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Questions About Grandfather's Chair and Harvard Traditions Force Creation of New Information Office


To supply a long-felt need and at the same time to relieve the Office of the Secretary to the University for Information of the burden of answering miscellaneous questions, the General University Information Office has been reorganized, its office in the south end of University Hall redecorated, and a new man, who has had several years experience as messenger and stenographer in the College administration buildings, has been placed in charge. The new institution is under the direction of J. W. D. Seymour '17. Secretary of the Committee for Information.

"The new information office will increase its value and efficiency in proportion to the number of students who use it", said Mr. Seymour in commenting on the reorganized department. "In other words if there are a number of requests for a certain type of information, it will be supplied regularly. This office which may be reached by phone, will be primarily for the service of the undergraduate in answering such questions, as where student functions are to take place, the times of athletic contests and where tickets may be purchased, and the addresses of students in the University."

As Secretary to the University for Information, Mr. Seymour has been the recipient of numerous amusing as well as baffling queries from various parts of the country. One of the most unusual of these was received recently from a group of school children who were studying Longfellow and wished to knew if the "Grandfather's Chair" was still in Cambridge.

Another, and even more difficult request came to Mr. Seymour from another body of younger students who wished to be informed if possible, just how many students are going to graduate from how many colleges and universities this year. Another question which is typical of the kind received very often by this office was worded. "What are the outstanding Harvard traditions!"

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