It seems only fair to the Executive Committee of the Harvard Dining Association to explain their position in regard to the new regulation forbidding sale of papers and periodicals in the Memorial Transept. Some time ago the Corporation voted that the sale of papers in the hall should be stopped entirely, and communicated their decision to the president of the H. D. A., who laid it before the committee. The committee feeling that such a regulation would entail great inconvenience, protested against the vote and proposed a compromise. The Corporation, convinced that a news stand in the Memorial Transept was eminently unfitting, refused to allow its continuance, but gave their consent to the arrangement which the committee have today made public. To wit:- that the Dining Association take the responsibility of the sale of papers; that the base of supplies be out of sight down stairs; that two boys be employed to sell the papers, one to stand at the door inside the Dining Hall, the other to circulate among the tables.
Thus the Executive Committee have acted for the best throughout, and if there is to be criticism are not the ones to receive it. It does not seem to us, however, that there are grounds for criticism. It is easy to understand how inappropriate, almost sacrilegious, a news stand in the Memorial Transept must seem to many of those in the generation ahead of the college man of today, and further the new arrangement promises to entail no inconvenience. It will be just as easy to buy inside the door as outside, quite luxurious to have the papers brought to one's table, and those who wish to place orders by the month will still have the opportunity of so doing.