A recent editorial in the Daily Princetonian concerning the work of the Undergraduate Schools Committee at Princeton calls attention to the need of organizing this sort of work at Harvard. The school and territorial clubs are all too apt to languish through lack of purposeful activity until their finances become merely entertainment funds. If these clubs are to be anything but social organizations, they must realize that their chief duty is to make and keep their section or school well acquainted with Harvard. What is being done along this line at Princeton is presented in the following excerpt from the Princetonian:
"Not many years ago practically the only Princeton literature ever distributed among the preparatory schools of the country was the Freshman Bible, a Bric-a-Brac every other year or so, and occasionally a sort of nondescript pamphlet of "University Views." During the past four or five years, however, and especially since the organization of the Undergraduate Schools Committee, matters have been greatly improved. In addition to the systematic distribution . . . . of all the regular college publications, a new plan is now on foot for editing a handbook which will contain concise information intended primarily for the benefit of Princeton sub-freshmen . . . . but also to arouse interest among men not strongly prejudiced in Princeton's favor. This work is being carried on entirely under the supervision of the Undergraduate Schools Committee."
In many sections and schools prevalent misconceptions of Harvard, as self-sufficient, indifferent, undemocratic, is largely due to a lack of reliable information about existing conditions. The alumni clubs are effective agents in carrying out the good work of education, but there is ample opportunity for undergraduate organizations to work with them and to reach into unoccupied country. A great amount of material for distribution is at hand; systematic co-operation on the part of the existing clubs will send it at small expense of time and money to places where it will be effective in bringing the best men to the University.