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To the Editors of the Daily Crimson:
The revival of the series of College Conference lectures prompts me to say a word which you omitted in your editorial on the conferences a few weeks ago. I agree perfectly with that editorial in that it objects that the present set of lectures does not fill the place of those that the college has heard before. The marked difference between the attendance at the present set of biblical lectures and that at those meetings last year on the different professions, is in itself a strong sign that the present set is not filling the need of the students as the former lectures have done.
But now that we have these biblical lectures offered to us, why not make the best of them? The subjects, to be sure, are not those that have the wildest interest for the majority of the students. But it is not always the subject of a lecture that has the most interest for us. Are there not courses in college for which, in themselves, the men who take them care practically nothing, but which are taken merely for the opportunity they offer a man for coming in contact with the instructor? Thsi intimacy with the great characters of the college is not the least of the benefits of a college course. It is in this light that we may look at the present set of college conferences. Some of the broadest minded men of the university are among those that lecture at the conferences, and if the students only bore this in mind, not only would these lecturers have the satisfaction of talking to respectably large audiences, but also the students would derive an immense benefit from this noble and varied intercourse.