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The report on the Social Service work done by Harvard men in the past year shows that the University still leads in the number of men engaged in this branch of collegiate endeavor. In general the nature of the work done has been the same as in former years. There has, however, been more differentiation and diversification making it possible to reach more differentiation and diversification making it possible to reach more remote conditions than when all the workers were massed on one or two problems. More intimate study of particular phases and situations has been the result: Especially significant is the increase in juvenile court work, a kind of social endeavor for which the college student is pre-eminently fitted by reason of his age and generally hopeful outlook upon life.

There is one particular detail of the report which attracts our attention and that is the fact that the majority of the men in social service are Sophomores and Freshmen. This condition may be explained as due in most cases to the increasing demands on time made by other activities towards the end of the college career. In some instances it is doubtless due to a frank cooling of ardor for the work after the enthusiasm of the first two years. This we do not regard as an alarming fact. Enthusiasm and sincerity are absolutely essential to real worth in social service. From a man who does not carry interest and conviction in his work, a club of boys will seldom derive much benefit, and it is frequently a mistake for such a man to continue. The CRIMSON believes that the loss in numbers of upperclassmen engaged in social service is more than compensated by the earnestness of those whose activity has not declined with the conflict of other interests. Social service is progressing on its merits to a position of recognized importance in college life.

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