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A great deal was said in the
last issue of the Tar Heel about
college spirit in fact nearly the
whole editorial matter was bear
ing on this subject, and the
writers go on at some length to
deplore the absence of the above
named virtue at -the University
of North Carolina.
To quote one paragraph:
'The term (College Spirit) is an
anomaly here, for we have it
not. 'Tis but a shadow, and
even the very little there is seems
to be slowly oozing away
through lack of use."
From the above, the writer
surely means to convey a very
gloomy picture. Now the sig
nificance of this phrase, College:
Spirit, is a very broad one. it
may mean one's love and pride
for his College as an educational
institution,- and surely anyone
would be very greatly mistaken
if he should say that there is a
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kick or mis leeiing ueic. i ileit
is not a boy here who would
not zealously defend the good
name of the University against
any damaging insinuations from
an enemy. We believe we have
the best curriculum, the most
ellicent Faculty, and the staun
chst, m ost loyal set of students
in the South. Yes, we love the
Rut the kind of college spirit
referred to in the Tar IIeki., is
that of interest and enthusiasm
in Athletics. Now as regards
this,, we must admit that there is
not that zeal and unswerving
loyalty, so conspicuous in some
Well, one natutaly asks, why
is this so? By the plain logic of
things, there must be a reason
for it. livery circumstance must
have its cause. A. id why is it so
painfully evident this vear. Yoa
heard nothing of it last year.
Well, say it is because our foot
ball team last year was success
ful, and not so now; and that
this ?i:,1cls "anomaly," college
spi.i . uives in victory, but:
di:s iii L-it Phis cannot be the
true ca.is.e, !.- .hU spirit of in
difference showed itself this year
before we .ad lost a game.
Now, as this is a condition
and not a theory that confronts
us, frivolous conjectures about
the "why and wherefores" of it,
are out plac here. But every
one who has thought over the
matter, has in voluntarily formed
his own opinions, as to what
has brought about this state of
affairs. Each one knows why
his own college spirit has not
moved enthusiastically, and see
ins? his neighbor's likewise dor
mant, they talk it over, and
thus the .sentiment prevades the
whole student-body, Right here
is where you can learn the cause
Now, .since the football season
is over, we can discuss family
affairs without acting treason
ably. There is too much aristoc-
racy of Athletics here. Like a
government of the like nature, it
is strong in pride, but mediocre
in strength. The common stu
dent is not allowed, or sufficient
ly encouraged, to participate in
the working of things, and loses
interest, and begins to distrust.
He does not want to "boss," but
Anglo-Saxon like, he desires just
a little bit of representation; and
when this is denied him, like his
fore-fathers, he 'bucks" against
further taxation, and renounces
Now, the writer in the Tak
IIki-l remarks: "fust read the
accounts of the preparations for
the great games in other College
papers. See how the students
have their mass meetings, learn
jongs and veils," cic. Whv
don't they have such meetings
here? Because all such things
are managed by a chosen few,
who it seems jealously guard
their perogative from the incurs
ions of the student-body hence
their notorious shortcomings in
the way of yells, songs and lov
altv. It has often beeen .asked, and
wondered at why Princeton,
with a much smaller number
of students to draw from
than Vale or Harvard, al
ways stands near the top in
Athletics. especially in foot
ball. The reason is a suggestive
one Princeton has not Frater
ternities, and hence no cliques
and favoritism, Her teams are
selected on the standard of true
merit the best men for the
places, and there is no such
thing as standing in with those
in authority to gain promotion.
Everyone is given a fair chance,
and under strong, wholesome
competition, their best material
is developed. 'Tis never foreor
dained there that a certain man
shall play a certain place, or
that another shall never play at
all. Mr. Cook, our recent Train
er, said that a slight tendency
towards favoritism was one pi
the greatest drawbacks to our
Athletics. 'Tis a pity it is so
that even a stranger would
noticeit. Now neither Mr. Cook,
nor we would maliciously cast
blame, or implication upon the
management of our Athletic af
fairs; but often in the most loyal
and unbiased intentions the error
is made. It is common has
always killed Harvard's, Athlet
ic aspirations, and a note of
warning sounded here is not a
miss. And if any who may read
this, desire to investigate the
matter, they will find that this
conviction, settled way down
deep into the hearts of the
student-body, is the chief cause
of our lack of college spirit. D. '
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