officers of the College and complain that any action of the undergraduates is unbecoming to their Alma Mater, and should therefore be prohibited, their advice ought to be followed; though in the present case our Faculty perhaps agreed with them entirely.
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