The CRIMSON takes pride in pointing to those Harvard graduates who have been nominated for office and who are to be voted upon today. Although it is hardly within the province of a college newspaper to take issue upon the political questions about which today's election is centered, yet the great popularity of government courses here at Harvard leads to the belief that questions connected with modern public administration are of interest to a large proportion of undergraduates. Today those who are registered as voters will have the opportunity,--and for many it will be the first opportunity--to use their knowledge in this field to practical advantage.
The proposed Cambridge charter which has been framed in large part by members of the University Faculty is a concrete example of the kind of service which men trained in the theory of government are able to perform in behalf of the improvement of local political conditions. The proposed charter includes provisions for a number of the most successful of the changes that have been made of late in city government, the commission plan of administration, the initiative, referendum and recall, the short ballot and preferential voting. If accepted and administered in the right way, the proposed charter should put Cambridge among the best governed cities of the country and would make it possible for students of the University to study the most approved methods of government at first hand.