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To the Editors of the Daily Crimson:
Whether we are biased or not, many of us are of the opinion that examinations are at best a bad thing. But inasmuch as we have them and are now deep in them, I should like to remark a little on Examinations as I Have Found Them. There are examinations and examinations. In one kind, everyone in the room, even if he is not writing, has a kind regard for the feelings of his fellow man, and nothing happens to interrupt the thought of the workers; in this kind, it is a man's own fault if he doesn't do himself justice, unless he is abnormally nervous. In the other sort, the kind regard for the f. f. m. is not so apparent. The gentlemen who are present but not writing, wander about and give you the annoying impression that they are reading over your shoulder; or they rattle newspapers; or some one comes in and tells one of them a story in plain hearing,-a good story maybe, but not appropriate to the paper; or one of them picks up a blue book after its writer has gone out and reads it and shakes with ill-suppressed mirth thereat. This last is maddening even if it is not your book and you are not supposed to be looking at the reader of it.
For the sake of candor I must confess there are all gradations between these extremes. But others beside myself have noticed that many of the examinations this year are of the kind in which we are bothered in some way that ought to be avoided.