One's first feeling on hearing it suggested that the Tree Exercises be given up is of instinctive opposition. That Harvard should have to relinquish an old custom even if grown degenerate, and further the location which has become associated with that custom, seems at first sight must be avoided at any cost. Consider, however, what to the college man of today is an old custom. To the majority it is simply one which ruled in their Freshman year, so shifting is the college community, and so soon are traditions formed. To call the actual exercises around last year's tree an old custom seems a bit ridiculous to the grad of but half a dozen years standing, and to designate those of six years ago in the same manner, equally so to the the alumni of the seventies. Thus to give up the Tree Exercises as they were last year does not appear such an unpardonable sacrifice of old traditions.
To move entirely away from the old enclosure is, at first sight, an infinitely harder step to take than to modify the exercises in the same place. Even if the exercises are degenerate, the associations of the place still remain. But after all is not a move inevitable, and illustrative of the expansion of the College? Let Seniors look at the old place and consider the law laid down by the Corporation, and they will see clearly that there is no room for improvement over the ill success of last year. The courses which lie open are either to move to a location which will satisfy the Corporation, and where those who have considered the matter agree that suitable exercises can be held, or to remain with no chance of improvement and see '99 or 1900 forced to the change. The CRIMSON will always regret the necessity of such a change but believes it inevitable. We therefore request all Seniors to think the matter over carefully, feeling convinced that they will concur in our opinion that it is the sensible course to pursue.