This petition contemplates expending $500 at least. Let those who would sign ask themselves if such an expenditure is justified when there are such pressing needs for money for the library, the physical laboratory and the general support of the university. Are there not scores of ways in which $500 could be spent to maintain something already in need, and thereby advance a more universal end, than in the maintenance of an instructor in boxing?
The number of names already on the petition justifies our stand. But a few over one hundred have signed this petition, less than a dozen having signed since our first editorial.
The manner in which precedents work proves that there is danger in establishing a precedent to support special athletic exercise. The granting of petitions in all organizations depends more upon precedent than upon the number and character of names affixed to petitions. We believe that there is consistency in the policy of our faculty, and that such consistency would dictate the granting of future petitions for paid instructors in special athletic exercises, should this petition now in question be granted.