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(Ed. Note--The Crimson does not necessarily endorse opinions expressed in printed communications. No attention will be paid to anonymous letters and only under special conditions at the request of the writer will names be with-held.)

To the Editor of the CRIMSON:

Last year a movement was started suggesting a Sophomore dance for the class of 1931. It brought forth comments that a Sophomore dance was not traditional and that the following year would bring forth the traditional Junior Prom.

Recently (a month ago) President Trainor published a notice to the effect that no Junior Prom would be held in 1930. The principal reason given was that the 1929 Prom was a financial failure. It has also been brought to light that the Freshman Jubilee of the class of 1931 fared badly financially. All of this seems strange--that all Harvard social functions should fall. Is it because of poor management? Is it necessary that most of the class should suffer, because of the failure of certain individuals to manage affairs correctly. Or is it because an insufficient amount has been charged for those attending?

Yale, true to tradition, held its Junior Prom two weeks ago. From Press notices it appeared to be a social success and something to be remembered by the Fair friends of the Class of 1931. True to tradition, Columbia will hold its Junior Prom the last of this month, even though the bids are to cost $15 each. Evidently tradition to them is not costly, despite that price.

I am not doubting in the least the ability of the officers of the class of 1931 to judge what is for the welfare of the class. On the other hand I am merely interested in the feeling of the class itself on the subject. Might I suggest to the officers of the class that a vote be taken on the subject, with inquiries similar to the following:

1. Should a Junior Prom be held this year?

2. If held would you support it?

3. Would you be willing to serve on a committee to work for its success?

4. Would you attend it the cost would not exceed $15 per bid?

5. If not, what price would you suggest feasible?

A majority vote in the affirmative on the first four questions should indicate the fact that the Prom should be held. If it is in the negative, the majority rules. Certainly the class of 1931 will display a greater managerial ability than the present Senior Class did. In such a case success would onsue and the traditional Junior Prom would be perpetuated. John E. Shea Jr. '31.

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