EDITORS HARVARD HERALD: Last Sunday's Detroit Free Press gave a column to a very interesting description of the celebrated Harvard Gymnasium and the recent athletic exhibition given there. Here at Ann Arbor, where we have practically no gymnasium, it is hard for us to understand the general interest taken in athletics by the Harvard students.
The business meetings of our Athletic Association are attended by but few students, and the elections are utterly without interest to the majority of students, while the elections of officers in the Lecture Association are attended by crowds, and every man's vote is known for weeks in advance.
Under such unfavorable circumstances as these it is not to be wondered at that the athletic meeting at the Opera House was in the main uninteresting, and verged closely upon financial failure. The events were as follows: Ten-mile walk, time reported 93 1/2 minutes. Some doubt as to the accuracy of this time is expressed in athletic circles here, as the track was unfavorable for rapid walking. Side-hold wrestle; one mile walk, time 7 minutes, 45 seconds; heavy weight boxing; light weight boxing. This latter contest was noticeable for the lack of science shown by the contestants, who, however, endeavored to fillits place by hard hitting. Horizontal bar; collar and elbow wrestling. This was eminently a contest between skill and weight, and as such was exceedingly interesting. To the surprise of many the match was won by the smaller contestant, Mr. Leland, who has never lost a contest during his college life. Indian club swinging; fencing. This contest was to many the most interesting of all, as both gentlemen are exceedingly well versed in the art and showed many graceful movements. It was, however, merely an exhibition, not a contest. Standing high jump, 4 feet, 5 3/4 inches. This concluded the performance, which was the first, and, we predict, the last, given in the Opera House.
The University Calendar for '81 - '82 was issued the first of this week. Its "make-up" is the same as usual. The total number of students is 1,534, of which 513 are members of the literary department. The members of the faculties number eighty-seven. The Hawaiian Islands send us three students; Nicaraugua, Cuba, England, Ireland, Roumania, Egypt and Burmah, one each.
The School of Political Science appears this year for the first time in the Calendar. A brief synopsis of the course may not be uninteresting here. Two years of work in the literary department of this university, or one of equal standing, is required for entrance. The course of study occupies three years, and may be selected from the following list of studies: Seventeen courses in history, two courses in political economy, one course in international law, one course in sanitary science, one course in social science, one course in forestry. These courses vary in length from twice a week for one semester upwards.
At present the degree of Ph. D. is offered to those who complete this course, but the faculty reserve the right to withdraw this offer. Such withdrawal will not affect students entering before the change is made.
Before closing I will state that the Detroit paper before spoken of complimented the HARVARD HERALD highly on its enterprise in giving a report of the athletic meeting so soon after its occurence.