The Yard is at last cloistered. Unless one lives in the buildings which do the cloistering he is remote from all those attributes of worldliness which make Harvard Square--Harvard Square. The buildings of the School of Business Administration face the freshman dormitories with sufficient aggressiveness and vigor, and allow him who would decry over-emphasis on brick the pleasure of gazing upon pastry facades in stucco. And what is more to the point, the seniors who would rest their worried heads on goodly hair mattresses may do so at the expense of the University. Ring out, ye bells (and there is one which can ring out--in Dorchester) and rejoice ye people! The University is prospering.
And yet it cannot be said that even now sufficient bricks have met sufficient bricks in the formation of what is Harvard University. Nor will that be the case for some time to come. Until there is adequate equipment for indoor athletic exercise, basketball, swimming, indoor track, Harvard still needs buildings. Furthermoree, it is characteristic of a University that it expand to meet the needs of its time and of its community. The building of Harvard is not finished yet.
But in believing this and working toward the continued mechanical and structural facilities of the college and University one must never forget that all this is but the carapace in which may or may not live a vital being. That being must be a functioning, purposive entity, the function and the purpose of whose existence is the educating of young men for their life after graduation. So in the comfort which already is possessed and in that further comfort which undoubtedly must come, one must remember that his particular duty as a member of Harvard is to keep the comfort of more bricks in nice and orderly Colonial Georgian from cloistering too completely his efficiency as a Harvard student.