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In rather striking contrast to the article in the New England Magazine on Harvard Clubs and Club Life comes the announcement in the calendar of the other side of Harvard societies. Organizations like the Botanical Club and the Natural History Society also have their place in the life of the college and deserve recognition as a distinct feature of the University. The object of these clubs differs largely from that of the more purely social organizations. Their work to a great extent supplements the work of the college, giving a certain interest to study not always to be found in ordinary college routine, and encouraging a desire for special research. In a sociable way the members of these organizations meet and teach each other much that they would not learn from long study under one professor. The different interests which each of the members feels in the subject under consideration bring out different points of view, many of them very valuable. The work of these college clubs is little recognized outside of the college, although their influence is shown year by year in the increased scholarship of the specialists who graduate from the University.
There is another aspect of these college clubs and of their importance which is little considered, even in the college itself. In this aspect the clubs are of value not to all the members, but only to the officers. The benefit referred to is that of the experience derived from managing the organizations. There is rather apt to be in college a feeling that everything is running on of itself, and that the world needs no urging or even directing. Experience in managing any one of the college organizations, be it the Botanical Club or the 'varsity eleven, does a great deal to destroy the illusion that things run of their own accord. The duties of an officer of one of these clubs may not be very heavy, but they teach him the important principle of responsibility which is all important in after life. This training in management and responsibility which the clubs give, is not, we believe, offered by any other branch of the University.
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