New Rule for Lampoon Competition.


[We invite all men in the University to submit communications on subjects of timely interest.]

To the Editors of the CRIMSON:

It has been a rule of long standing that a candidate cannot become editor of both the Monthly and the Advocate. The reason for this rule is obvious and scarcely requires an exposition; but it is not obvious why a student may not compete in more than one of the four journalistic activities which College life supplies. Nor is it quite evident why the Lampoon has lately taken the selfish stand of debarring an undergraduate who has made the Advocate or CRIMSON from its own editorial staff. The three papers are as much alike as a hobby-horse, a Boston cab-horse, and a full-blooded racer. They are all means of conveyance.

It has been ingeniously argued that an undergraduate cannot devote sufficient time to more than one paper. This is the thinnest nonsense. A man who has brains enough to make all three papers is probably clever enough to be of advantage to all of them.

Such a policy "de guerre" as that of the Lampoon is unaltruistic and selfish. It clogs ambition, narrows the scope, and cabins the aspiration.

It is to be hoped that the new board of editors of the Lampoon will change their course. 1913.