To the Editors of the Crimson:
At the Senior class election today, the members of the class of 1901 will vote on the question of wearing caps and gowns between the spring recess and Commencement. Let me state briefly what seem to me to be the chief points to be considered in deciding this question.
The first is: "Will it benefit the class if we decide to wear caps and gowns?" I believe it will, even though all Seniors do not wear them. As has often been pointed out before, in a large class men do not have an opportunity to know their classmates. If caps and gowns are worn, the Seniors are distinguished from the men of the other classes. Last year it was affirmed that the whole plan would fail, if all the members of the class did not wear the caps and gowns. I say that the plan will be successful, if only half of the class wear them; for those will be known to be Seniors and will be recognized as such. It will not make any difference to those who are so well known that they need no distinguishing mark, and those who are too much ashamed of their class or too indolent to take the trouble--little as it is--may well be left out of account. Those most interested in the class will welcome the chance to wear caps and gowns during the spring term.
It is claimed that the burden of wearing caps and gowns is great. I know from experience that it is very little trouble if the gowns are reasonably short. ANOTHER SENIOR