News

Amid Boston Overdose Crisis, a Pair of Harvard Students Are Bringing Narcan to the Red Line

News

At First Cambridge City Council Election Forum, Candidates Clash Over Building Emissions

News

Harvard’s Updated Sustainability Plan Garners Optimistic Responses from Student Climate Activists

News

‘Sunroof’ Singer Nicky Youre Lights Up Harvard Yard at Crimson Jam

News

‘The Architect of the Whole Plan’: Harvard Law Graduate Ken Chesebro’s Path to Jan. 6

THE VERSATILE DEAN

THE PRESS

NO WRITER ATTRIBUTED

("The new dean of the Harvard Law School, James M. Landis, is a versatile entertainer. His favorite trick is to sit atop a quart milk bottle with legs extended, reach to the right and pick a match off the floor, to the left for a cigarette, bring them both to his lips and light them without falling off the bottle."--News item.)

Oh, good Dean Landis is as smooth as silk--

He can sit with case on a quart of milk,

With his legs extended to the north and south

And no visible tremor of his jaw or mouth.

He prefers milk bottles to a cozy chair

He's a versatile and vivacious chap

And he seems content as he's sitting there;

Who doesn't mind acting as bottle cap.

He can reach for a smoke at his nearby right

And reach to his left for the means of light;

Through the parlor trick he will never lurch --

What a dean! What a stunt! What a smoking Perch!

He picked up this trick as a freshman raw --

And look where he's gone in the field of law!

To the chair of the dean in a dizzy hop--

That's a pretty good rise from a bottle top.

To old Harvard Law there's a mighty rush

Of bright young men in a growing crush

To observe where students of law may get--

With a quart of milk and a cigarette!

And they greet the dean on his glassy chair

With their "ohs!" and "ash!" as he's balanced there,

For it clearly shows that a law career

Isn't half as dull as it might appear.

So for Harvard Law let us give a cheer

And its nimble dean who's without a peer!

And a hoot at Yale, where the dean, they say,

Lights a cigarette in the regular way!

--N.Y. "Sun"

Want to keep up with breaking news? Subscribe to our email newsletter.

Tags