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; ronTLAND, ohegoh sunday morning, august a .
Abolition of Glubs dt Trinceton , TiKst SeD : . r
.Toward Complete l)eniocicicu cf Colleqes -: l.J
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0$SIBLY 'bur '
y o un g men
' way An o ,.
. study at coU ;
A - lege- in . fu-
' Have you
Atanf A die- :
turn? Like a , .
bombshell it ,
Aa j crashed
1 row A jijV
LiJfc As vo- .
kj of the . .
Minute Men, "
if ai proba
bly go on re-
verberat in g
around ' the
fA cA .' -
- which has been in so many cases one of the
main incentives to attending America's larg-
est colleges this and the total abolition vf i
caste, so dear to the junior and senior, is
what the thunders proclaim!; A committee,'
of which President Woodrow Wilson is -chairman,
has so advised? and the idea has '
.' been adopted by the Princeton trustees 'in-clud'wg-ex-President
According to this plan, either the thir-'
teen college clubs at Princeton must ! be '
abolished, or the clubhouses must be turned
, over" to the college, to be presided over by
' prdfessors and to be occupied by the.de-'.-"(
spUei freshman and sophomore on terms of '
equality xvith the higfhcaste men who built
end furnished them.
One of these clubs represents $12$,-:
OOO; others are nearly as luxurious;! their,
aggregate value is about $500,000. -Membership
in them is regarded as a greater
mark of distinction than taking class honors -in
studies.' In fact, in the opinion of Dr.
' Wilson, the college has come to be a sort of '
, tail to the club kite. .Vt.;s,r
v:: Back of the Princeton innovation lies . '.
1 a modern tendency to make a business of
going to college, to abolish such romantic
tdeas 'as hazing and secret societies and to -substitute
the ; methods of the corpordtion.
; ffll the members of the student body
tubmitt ; Or will; they fight f This cannot
be told until September, when the trustees"
and students try to f 'get (together" on the
' club aucsti$nV l(Y''fs; '' hi ' .
Meanwhile, undergraduates and grad-
vates all crier, the country are excited to the .
eruptive 'point for . if the ' plan works at 7
mceton whys should it not become ten-
2. ' C5?S '
S NOTABLE, as the develoDinent of tha
.Americftn college itself Las been the
.rgrowth.bf the college club. Bach a big 1
. iisUtution httfi it become that to abolish ;
it will mean nothing short of a social reroluiion.
And the abolition will probably not be ac
complished without, a struggle. Come it must,
for the force of reform hare gone too far to
permit of retreat. ' , :;v " : ' ,
. Anj one who has been to college or had an
opportunity of studying college life can readily
realize what it would mean to have the club de
stroyedand this is but an incident in the rTO
lution proposed, t ,-. y " ; v ,
Luxuriously settled back into the deep up
holstering of an antique chair, pipe hanging com-
f ortably from lips, eyes closed in rtwerie or
perusing 'a piece of light literature this is how
you may see the "chappie" in the lounging room.
Or you may see him in the game room en
gaged in a game of billiards, bridge o-' dominoes ;
or dispotting'himself at the piano, or enjoying
the conyersation ef friends in the reception '
room. ' ' '-1 -'.' - ';,,' ' .' ''.'' " ' '' ' ;.-
Can you picture this august individual- lit'
ing lu a sort Of dormitory a "quad" under the"
eye of a member of the faculty, where his reverie "
would be broken by the rasping voice of the un-V
polished ul reshie," and his leisure supplanted by
workt A.-... . ' - - -
But more horrible atill can yon . for the
life of yon conceive of his sitting down "to table
with under-class men, saluting them as equals,
even sharing his room with them I
Nothing ever attempted in America s col
egiate annals would equal in radicalism these
things which Princeton declares must come to
pass. . .. '
The club is a place for enjoyment. Natural-
ly . re prefers it to. hard study. But add to ,
this the fact that none but the elect may be ad-
n r mm . m . . 5
"i.VS "' 't ' '
Room in the Ivy Club ,t
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tfl Typical vTVinccton -'Dormitoru
''y -Wi'i.A 'l t,. if' ' WA' i;-A.. ii,,t.
Cottaqe Club at ,Pnaceiori -
' Coat- "mood " n
. .f . :; ...j, ,' -j v v' ' " - , "
mitted to a swell college club, that for a'ctuidi-
' date to be blackballed is a calamity that may
ruin his'aftef life;, that a freshman or. sopho
more cannot be a member, no matter how noble
' his f ami It o how worth v hiojalf and you ban
- ij "n n.:.,,v .v, .v.i . too to aitf turn, ihi
v'T:w .11 ' dctaU the plan for changing tl, ,
. .. big-eolleges.' . ,:. " -. "
. That one goes to college to study is the
1 1 natural assumption ; but, surprising as it seems,
'' college professors declare that this is not so
. that the majority of young people go to enjoy
the social life. ' j K .,, . ' A
, Last winter this matter was considered at r
, Princeton, the big New Jersey university which '
since 1739 it was the fourth institution of
learning established in America has been turn- J
ing out scholars who have won credit for them-
selves and their alma mater. ' " ,
i It was presented to the trustees, of whom
Grover Cleveland is one, by. Woodrow Wilson, '
PhD., LittBy LL.TV who since his election to
the presidency of the college, in 1902, has been
working steadily toward democracy. lie is pur ;
suing a well-denned purpose to constitute as the'
' chief aim of college life the acquiring of learn;
- ing, and to make one's desire and ability to learn.
not his social standing, the supreme and sole '
- : gauge of his success. v ' ' :.
Prior to his coming, a long step toward.
,. . democracy had been taken in providing for five j
, graduates of the college, by' election of the grsd-;
nates, to hold membership on the board of trus
: tees. This was hitting at caste above the stu
dent body it was a blow to fossilized notions)1
in the brains of men long out of college per f
-. hips never at college who directed the affairs
v of the university. : '
- And then , there was t another Innovation
which was designed as a gentle hint to the stu-
dents that nothing should -be placed before the
- academic side of their college life.
. Now, before one matriculates at Princeton
he must sign this pledge:, ' .,
' W,' th. under!Til. flo Indlrldxially nl for ,
. ouralva promlM, without mny mental reservation. .
that w. will h.v. no eonncctlon vhittmr with toy ,
ort Mclty, nor b. present at the raeetliiKa of i
. any aecret aoclety, of this or any other inmuutloit I
; so long as we are members ot frlnceton Vnlvereity. '
. This in itself was an innovation soarwly t
be excelled by the proposition to abolish clubs,
for in almost every big college there are chap--
ters with all sorts of incongruous names, bounI
by oaths, where bizarre initiations takif place and
Afsntastio ritps are held. Vhen the students suh
,, mitted to this, the professors thought tlicy eoul I
safely carry the work of ."reform" farther.
Well, the trustees told President Vi! ; '
go ahead with his plan, and aptjoflitol a 0
tee to aid him. lhis committee Im.e rT'
CONTIXUED ON IS.