Condemned by all who have any interest in the success of the House Plan, the tutors' table is resisting all efforts to dislodge it from its last stronghold in Eliot House. No attempt at justification is made. Its continued existence can be charged solely to the laziness of three-quarters of the staff of tutors in the House.
One of the primary objects of the House Plan was to stimulate the intellectual development of the student by throwing him into intimate contact with a picked group of instructors. As any one of a dozen utterances by President-emeritus Lowell will demonstrate, the dinner table was intended to be one of the chief occasions for such intellectual stimulation. Clearly, this intention is thwarted if the tutors persistently eat by themselves at a separate table, from which students are indignantly banned.
Eliot House is not the only offender among the Houses, but it is the worst. The tutorial staff of the House is getting free rooms and free dinners in return for a service which it makes not the slightest attempt to fulfill. The responsibility to break up the tutors' table is theirs. If they refuse to accept it, then the Master, Professor Merriman, should take a hand. If he, too, refuses to do anything about it. President Conant should himself intervene to put an end to this iniquitous institution.