The recent organization of the Phillips Club is unique in that it comprises the union of two preparatory school clubs: those of Exeter and Andover Academies. A glance at their history shows that they have had rather an uncertain existence. Although the Exeter Club was founded a long time ago, it did not begin to flourish until within the last few years, several energetic Exeter alumni in College combined for the purpose of putting the club on its feet and raised enough money to establish it in rooms of its own. The Andover Club has suffered mainly through scarcity of members. Both these clubs found that Harvard was not sufficiently well-known or was misrepresented at the respective schools and they conceived the idea of reorganizing under one head for more effectual service to their schools and to the University.
The new organization is, therefore, much more substantial and effective, combining the forces of the two separate clubs. It can carry out more thoroughly its purpose of promoting mutual interest and closer relations between the two schools and the University. This is of particular importance among the Freshmen and it goes far to give them a right start by uniting them and offering an opportunity to meet men from the opposite school. The Freshman from any school is glad to have such a place to go, where he will first of all find friends. He may also be helped materially in preparing for College by getting advice from the experience of an interested undergraduate in regard to choice of rooms, courses, and so forth.
Such a commendable organization should receive the heartiest support from all Exeter and Andover men. It is a fine example of efficiency for other preparatory school clubs to follow. It fulfills appropriately the time-honored saying among the members of the two academies: "Honorable foes while at school, close friends at college."