The 1910 Nominating Committee has very wisely included in its election schedule the provision which was instituted last year in regard to the election of the Secretary with the members of committees. In the life of the class after graduation the Secretary is the most important officer, though in popular estimation the marshalships carry more prestige. By providing that men defeated in the first elections may still be put up for Secretary the range of choice is made to include all the available men in the class.
Another precaution which each class must take for itself in regard to this office is the selection of a man who is going to live in the vicinity of Boston. On its face such a narrowing of choice would seem to be undemocratic and tending to sectionalism, but the experience of those who have had most to do with alumni affairs has shown again and again that a Secretary of only ordinary attainments living in close proximity to Boston is a more valuable officer than a brilliant man who resides at a distance. Since the centralization of alumni interests it has become more than over important that the Secretary should be located where he is in constant and close touch with the office of the Alumni Association.
it is, of course, impossible to guarantee that any man elected to the place will always reside near the University, but by giving attention to the matter each class can be reasonably sure of having a Secretary who through family connections or other associations is quite certain to be permanently established near the centre of class interests.