Next Tuesday will be only Washington's Birthday to those Harvard students who will dutifully loaf in honor of the Father of Our Country. But out in Cincinnati, next Tuesday will be lot more than a yearly holiday. For on that date, some thirteen Harvard Clubs will gather there for the first annual meeting of the Regional Harvard Clubs of five middlewestern states.
Of the 70,000 or so Harvard graduates now officially listed, the Cincinnati gathering will amount to only a small percentage--but it will be a representative group, and therein lies its importance. Harvard's heterogeneous brood is scattered throughout the world. Thus, except for a brief splurge at their twenty-fifth reunion, far too few of this brood can ever get back to the old Yard or the new Houses for a visit or renewal of contact with their Alma Mater; business pressure, distance, inertia, or a thin wallet sec to that. Yet it is vitally necessary that Harvard alumni do maintain a thread of contact with the University from year to year. This makes for a stronger Harvard, and for better graduates in the future. Furthermore, it gives graduates a chance to meet again with old classmates in their own region. No one will deny the value of such regular contacts.
Lastly, on Tuesday next, Harvard men in the middlewest will be able to see President Conant. And, just as important, President Conant will be able to see a lot of Harvard men he might otherwise not encounter, and Harvard itself will be the beneficiary of any new ideas there developed.
With this thought preeminently in mind, The Crimson is proud to extend to this Cincinnati meeting of Regional Harvard Clubs its sincerest good wishes and its hope that such organizations will be increasingly maintained and will continue to progress in the future as they have in the past years--along lines of loyalty and helpfulness to their common mother, Harvard University.