The class of 1912 will be the last to hold its Commencement festivities under the elms. Steps toward making a more beautiful Yard have been taken in earnest, and after Class Day every elm in the Quadrangle will be cut down, in order to make room for the 64 small red oaks which are now being transplanted. The aged trees have not improved during the past few years and this spring only one or two show any signs of life. The authorities have decided that the elms are hopeless and that they must be removed.
The young oaks are hardy and will spread more than their predecessors. They average now about 20 feet in height and 3 inches in diameter. This group of trees should afford considerable shade within five years, but the nurserymen have calculated that a generation will pass before the new trees attain the size of the elms.
The gardens around many of the buildings have been altered and enlarged. The beds near Thayer and Weld will be entirely replanted with more luxuriant shrubs. In addition to the vines which are being planted in front of the various buildings, ivy and honeysuckle will be grown at intervals along the fences.