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: the club .life
which has been in so many cases one of the
main incentives to attending America s larg"
est colleges this and the total abolition of
caste, so dear to the junior and senior, is
wnat the tnunaers proclaim. - a commxuee,
of which' President IP 'oodrpw Wilson is
chairman; has so advised, and the. idea has '
been adopted by the Princeton trustees 'in
eluding ex-President Grover Cleveland. ' -'
ccorMnf-iothis' plant'eith'ef 'the thir-:
teen college ? clubs" at Princeton must . be
abolished, of the clubhouses must be turned
, over" to the college, to be, presided over by ,
f prdfessors and to . be occupied by the de ,
spued freshman and sophomore on terms of
equality with the highaste men who built
end furnished them. . -,
One of these club's ' represents $I2$,
000; others are nearly as luxurious; their
aggregate value is about $500,000, 'Mem v
bership 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 feme to be a sort of '
tail to the club kite: B4if
, Back of the Princeton innovation lies
a modern tendency t& make a business of
going to college; to abolish! such romantic
substitute; thmjttbbds of the corporation.
$JJffiMenfemjb'ers of the student body
tubmitf, :- Orlwillthey fight f This cannot
ve told until fieptembert when thi r trustees"
and students i try? 'to-"get together" on the
club ques'tiQnl ' f , ' , - ,
Meanwhile, under graduates and trad
uates all opeft the country are excited to the '
" eruptive pointy for if the plan works at .
xnceton why should tt not become gen
'raff ; v.-?
S 'NOTABLE, as the development of tli '
American- college itself has been the
growth, 6f ,the: college duK; Such a big 1
. . .jnsutmion ht$ 1 become that to abolish
it will mean' no thinff, short of a social revolution.
Andthe abolition will probably not be ac
complished without, a struggle. Come it must,
fox the forces of reform hare gone too far to 1
permit of retreat.
: Any 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-
stroyed and thia is but an incident in the revo-
Tlution proposed. .
Luxuriously settled back into the deep up- '
holstering of an antique chair, pipe hanging com
f ortably from : lips, eyes closed in . reverie s- or '
perusing n piece of light literaturethis ia how .
you may see the "chappie" in the lounging room. ,
Or you may" see hint in tie game room en- , v
gaged in a game of billiards, bridge o dominoes; '
or disporting'himself at the piaio, or enjoying ;
the conversation ; of friends in the reception '
. Oan you picture this august individual liv
ing in a sort of dormitory a f'quad" under .thev
eye of a member of the faculty, where hia, reverie "
would be broken by the rasping voice of the un-v
polished ui reshie," and his leisure supplanted by
'.workt"'', r v .'v "j" -
But more horrible etill ;an you; for the 1
life1 of you conceive of his sitting down to table ' '
with under-class; men, saluting them as equals,
even sharing his room with them t
Nothing " ever attempted in America's col-
AfnatA utmalfl would eOlial , in-radi'c&liaTn tbMA .;.!
"things which Princeton declares must come to
1 The club is a place for enjoyment. Natural-
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ly,., .ne prefers , it to. hard study. .But add to .
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ruin his 'after life that a freshman or . sopho-4
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his family or how worthy luWf -and you Yan
which Voon'tackia by all of AS
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"i - - That one goes to college to study ia the . 1
.. natural assumption: but, surprising aa it seems,
college professors declare that thu ia not so s
that the majority of young people go to enjoy
the social life. - '
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 1
selves and their alma mater.
It was presented to the trustees, of whom:
Grover Cleveland is one,' by;, Woodrjw Wilson, )
PhD., IittJ)H LLDH who since his election to!
Jhe presidency of the college, in 1902, has been
working steadily toward democracy. He is pur- .
: - suing a well-defined purpose to constitute as tha ;
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 sola "
gauge of his success. - i. - " ,
Prior to his comingy a ' long v step toward1
,. democracy had been taken in providing for five 1 -graduates
of the college, by election of the grad , ,
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'
in, the brains of men long out of college per-f ,
, hips never at college who directed the affairs t
of the university. 'r i ' '
, And then , there was . 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:. '
"' ' Wb,' the underslfrned, flo Individually and tat ,
' ourselves promts, without any mental reservation,
. that we wilt have no connection whatever with any ; v
secret society, nor be present at the meetings of i
any secret society, of this or any other institution I
, ,; so ions aa we are members of Princeton University. '
. This in itself was an innovation scarcely t9
be excelled by the proposition to abolish clubs,
for in almost every big college there are chap-V
ters .with all sorts of incongruous names, bound
j.uwwu nieti .are neiu. unen xne siuuenu suo-
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safely carry the work of "reform" farther.
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