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Sectorials. VOLUME of this nature should be amusing rather than instructive; and as editorials are never amusing, we propose to make them as brief as possible. There is one point, nevertheless, on which we as a board wish to be most disti nctly understood, and that is : whatever there is in this volume which would seem to indicate the contrary, we bear not the slightest ill- will against a single person who is mentioned within its covers. It is the aim of this volume, as with others of a like nature, to furnish a view of college life from the students ' standpoint. It bears the same relation to the regular college publication that our comic papers, as " Puck " and " Judge, " bear to the standard press. We are expected to be funny ; and if in our nights of humor we have spoken, not wisely, but too freely, we would wish our words to be taken in a " Pickwickian sense. " The idea has been very forcibly presented to us during the past few months, that in the work of advertising and extending the good name of our college, an important factor is, and ever must be, the position held by the athletic teams representing her on the field. However true it may be that this side of college life presents but little of attraction to a certain class of people who seem opposed to it on general principles, it is, nevertheless, true that to the thinking public a strong foot-ball or base-ball team represents a strong college. In many cases a young man about to choose a place of obtaining an education, will almost unconsciously turn toward that institution whose athletic teams during the preceding seasons have held the best relative positions. 144
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Oct. 4. ' 96 starts on the annual Junior trip. 5. Saito becomes so enraptured at Wellesley that he gets lost. 7. Harper the only Junior at church. 12. Aggie 10, Wesleyan University o. The cannon proclaim the victory. 16. First Junior orations delivered. 18. Soph, mountain day; Captain Colby makes a sprint. 23. Eddy goes to see his girl and finds her entertaining three other fellows. 28. Rev. Dr. Read, of Holyoke, preached. 31:. ' 96 Index Board retires from the field. ' 4:
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In view of these facts, then, it seems to us that the attention and efforts of professors and others in authority should be directed, not toward suppressing or hindering the progress of any form of college athletics, but rather toward hearty encouragement and support. By this means they would not only con- tribute directly to the success of the teams, but indirectly to that of the college. In view of the prominent position occupied by the Military Department at this college, it seems but proper that it receive something more than passing notice at our hands. We all are interested in the welfare of the Battalion, but probably none more so than is our able Commandant, to whose friendly interest, practical ability, and untiring efforts are due in no small measure its high stand- ing. General Hughes, in his report of last June, speaks in very complimentary terms, not only of the condition in which he found the Department as a whole, but also of the manner in which the cadets executed the prescribed manoeuvres. Among the students there exists a very general feeling of satisfaction with the management, as well as a becoming pride in the welfare and success of the Military Depar tment. Nearly all seem to be willing to do their best to make a good appearance on the parade ground. This, also, goes a long way in helping to keep up the high standard already attained. In connection with this subject it may be mentioned that there exists a very strong feeling among the cadets in favor of more practical and extended military operations, in the way of a week ' s encampment each year at some convenient place. Last spring attention was called to this sentiment by our college paper, and since that time this feeling has been steadily growing. The many practical advantages to be gained from a week in camp, under the prescribed regulations, are obvious to all. We are convinced that the prospect of a week ' s encampment and drill in a place where there would be plenty of visitors to criticize or applaud, would be a powerful incentive to more faithful individual work, thus bringing our already high standard to a greater degree of excellence. i45
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