Education: Slaves for Sale

"Go to your room!" is a command whose meaning is portentously familiar to every Yaleman. And, because the ceremony which takes place under Yale's elms on the third Thursday in every May is always fully reported in metropolitan newspapers, any outsiders are well aware of the tense excitement, the sense of a noble and picturesque tradition that comes to Yale on Tap Day. But there was once a time when Yale's four Senior Societies— Skull & Bones, Scroll & Key, Wolf's Head, Elihu Club—were taken more seriously than now. In that day Yale...

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