THE OFFICIAL ORGAN OF THE UNIVERSITY ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION.
Vol.7. UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA, CHAPEL HILL, N. C, October 11th, 1898. NoTl'
Mass Meeting of the Students and
Addresses on our Athletic Life.
Last Tuesday night one of the most
enthusiastic meeting's of the students
ever held here in regard to Athletics,
was held in the Chapel. The meeting
was called to order at 7.30 by Dr.
Charles Baskerville President of the
Athletic Advisory committee.
He made a few well chosen remarks
stating the object of the meeting
which he said was called in order to
get the college united at the first of
the season. Several short addresses
were on the programme, the first
of which Dr. Baskerville announced
would be by Dr. Alderman on: "Ath
letics as a feature of college life."
As Dr. Alderman took the platform
he was greeted by a burst of applau
se.- He began by saying that he was
present first, because he always feels
a warm interest in every thing- in
which the student body was interested.
Secondly, because he believes in
honest wholesome sport.
Thirdly, because Athletics have a
large and important part to play in
college life, and that he recognized
He then said that athletics have a
place in our life because the Univer
sity was the place to make men, not
scholars or students merely, " but good
sound all round men.
Healthy sport tends to develop those
qualities which go to make the full
man which the other phases of college
life did not train. Among these he
recognized first of all, courage. With
out courage life is a burden. Other
qualities developed by good sport are:
grit, endurance, steady nerves, quick
to act and trained to act in the right
way, a quick eye and the wit to do
things aggressively. He said that he
believed that the training of Ameri
cans in. honest athletics had much to
do with the great success of the Amer
ican army in our recent war. It would
be a great evil to loose our athletic
He closed his remarks by saying
that one of the greatest faults of our
people in the South was a tendency to
drift into individualism Our athlet
ics corrected this. Because the great
end of athletics is victory and the only
way to attain that was to get together
and hold together. Dr. Baskerville
then introduced Dr. E. Alexander who
addressed the meeting on: "Cooperat
ion of students and faculty in athletic
He said that while the faculty could
do pratically nothing, directly, to aid
in athletics, yet by encouragement
and direction they could do much. Of
course all our athletics at the present
centers around foot ball. To put out
n winnimr team is our obicct. Much
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depends upon the students. A good
team poorly supported is apt lose.
An indifferently good team well sup
ported will win. This is what is so
well known as the Yale spirit.
There are four things he' said essen
tial to succees.
1st. Determination by both students
and team to win.
2nd. Thorough-going team work by
both.'jstudcnts and team.
3rd. Dogged persistence.
4th. Self-sacrifice and unselfish devot
ion to the team's success.
Only these will bring victory.
Dr. Baskerville then introduced the
next speaker "Who" he said, "had
done jnore for athletics in the Univer
sity than any other man here, Dr.
F. P. Vcnable."
"Dr. Venable spoke on: The Present
Season and the present team."
He spoke only a little, but his re
marks were plain straight forward
and forcible. They had a good effect.
As this was not a faculty meeting it
seemed nothing more than right that
some student be heard.
Dr. Baskerville then introduced the
"best first baseman in the south,"
Cap't, R. A. Winston, who spoke on
He said that the team lived off the
enthusiasm of the student body. Stu
dents have a right to cntize their team
but it must be done with . judgement
and without prejudice. We must have
confidence in the team. Distrust a
mong the students creeps in among the
men on the teams and they loose all
confidence and go to pieces. When
this is done the university loses a
Coach Reynolds then made a few re
markson "United purpose and support
of the student body."
His remarks were telling and to the
point and had a telling effect.
Dr. Baskerville then adjourned the
Prof. Noble Addresses the Teachers
Professor M. C. S. Noble ,of the
chair of pedagogy at the State Uni
versity, former superintendent of
our schools, on Saturday at 3:30 p.
m. addressed the colored teachers
at the Peabody school, and the
white teachers at 5 p. m., at the
Hemenway school. He carefully
outlined the course of study, the
methods to be observed, and the
leatling features of our public school
system. He laid especial emphasis
upon the value of professional train-
i no- tor the great wont or teacmng
and dwelt at length upon the ne
cessity of study and personal effort
as a qualification for a position in a
large public school system. He al
so spoke with much feeling about
his leaving our schools and said that
his connection with them would ever
be an inspiration to him in his new
field of labors.
Professor Noble was specially in
vited here to speak to teachers upon
their important work, and his high
qualifications to do so made it emin
ently advantageous to the teachers.
He made a good talk to the teach
ers, and gave them the benefit of a
ripe experience as a teacher for the
past twenty-two years, sixteen of
which he spent in Wilmington buil
ding up public schools to the high
standard which has justly elected
the pride of all our people. His
functions at the State University is
to teach teachers how to teach, and
his address to the teachors here
gave them the benefit of a real lec
ture on the art and science of teach
ing. A Messenger reporter interview
ed Professor Noble as to his work
at the University, and ask him if he
did not regret leaving our city with
its beautiful buildings, its progres
sive teachers and its great loyal and
rapid growing number of public
school supports. He confesses that
he did leave us with sorrow but said
the possibilities of the educational
field at the University were too in
viting to be declined. Many of the
best students at the University are
in the class in pedagogy and in hi
work with these young men of
brair.s and ambition he hopes to help
on the great educational movement
that is to bless our state.
Professor Noble said that he
found many changes at the Univer
sity upon his return after an ab
sence of sixteen years. The speci
al schools of law. medicine and phr-
macy have been established in re
cent years. The libraries of the
Philanthropic and Diaiectic societ
ies have been consolidated with the
University library and located in
the old University library building,
once known as Smith's Hall. The
old Dialectic library room has been
turned into a "Latin Seminary,'
and the old Philanthropic librarv
room is utilized by Profersor Wil
son who has made it the best bio
logical laboratory to be found in
The outlook for the University is
most promising "The enrollment is
4b0 already, and by the end of the
year it will not only equal but sur
pass the unprecedented record of
last year. Old students will be
surprised to learn that the present
senior class has sixty members.
There is nothing
that inves the
students more recreation and
pleasure than to lay down all work
and attend the semi monthly facul
ty lectures. On such occasions thi
student body alone does not gather
to enjoy the interlectual treat but
the townspeople as well come out
and add greatly to make the hour a
Faculty lectures are alright:
We can't get along without them
T T i , - . f . 1
We are waiting patiently lor the
next in order: but it seems to us we
have very few noted lecturers to
come to these parts.
The cause of our not having more
is plainly seen in the fact that no
one considers it his business to try
to get them. "Ever body's busi
ness is nobody's business." If we
had a committee whose duty it was
to attend to getting noted lecturers
to visit us we would pass several
dreary Friday nights during the
year in listening to a uixon or a
The proceeds of such lectures
could be put to a good advantage
by the Y. M. C. A. or the Athlectic
Association if they would only exert
themselves a little and put a hust
ling committee to work at once.
It would save them that unpleas
ant business of begging and at the
same time they would get the money
and give value received for it.
It is frequently the case that we
hear the alumni of this and other
institutions lamenting the neglect of
some past duty, Talk to them of
college life and of their training
here, and they begin to advise us
not to skip classes ; not to sit up
late at night ; not to form the habit
of loafing; not to exert a bad influ
ence ; not to be irregular in our hab
its; not to be unsociable; but to keep
up with daily recitations; to read the
best literature in the library ; to be
prompt always ; to keep up with
college occurrences ; to keep out of
debt ; to be economical ; and then
with great emphasis and feeling
they urge us not to neglect our
work in the literary societies.
We would stop and ask ourselves
what does all this mean? Is it in
that spirit which always could hare
done something but never did any
thing? Is it mere admonition given
because of some total failure? Not
so; such cautions are expressions
of deeply rooted interests and come
from those who know from experi
ence whereof they speak. Let us
look at them closely ; the observ
ance of them forms the ground-work
of our education, the bone and sin
ew of our progress. We advance
just in proportion as we appropriate
the experiences of those before us.
Then we cannot afford to turn a
deaf ear to their warnings. Al
ready the seniors, now nearing the
close of their college career, look
back upon their four years' course
and see many a stone left unturned.
What path would they tread were
they again on the other side of the
field? Start with them there and
follow them through a second four
years' course, and we have made
two steps at one stride, gained
eight years' experience in four years.
We know too well the fate of him
who hid his talent. Let us not
bury the advice of wise and earnest
alumni, but put it out on interest
that it mav return to us a hundred
Scarcely a day passes that we do
not hear some student say, "I am a
week behind in Math," or "I've not
seen my Greek," or "I can't get up
my Physics." We see them too
passing away time foolishly show
ing a lack of interest in their moral
and social duties. Remember the
purpose of your being here. Those
who have yet the greater part of
their course before them should
make good use of their time and
embrace every opportunity they
have to improve themselves, lest at
the end of their course here they
are obliged to say with the poet,
"Of all sad words of tongue or pen,
The saddest are these: It might have been."
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