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My Dismissal from the Carnegie Institute of Technology

Excerpt from My Dismissal From the Carnegie Institute of Technology: Causes and Effects I should like to think that the scenes I witnessed in the hall of the Science Building this morning on my way to the General Faculty Meeting were not real visions but imaginary ones; and yet I would not care to possess a mind so depraved as to imagine the like. That yourself (and Mrs. Hamerschlag) should condescend to lead a parade of students attired like these is another matter I should prefer were mythical in spite of the fact that the Pittsburgh papers have flashed it before the eyes of the public in print and in picture. There is such a thing as helpful publicity, and there is such a thing as harmful notoriety. If, by to-day's exhibition, Tech expects to increase her enrollment (which, for next fall, is reported as annoyingly low), the increase cannot consist of other than undesirable students; indeed, I should not be surprised if parents, who had contemplated sending their sons to us next fall, would decide to steer clear of us entirely after seeing the orgy staged so successfully this morning. When I first came to Tech as an instructor several years ago, several persons on the campus, knowing of the books I had written about Yale, called me aside and told me of the conditions at Carnegie, hoping to inveigle me into exposing them likewise. Although I believe thoroughly that merciless publicity is the only sure cure for the faults of any college and although I know conclusively that the merciless publicity I have given to Yale's faults has permanently removed many of them, at the same time I want to inform you in all sincerity that inwardly I neither have nor have had any intention of criticising Carnegie Tech publicly. I must admit, however, that such an attitude seems neglectful on my part, knowing what I know to exist and having the ability I have to portray it; but my attitude is justified by the fact that I have already done more than one man's share in the betterment of my own Alma Mater. And it behooves the alumni of Carnegie Tech to improve theirs! During my few years at Tech, I have, on my own initiative, tried to set high ideals before the school as a whole, but I shall make no further effort to do so since I have been requested to discontinue it. I shall, however, continue unconsciously if not consciously to place before the particular men who are under my personal instruction all the opportunities within my power. If each instructor were to do likewise, many of Tech's problems would be solved. Yet while this duty of the individual instructor is necessary for maintaining a high morale, it is not sufficient. The administrators, for example, may approve of a freakish idea of the student body which obliterates the good influence of individual members of the faculty. The Poverty-Day tradition(?) reflects the weakness of the administration which countenances it, although the faculty will be censured for their lack of censorship. The present administration needs public criticism - and it is my ardent hope that a Tech alumnus with vision and courage will soon step to the front to administer it; if Tech hasn't produced one graduate with this capacity, she might just as well disintegrate - the sooner the better. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at
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