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EDITORS DAILY CRIMSON. - The agitation in college circles of the question of cribbing in examinations and theme work, is indicative of an earnest desire on the part of many students to rid college life of all underhanded methods to render impossible the slurs cast upon us by outsiders, and to place the college student in his true position that of a conscientious seeker after an education that has meaning in it. This agitation does not indicate as some public papers have inferred, that cribbing is present to an alarming degree at Harvard. If true comparisons could be made, there can be no doubt that Harvard would be shown to be quite as free from this evil as any other New England college. The manliness evident in all departments of college life, and the maturity of Harvard men, are strong evidences that the vast majority of students would utterly scorn to make use of unfair means to gain an end which is valuable, only so far as it is genuine. While every thoughtful Harvard man will admit this last statement, there can be no doubt that cribbing is practised by many who recognize in it, the only method possible of maintaining their class rank, and that college opinion is not yet outspoken enough to stamp such cribbing as nothing more nor less than cheating. It is this opinion that is unworthy of Harvard, and the question naturally arises, how it can be changed. The faculty is utterly powerless. If more strict police measures are adopted the evil will be stimulated. Is there another way than by interference on the part of students themselves? Would not a trial of offenders by their own mates so fortify the sentiment that should prevail, that a student would think no more of cribbing, even for forty or fifty per cent., than he would of making a plan for hazing? This is a question for students to consider, and this communication is written to ask for opinion either pro or con. There are objections in matters of detail, but is not the plan in its principle, the only one that can be expected to cope successfully with the evil?

J. M. M.

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