The Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1943-1946, December 07, 1893, Page 5, Image 5
II 7 3 THE CAUSE. 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 11 r i . .1 ... r. mm .. 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 I'niversity. 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 colleges. 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 of things. 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 allegiance'. 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. 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