A revival of undergraduate debating by the reanimation of one of the recently extinct clubs is a project which should find many supporters. It should especially commend itself to those who are taking courses in argumentation and in public speaking, for such a club will provide the opportunities for informal debating which a College course cannot afford.
If we understand rightly the conditions under which the Agora and the Forum ceased activities a few years ago, the chief reason why debating failed was that the control of the two societies was allowed to fall into the hands of a small group of men whose leadership was unpopular. If a debating club is to attract members from more than a limited section of the student body its officers should be so chosen that they will represent a number of different interests. Under a representative set of officers, and with competitions for places on the University teams and for the various prizes to stimulate interest, undergraduate debating should take on a new lease of life.