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Yesterday's ruling of the Faculty smacks strongly of an opening move against the Faculty's unofficial colleagues, the tutoring schools. It gives no sign, to be sure, of active hositility, and may be only an isolated bolt. At least it has the merit of having been thrown in the right direction.

The immediate purpose of the amendment is clearly to give potency to the previous regulation, which expressed the same general policy, but in such a fashion that enforcement was impossible. The gist of both readings is that any scholarship man who violates the ruling will be deprived of his honor or stipend, as the case may be. The important changes are these: the peddling of notes has been prohibited for the whole year round, instead of just before examinations; direct mention has been made of the tutoring schools, to make it clear just what sort of traffic is aimed at.

But though the new regulation may be strictly enforced, the crumbling of the parasitic institutions is by no means insured. For even if the schools are entirely dependent upon the undergraduates for obtaining the wares they deal in, they can still draw upon non-scholarship men. The University rightly reasons that the holders of scholarships are more obligated to it than others, and are therefore more subject to its legislation. If, however, the more studious men among the contributors are cut off, the emporiums must inevitably produce less abundantly. But it is doubtful that they will enter a mortal decline just because of this.

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