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To the Editor of the CRIMSON:
I am sorry to see that the article on the Houses in the October 26 issue of the Harvard Alumni Bulletin is considered a true expression of the present status of the House plan in such publications as the Yale Daily News. Inasmuch as the author has had almost no experience in House affairs, I think that the article should be taken rather as the literary exercise that it is than a competent statement of facts.
One cannot in brief space refute the various contentions given. It is sufficient to point out that the type of individualism of each unit expected has been misunderstood. We do not look for, and we have not got distinctive educational marks of variation, nor have we the emblems and external paraphernalia that the more imaginative of the backers may have desired. But the choice of Freshmen shows that careful observers can and do see the good and bad points of the several units. No clouded eye, is needed to see that the Lowell music library has already won a reputation as one of the best in the East. No one who has played on the House football field will deny that a victory for Lowell means a great deal to the players and to spectators. If we can attain at least a community of spirit, of which this is evidence, and if we can provide facilities which would otherwise be lacking, and of this ability there is no doubt, we must be satisfied.
I think it is evident that the House plan has accomplished this: whereas students used to live in isolated quarters they now are brought together and have the opportunity of meeting a great number of their follow students and instructors. If they do not care to do so, heaven and earth will not move them. We have conclusive proof that more than half of the members of Lowell do take an active interest in House affairs. Yet we will press no one who does not wish to be included. This opportunity of voluntarily meeting with other members of the University, of discussing problems with them, of playing together in informal athletic contests, is a significant feature of the House plan which has undoubtedly borne fruit. Arthur W. Todd '35.
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