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Junior and sophomore class committees are fighting a losing battle in their expressed purpose of unifying their constituents. Somehow, between the communal living of the first college year and the spirited pageantry of the last, class solidarity is neatly sliced into seven pieces, and all the class dances can't put it together again.
The value of dances as a method of uniting embers of a class is questionable. Furthermore, they divert students from House loyalties, which are considerably more important to the college, and difficult to achieve at the best of times.
On these abortive ventures, the Student Council is lavishing sizable lumps of money. The dances run from almost broke-even to deficits of several hundred dollars, and elections and maintenance of the committees take another share. This year, each committee has been allotted $100 for social affairs, the sophomores receiving an extra $360 guarantee to cover possible deficits.
Class committees were set up two years ago, to foster class unity in those difficult middle years. There is no more unity now that there was then, and about a thousand dollars have been spent. It's about time the experiment was given up.
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