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more materially benefited the work of their profession than Mr. Ware did with his pen instead of with his pencil.
C. HOWARD WALKER,
Journal of American Institute of Architects, May, 1917.
Why the College Man?
Among those unacquainted with a college education and the work that term connotes, we find many today criticising as unfair and autocratic the preference given to college men who apply with others for admission to officers' training camps. War is a time calling for quick and reliable action. When a man in every day life is called upon to meet an emergency he uses means with which he is familiar and of whose result he is certain.
Even if a man pursues nothing more than a purely classical course in college, granting that he really studies, he develops a mind which is analytical, active, alert. He specializes in the theoretical, technical and scientific approach to the subject and thereby learns to supplant narrow personal opinion with the wiser judgment of the scholar. The machinery of his thought becomes finely lubricated and he moves in quick response to reasoned impetus. He is a highly specialized and efficient mechanism. But what is greater than all, he is a mechanism of known man power. He must have a certain efficiency rating to be a college graduate, his college has set the standard he is supposed to represent, and while this great test may prove the estimates of the value of some institutions as false, it is drawing for the most part upon certified and proven stock.
The skilled mechanician, the amateur aero enthusiast, and many other cases of special development may rank equal with or above the mental adaptability of the average college man chosen, but the government has not the time nor the means of examining this class of scattered individuals. They are not a standard gauge and war will not permit the time to construct a new instrument by which to measure their reaction to the multiple mental impressions and problems of even one day of warfare.
Our colleges are open to all the men of America and in a time of crisis their product is the most convenient standard, most certain and most widely tested. Many of our young men, who, in the past, have found the lure of immediate financial return and evenings free for pleasure too strong, profit by this lesson and resolve that any future emergency will find them alive and alert, studying in every spare moment to qualify and measure up to the known and recognized standard of the American college education; and may our colleges after the big exam is over, compare their ratings and adjust their work so that our college men may all measure up to the highest standard of American ideals for service, to their homes, to their communities, to their country and to the world.-The Tech.
NEWS OF ALUMNI ASSOCIATIONS
A new plan for keeping the local associations interested TECHNOLOGY CLUB OF PUGET SOUND.-At our last meeting of the club the following officers were elected for 1917-1918: President, C. H. Alden, '90, Henry Bldg., Seattle; secretary, H. H. Whithed, '11, 2006 East 54th street or care of P. S. L. L. & P. Co., Seattle; vice-president, W. Scott Matheson, '99, 17 West Lauder street, Seattle.-W. Scott Matheson, '99, Westerman Iron Works, Seattle.
TECHNOLOGY ASSOCIATION OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA.-On Friday, April 27, our local association gave a dinner at the Engineers Club, to Professor George C. Whipple, at which time there were seventeen members of the association and guests present. Howard F. Clark, '12, presided.
Professor Whipple gave a very interesting talk of about one-half hour, touching on the various little happenings that have occurred at Tech recently. The work that was being done to place Tech men where there were most needed in the government service was mentioned, as well as the interest of the under-graduates in the training camps soon to be inaugurated.
It was a pleasure to all of us to find one so having Tech's interests at heart.
Allen Hazen, a partner of Professor Whipple, gave us some interesting ideas on preparedness. Murray Warner, '92, was present and showed some slides that he had prepared from a collection of British enlistment posters.
Alumni present were: George E. Atkins, '04; J. R. Brownell, '01; W. A. Clapp, '93; R. S. Clark, '06; H. F. Clark, '12; L. P. Ferris, '11; Charles Gilman Hyde, '96; Allen Hazen, '88; E. Kriegsman, '05; Conrad Loring, '99; H. W. Stebbins, '02; Murray Warner, '92.
The association reports upon a few of the members as follows:
John R. Brownell, I, '01, superintendent of safety with the Industrial Accident Commission of California, has been appointed division director for the Coast Industrial Survey work of United States employees. The National Council of Defense has established a bureau covering this work.
George E. Atkins, XIII, '04, has been appointed assistant superintendent of new construction with offices at Mare Island Navy Yard, California. He has resigned from his position with the architectural firm of Willis Polk & Co. of San Francisco.
Howard F. Clark, I, '12, has received a commission in the engineer section of the officers reserve corps. He will rank as captain. L. P. Ferris, VI, '11, who has been identified with the statewide study of inductive interference carried on under the California Railroad Commission, has about completed the work assigned to him by the Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Company and will be leaving for the East in a couple of months. He has spent five years in his present work.
There have been no special meetings of importance since Professor Whipple was out here, but luncheons are frequently held and attended by groups of men in and about the city.-H. F. Clark, '12, Secretary, 833 Market Street, San Francisco.
THE M. I. T. CLUB OF AKRON, OHIO.-At the annual meeting of the Akron club held this year in June, the annual election of officers took place. R. W. Ferris, '08, Course I, 55 Rose avenue, was chosen president; Harold P. Gray, '16, experimental department, the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, secretarytreasurer, and J. W. Kittredge, '94, P. O. 175, South Akron, Ohio, chairman of the Executive Committee.
The club is glad to welcome several men from this year's graduating class. From Course X, William Hunter, William McAdams and J. Holton are with us. Course II sent the largest delegation, consisting of L. T. Cribben, F. M. Hatch, B. T. Hall, P. M. Flagg, and R. W. Drobisch. M. C. Brock is the only member from Course XV. All the above are working at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.
A large number of the younger fellows in the club have enlisted in various departments of the army, a number of them going to the officers' training camps. J. B. Carr, '16, took examinations for the engineering corps of the regular army, and has received a commission as second lieutenant.-W. N. Drew, '10, E. C. Gagnon, '16, and M. H. Rood, went to the officers' training camp at Fort Benjamin Harrison.-C. H. Durkee, '15, and Arrin Page, '16, are taking a course in machine gun work at the Springfield Arsenal.— Lyman Baird, '14, and C. P. Kerr, '11, are with the aviation section