In the spring of 1888 the oversight of our athletics was taken from the sole authority of the faculty and transferred to that of a representative committee, made up of three faculty members, three graduates and three undergraduates. It has been steadily the aim of this committee to centralize and unify our athletics in order to strengthen them. In following out this policy the committee has sometimes been obliged to take some action whose wisdom the students have not been able to see. The result in several cases has been very unfortunate. Last spring the base ball difficulty arose entirely because an undergraduate did not understand clearly the functions of the athletic committee. The consequence was that there was considerable talk even in college against the committee; while outside the college, where no one understood the matter, the committee was generally condemned.
For the progress of Harvard athletics the wise supervision of this committee is vital. Together with the graduate advisory committees of the various sports, the committee has worked untold benefits for aur othletics. We should be helpless without it. The students realize this; yet they demand justly an opportunity to learn the relations of the committee - to understand satisfactorily its position, in order that they may take that same position and work together with the committee.
We hope that the athletic committee will try to enlighten the students in the way it deems wisest.