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Even though only a Freshman in this great university, I have taken the liberty of following the advice of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, when he said: "Direct they attention to what is said. Let they understanding enter into things that are doing, and the things which do them."
My understanding has entered into an editorial column of yours, re the dinner at Lowell House, and I presume to state that I disagree with the thing which did it. He has shown what appears to one new from other regions as either ignorance or poor taste. Mind, I do not charge; I do not state; I only question. What, precisely, may I ask, is "grotesquely ridiculous" about seating the tutors, the President and guests of the University, the Governor of the state, and the donor of the Houses, upon a dais? Do the students also wish to be elevated to that dais, or do they admit that these people are slightly more important than they? If not, they had better begin at once to rear-range their ideas, because they are out of tune with the rest of mankind. I wonder if the editorialist realizes that in the English institutions after which these beautiful houses are modelled, it is the custom for the dais to be occupied by the men in authority? Or, by any chance, does our complainant feel embarrassed or ill at ease in the presence of those in evening dress? In that case, his dissatisfaction is perfectly understandable. Whether the columnist has shown bad taste or lack of knowledge, I do not presume to decide, but I know that in his attempt to fill up his quota of the two columns, he has not spoken for everyone in the University. Robert G. Melendy '34.