Class Officers

To the Editors of the CRIMSON:

We should like to throw some light on the "callous disinterest" shown by the members of the Junior class toward the elections begun last Tuesday. As members of that "group within the class," evidently comprising a large percentage, we frankly admit that our next class officers mean absolutely nothing to us personally.

While the present system obtains, we fail to find any incentive for casting a vote in the class elections. There is no platform; there are no issues to be decided. Personal preference, then, is the sole reason for forming a decision; and when that does not exist, as it generally does not, the inducement for casting a vote disappears.

The remedy would not seem unattainable. Though platforms and politics may not have a place in class politics, it should be possible to effect some arrangement whereby the candidates could impress their personality, which is to say their claim to office, on the electorate. Be this by speeches at smokers, printed articles, or some other method, the plan deserves consideration.

It is not at all necessary that the candidate should dissertate on his own merits or virtues, in order that his classmates may become acquainted with him. But isn't it only fair that a class officer, or a candidate for class office, should be more than a name on a slip of paper?


There is but one other alternative to the present system. To save us from the stigma attached to breach of loyalty to the class, the Student Council might elect the officers themselves. That would not necessitate a radical change from the present system, and would at the same time save the trouble of establishing any relationship between the class and its officers. B. F. JONES '22.   N. A. HALL '22.