The New York Mail and Express has this fall made an innovation in the form of a weekly column called the "College World." This will co-perate with the college newspapers in exchanging news of interest to the students. We publish the gist of last week's "College World":-
On the 12th of September, Princeton virtually became a university, and President Patton entered upon the duties of the office surrendered to him by Dr. McCosh after his term of twenty years. President Patton's address, "The Princeton of the Future," delivered before a large audience in Marquand Chapel, was remarkable for its liberal and progressive spirit. He urged radical changes in the curriculum and a wider range of electives, matters which the faculty will take into consideration this term. It is the new president's ambition to have a thousand names in Princeton's catalogue.
Continuing, the Mail and Express, seems to believe that the "liberalizing tendencies" and "optional system" have gone far enough. The movement has already been carried so far as to "embarrass the faculty in the arrangement of recitations, and to bewilder the student at the latitude of his possible selections," while at Harvard the unfortunate undergraduate is "practically turned out to grass, to nibble at his own sweet will." The Mail and Express, like a stern parent, suggests in the case of freshmen, that instead of placing the divining rod in the hand of that precious youth, it would be more fitting to apply it elsewhere. While we can hardly agree to all these opinions, there is nevertheless much good sense in this, and we feel that they do not apply to us only because of the unusual maturity of students at Harvard.