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Editorials Another year ha pa ed, another clas is about to grad uate, and another ORACLE has been publi hed . The editorial board hone tly feel that this ORACLE represents its be t efforts, and is the be t O RACLE that has ever been published. The board has tried to profit by the mi takes of previous boards, and next year we hope that the board will profit by our mistakes and turn out a book superior to this one. The finest thing about the pa t year ha been the awakening of the Student Body. The Student Council ha functioned in the past year a it has never functioned before. It created rule to control the Fre hman Banquet, which had in the past been governed by unwritten and mo t unsatisfactory rules ; rule that were so uncertain as to re ult in unsati factory banquets for the past t hree years, and claim of victory by both sides. The present rules worked exceedingly well, and re ulted in having a definite and sati sfactory dec i ion this year. It al o took over the man­ agement of the I nterfraternity Basketball League, paid all the old debts of the league, and closed the season with all bill paid, and a small surplus. This was a noteworthy accomplishment when compared with the results of other years. Another determined, but un ucce sful attempt was made to reform the present evi l of fraternity rushing. Although the rule were not passed, five of the fraternities have sign i fied their intention to postpone pledging next fall until the third W edne day in October. The courage of the fraternities is to be commended and deserve ucce s. I f success does at­ tend their efforts the i nevitable result will be the abolition of the present cut-throat system, and it will be looked back upon as the most sign i ficant event of the past college year. Another reform the writer would l ike to ee would be the abolition of Freshman R ules, other than, perhaps, the wearing of the Freshman Cap. During one's freshman year friends are made regardless of fraternity, and the spirit i n the cla i s of the best. B ut after a squabble or two in sopho­ more class meetings, over real or i magined di crimination_ on the part of the members of one fraternity agai nst the freshman of a nother, we find this friendly spirit becoming a bitterly antagonist ic one. The bad spirit is not confined to the sophomore class, but spreads, and before college is hard ly under way we find one fraternity group suspiciously ho tile of another, and all over a few petty, foolish, childish rules. We can keep freshmen i n their places without resorting to foolish rules t hat the fresh­ men can hardly be blamed for breaking. The college as a whole ought to be able to impress upon freshmen their standing and place h ere. M ust we continue to have t hese rules because other c lasses had them before us ? If we feel the need of preserving triooition then let us keep Bloody Monday Night, but let us do away with those trouble b reeders, Freshman Rules and Sophomore Razoos. The pa t year ha not been overly successful i n athletics. In football a team with championshi p possibilities failed to get going until the final game agai nst Bates. Some stars will be lost to the team, but better breaks should re ult in a State Championshi p next year. Hockey was more suc­ ce sful than ever before, although vve finished at the bottom . Once again Six

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