The strengthening of the system of student employment announced in today's news columns is one of the most important changes that has been brought about in the University in some time. It is distinctly a democratic alteration.
Under the old plan Mr. Cram administered the Student Employment Office and at the same time served as Secretary to the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Every year he has placed large numbers of students in remunerative positions. But University 9 has never pretended to be more than a clearing house, putting employers with vacant positions in touch with students who wanted to work. The chief difficulty was that the number of men who could be placed was limited by the number of vacant positions that came to the notice of the office.
The new plan proposes to establish an active agency with Mr. Daly devoting his entire time to the placing of students who want employment. It ought to be possible for every ambitious student without funds to work his way through Harvard. No effort should be spared to assist the kind of man who wants an education badly enough to work for it. This is to be the object of Mr. Daly's work.