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Discussing the demise of Memorial Hall in his recent report President Lowell remarked of the present college generation: "There are, however, signs that they are becoming weary of eating around. In time they will learn that the table is a natural place for social intercourse among civilized people, and they will again appreciate the value of club tables in forming enduring friendships which enrich the value of college and its memories. When they do so, the University will be able to supply a place for them."
The passing of Memorial Hall has very justly called forth regrets from graduates and authorities of the University that undergraduates should apparently acquire habits of vicarious "eating around" in preference to the ancient customs which once enriched the traditions of University life; and there are many students, it is probable, who will echo President Lowell's observation that signs point to a revival of the old arrangement in some new form.
Memorial Hall failed for reasons sufficiently obvious to all those who were closely acquainted with the University. That it has nevertheless left a rift in undergraduate life is beyond question. It is to be hoped that, as President Lowell suggests, the University will take under advisement in the not too far distant future some plan for its replacement, not in the old form so as to revive the old difficulties and objections, but with changes adapted to the transformations in modern Harvard life more centrally located eating half smaller, and not requiring mass attendance for its success even at the present time, when undergraduates are not as tired of "eating around" as they will probably soon become.
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