That college chemistry isn't entirely a matter of bad smells and minor burns is shown by the nearly tragic occurrence which happened at Brown recently. A cylinder containing phosgene corroded and allowed this most dangerous gas to escape throughout the chemistry building. Prompt action on the part of members of the chemistry department saved many people from this menace. One of the professors entered the building equipped with a gas mask and placed the tank in a solution of sodium phenolate to neutralize the gas.
Due to the lack of support of the student body and the magnitude of the over-head expenses the Yale Commons--the Memorial Hall of the Elis--has definitely been closed for the year.
Although Commons has kitchen and serving facilities for two thousand five hundred men, it can accommodate only fifteen hundred men in the dining hall at one time. Therefore, the overhead expense for operating the plant is so great that, unless at least one thousand men are eating there regularly, the operating cost exceeds the receipts.
The management has spared no effort to reduce costs of heat, light, and labor, and still be able to serve food of high quality. It was found that only a small amount of expense could be cut down. They state that Commons cannot be successfully operated until a system is instituted similar to that at the University where a nucleus is formed by compelling the Freshmen to eat in the University dining halls; or similar to that at Princeton where the two lower classes are compelled to eat at the university dining halls.
The experiment made by Yale last year in reviving boxing as an intercollegiate sport, proved successful in every sense and a boxing team will be organized for this coming winter. The Yale faculty approves of the plan to arrange meets with other colleges and five or six will be arranged for Feburary and March.
Edward P. Eagan, who won the middleweight championship at the recent Olympic games, and who won the heavy-weight championship two years ago at the meet in Paris of the American Expeditionary Forces, is again captain.
Only the 115 and 155-pound representatives of Yale graduated last year. The 125-pound champion, E. P. Wood '21, is again a candidate. G. E. Brewer '22 will again be the 135-pound representative, and Gilbert Colgate '21 the 145-pound representative.
The material for the Princeton basketball team this year is unusually promising, as former Captain Hynson '20 is the only man of last year's team who was lost through graduation. Among the men who played last year who have not reported as yet are the following: A. P. Davis '21, M. D. Dickinson '22, A. Legendre '21, H. S. Margetts '21, H. R. Opie '21, A. Wittmer Jr. '22, and C. T. Wood '21.
The men named above, together with Captain Netts '21, composed last year's basketball team, which was second in the League. Princeton narrowly missed winning the championship, being defeated by Penn in the deciding game by the slender margin of one point.
"Androcles and the Lion," by Bernard Shaw, and "The Farrell Case," by Geroge M. Cohan, will be the fall offerings of the Dartmouth Players.
These two plays will be presented in Webster Hall Saturday evening, December 11, as part of the play-a-month program adopted by the Players this year. The performance of "The Farrell Case" will be the first on any stage.
The production of "Androcles and the Lion" will serve to bring into the lime-ligh: several of the popular actors of last year. These are R. D. Mallary '21, J. S. Coonley '23, and W. M. Patterson '23.
As a result of investigation conducted or the past month. Student Board at Columbia has approved the plans presented by the editors of the 1922 Columbia, changing the scope and purpose of that publication. Instead of being a College book, published by the Junior class, it will be made a university annual published by the Senior class and of equal interest to all undergraduates. It will be issued by a board entirely composed of Seniors, with Junior assistants and Sophomore candidates.
In order to effect such, a change, it has been found necessary to make this year's book one of a transitional nature, covering only the essential points of a university annual. The first book to be published in complete conformity with the new policy will be the one which the class of 1922 will issue on May 1 of that year. This will obviate the necessity of the Senior class having a separate book, as the material usually included in such a record will be incorporated in the Columbian.