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In its editorial column the Monthly has has touched upon an important point, the recognition of scholarship at Harvard. As matters stand now there is very little incentive to high scholarship outside of pecuniary aid. There are, to be sure, the degrees with distinction, but just who holds them is only known to those "who look on the back of their Commencement program or who take the trouble to look in the newspapers the next morning. Some recognition more marked than this is needed. At the presentation of degrees on Commencement Day it is impossible, of course, to call up each of the class separately, but if some arrangement could be made by which those who had degrees with distinction could receive special recognition, a great point would be gained. They might, for example, occupy some prominent position in the procession, and take such places in Sanders Theatre that they could easily be called up to receive their degrees in person. Then, too, there might be some distinguishing mark about the dress, something to show that such and such men are those who have attained the highest grades of scholarship in their college course.

People point to the Phi Beta Kappa as an incentive to high scholarship. It would be much more of an incentive if it were better known by the students. The stirring spectacle of the annual meeting of the graduate members of the society in Sanders Theatre, that splendid gathering of what is most learned and most revered in old Harvard, a sight which is in itself enough to fire 'many a young man with ambitions of scholarship, comes unfortunately at a time when there are very few undergraduates in Cambridge to see it and have their ambitions aroused. In this way there is lost not only that incentive to excellence which the Phi Beta Kappa could give, but also that respect which should come from the rest of the undergraduates for a Phi Beta Kappa man.

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