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The old Cambridge is looking to the new fer moral support! From England comes the news that by a vote of 904 to 713 the plebiscite conducted by Cambridge University has rejected a propo a to admit women on equal terms with men. A debate at the Union and a straw vote showed that the undergraduate opinion was strongly against women entering the University. While the teaching staff was evenly divided, the graduates' vote confirmed the verdict of the student body, with the resultant defeat of the proposal.
Cambridge in its loneliness, for Oxford takes the other stand in this matter of admitting women within its portals, points to the United States as evidence of its good judgment. "We should like to see women with a greater university of their own," said Sir Geoffrey Butler, Fellow of Corpus Christi. "In America women are proud to have their own universities and would hate to have men hanging around." And he points to Radcliffe students as doing just this. "They would think it most unprogressive to form a little part of Harvard, for instance instead of founding their own tradition."
Though "some of the most enthusiastic of the younger Cambridge men would like to have women here in their own university--sharing its treasures, such as the library, and working in the laborate ries," the fact remains that this conditions must not endure. Let the women start a university of their own, like Radcliffc; this would be far better even than Oxford, where of course the men will be "hanging around."
So, Harvard in its worthy conservatism is supporting old Cambridge against the inroads of the feminine world; Radcliffe is held up to English girls as a model of what should be. Sir Geoffrey seeks no further evidence from America; or is it a rare tact that restrains him from even a whisper of that civil was that is raging "far above Cayuga's waters?"
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