After the unappetizing sight of crowds of families mobbing the Memorial Church for the Seniors' Baccalaureate Sermon, perhaps the next inefficient part of Commencement Week to be considered concerns itself with the habit and practice of Junior Ushers.
Last year 47 members of 1938 received the portfolio, whereupon many never attended a preliminary meeting, others came to say they would be going home for Commencement. In the outcome there proved to be work of a sort not more economically performed by some other agency for about 10 men.
The system of Junior Ushers now in effect should be abolished because a majority of the jobs are mechanical duties which could be more thoroughly performed through an expansion of the regular Commencement Week service force. With this highly organized force the average Junior Usher, even at present, conflicts when he attempts to use his imagination to find work.
Some jobs, such as ushering at chapel or at the stadium, which are deemed of too honorary a nature for a paid hand, could be performed by members of the Student Council or of the House Committees. The number needed for the position is certainly small, and by no stretch of credulity does it total 47 good men and true selected by a more or less random rippling of the pages of a three year old Red Book.