At the Colonial Club last evening the regular campaign for contributions for the work of the Phillips Brooks House Association began, when D. C. Hawkins '20, chairman of the Campaign Committee, called together the fifty men composing the three teams who have been appointed to make the collection and gave them instructions regarding their assignments. The funds derived from the collection which was made last fall have been largely used for financing the war work of the Association during the first third of the college year.
The Speakers' Club at 39 Holyoke street was operated by the Association as a canteen and hostess house. Located at a point in close proximity to the Freshman Dormitories, which were serving as barracks for most of the men in the S. A. T. C., this house rendered a valuable service to the men who had only a limited amount of time outside of their military duties for recreation, reading, writing, and hospitality. Through the efforts of the hostess who was located at the house a great many men were entertained at dances, week-end parties, dinners, sight-seeing excursions, and so forth.
With the co-operation of the 47 Workshop the Hasty Pudding Club was secured and well-attended plays were given every Saturday night during November and December until the demobilization of the S. A. T. C.
As is customary, the Association assumed the responsibility for the United War Work Campaign at Harvard and collections were made from the students amounting to $16,523.15 and from the Faculty $23,307.25, making a total of $39,830.39 for the work of the United Welfare activities in the Army and Navy. Also the Red Cross Membership Campaign was successfully managed by the Association and over 400 men were enrolled as members of the Red Cross. Through the efforts of the Association the men in the University responded to a call for clothing for the benefit of the people in Belgium the latter part of November.
The reception for Freshmen was largely attended and the meeting was addressed by President Lowell. Meetings were held also for the Freshmen which were addressed by Dr. Fitch and Dr. Fosdick. Most successful parties were given at Thanksgiving and Christmas time for the men staying in Cambridge over the holidays and the House was kept open and entertainment and refreshments were provided during both holidays for the benefit of fellows who could not go home.
In most respects the month of January has been similar to the first month of a college year. All of the constituent societies of the Association have been reorganized and are now carrying on an active work in the University. The extensive war work which was done by the Association was a great financial burden. The second beginning of a college year has also occasioned a double expense, which must be met by funds which are raised in the collection conducted this week. Men who contributed last fall will not be solicited again unless they desire to contribute, but every man in the University should take advantage of the opportunity which will be offered to him by the collector who visits him