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Concerning Class Secretaries


"The approach of the Senior class elections renders it timely to say a word in regard to the importance of choosing the best possible class secretary. This word has so much more to do with graduate than with undergraduate relations that it should be said in the Bulletin.

"The class secretary is the officer, upon whom the class will largely depend for coherence, enthusiasm, and direction during its career after graduation. The office is no sinecure. It should be filled by a person who keeps constantly in touch with his classmates; he should know how to collect and edit news for the Class Reports, which means that he should have experience in the details of printing and proof-reading; his acquaintance should be as wide as the class, not limited by the interested of any set, club, or clique.

"The labor involved in keeping track of the 700 or 800 men, graduates and non-graduates who constitute the rock over whom the modern class secretary serves as the shepherd, is very great. It usually happens that when Seniors elect their secretary they have little idea of his duties, or of the qualifications of a the man they select. Sometimes, the class secretaryship seems to be given as a consolation prize to a candidate who failed to get a marshalship. Occasionally, a popular athlete finds himself landed in a position which he accepts as a token of the good will of his classmates, before he understands the strenuous duties it involves--duties for which be may have neither taste nor aptitude. During the past dozen years several secretaries have been chosen who reside in distant cities. Experience shows that distance is an almost insuperable handicap, both in collecting news and managing class reunions. We have before us letter from two distant secretaries both conscientious and willing men, who deplore their handicap. One of them says: 'Never again allow a man who lives far from Harvard to be elected secretary. It isn't fair to him, or to his class.' Nearness to Cambridge does not necessarily make a man a good secretary, but it is one of the desiderate Fitness for the special work of collecting and editing class news, and of welding the class together, are others."--Alumni Bulletin.

Criticizers Cheering at Yale Game.

Editor, Harvard Alumni Bulletin:

In view of the "era of good feeling" which has happily been inaugurated in athletics between Harvard and Yale, may it not be in order to suggest to our "friend, the enemy" that it is time to give up the concerted efforts to "rattle" our players? Whenever Harvard had the ball on the Yale side of the field during the recent game in the Stadium, the Yale crowd set up a great noise, in order to drown, if possible, the signals given to the Harvard team. So also, whenever Brickley prepared to make a drop or place kick, the Yale "rooters" burst forth in shouts and cat-calls in their effort to "rattle" him.

According to all reports, this practice never reached higher perfection than at the final baseball game in Brooklyn last June, when the Yale supporters constantly guyed the Harvard pitcher and each Harvard player who came to the bat.

Of course this is not sport; its proper designation would be unpleasant for a Harvard man to write. If the practice, though wholly unjustifiable, helped Yale teams to win, it would seem like "squealing" for a Harvard man to suggest that it be discontinued. In view of the fact, however, that during the last six years Harvard has beaten Yale three times and tied her twice at football, and has won four out of the last seven annual series in baseball, and six races in succession at New London, it is evident that "rattling tactics" have not produced the effect desired at New Haven. Not only Harvard men, but neutrals who belong to neither university, and a saving remnant of Yale men themselves, deprecate a practice which mars the pleasure of witnessing athletic contest. Verbum sap.  SPORTIOUS ANTIQUUS. (Reported from Alumni Bulletin

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