If one of Mr. Babson's graphs were drawn to illustrate the various activities at Harvard, some calling for the undergraduate's time and some for his money; the latter group would be completely dwarfed by the former. Consequently when an appeal is made for contributions it merits a good deal of consideration. Such an appeal is the annual drive of Phillips Brooks House f.r funds.
From men who have been here a year or more, the collectors will have no difficulty in obtaining funds; but some of the new students may not have learned as yet what Brooks House stands for. In the first place, it sends over four hundred men each year to do social service work in the thirty or more Community Houses about Boston. In the University, it is the center for ten of the religious societies. As an organized Information Bureau it helps several hundred men to find rooms, and answers any questions puzzling the new students. At the beginning of the year, it sees that every man in the Freshman class is visited by some upperclassman to aid him in getting to 'know the ropes".
Phillips Brooks House does more than minister to the religious and philanthropic needs of the University. Together with its branches in the graduate schools, through its library, its gatherings during the year, its dinners at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and in half a dozen other ways. Brooks House keeps a friendly eye on the interests of all members of the University, graduate and undergraduate alike. The fact that some may not use the facilities is no reason for not supporting it. Every man has obligations to his fellows and to the community. Most of these are taken care of for him by Phillips Brooks House, and Brooks House can take care of them only if it has financial backing from everybody.