Down by the river a group of steadily growing brick buildings bear testimony to the near christening of the Harkness House Plan. Visitors from New Haven view them with deep interest, and mixed emotions. Harvard is hailed as a scoffer at tradition, is admired through many gallons of printer's ink for her adventurous spirit. Yale has regretted and amended her decision.
We agree that Harvard is doing a fine thing in first adapting the plan to a great men's college. But is the poor female always but to live and do, in silence? The house plan has been an integral part of the construction of most women's colleges ever since their founding. Here at Radcliffe, the class has never been the unit, except for certain extracurricular activities. Freshmen and seniors share terrace steps from the opening days of college, and loyalty is felt to one's dormitory, in intra-mural contests. The house-mistresses are quite frequently graduate students, while at colleges such as Wellesley and Mt. Holyoke, one or several members of the faculty will be in residence at the dormitories. A common dining-room is an integral part of each hall.
Yet Yale was afraid to try such a radical step, and Harvard is brave and aweinspiring to dare all so boldly! --Radcliffe Daily.