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The History of Harvard's Commencement, Explained
It has never been possible for Harvard to adopt the plan of class segregation which at Yale has been the chief means of building up a deep and inclusive college spirit such as Harvard--at least since the time of its recent tremendous growth--has not known. President Lowell has two plans for bringing about College unity which will have distinct advantages over the Yale scheme. The first of these is Freshman dormitories; the second is the thing for which the class of 1913 is now responsible--the Senior dormitories.
Within the memory of the two upper classes we have had an example of what a class may do to harm itself by allowing a number of agitators to keep up that distinction which is non-existent if nominating committees and class members would only choose to see it so--that between the Yard and the "Gold-coast." There is no reason under the sun for making such a distinction and it does perhaps more than anything else to harm Harvard in the eyes of the outside world. The best way to avoid the split which has destroyed more than one class in the past is to have a class spirit with the Senior dormitories as a foundation. The classes of 1911 and 1912 bear witness to what the Senior dormitories can do for a class. Managing the allotment of rooms is the most important work the class of 1913 does this year; it is one of the few things that it has ever had a chance to do as a class, and we cannot urge too strong support for the Dormitory Committee from the class at large.
The Corporation has already gone to great expense in providing the present four Senior dormitories with modern conveniences. It is announced this year again that if there are enough applicants to fill Hollis, Stoughton, Holworthy, and Thayer, the Corporation will remodel an entry of Weld in the same way. If 1913 is to keep up the record of the last two classes it will be necessary. We hope that every 1913 man will turn out for the smoker in the Union on Friday night and will hear from President Lowell himself the importance of the place of the Senior dormitories in University life.
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