We call attention in another column to the fact that as yet no definite arrangements have been made for an annual football game with the University of Pennsylvania on Thanksgiving Day. Yesterday's papers to the contrary, whatever suggestions and recommendations have been made at Harvard and at Pennsylvania have been merely tentative. Several circumstances have contributed to bring about this talk, not the least of which is Pennsylvania's rapid progress in football during the past few years. Last fall she defeated Princeton and in so doing placed herself next to Harvard and Yale. Then came the question of athletic reform. Measures were proposed which would practically have reduced the University of Pennsylvania to the rank of many of the small colleges, since she is distinctly a university. Against such methods of reform Harvard protested by her refusal to cooperate to bring about a college, opposed to a university, standard. She did this not with the direct view of championing the University of Pennsylvania, but with a decidedly more liberal spirit. She aimed to preserve a plan by which thoroughly representative teams could be had by any and every college. To do this she attempted no compulsory measures, but adopted her own regulations for the purification of athletics, leaving it for others to follow or not as they pleased. This policy commended itself to the majority of colleges and universities in this portion of the country. The University of Pennsylvania, which would have been, under the undergraduate rule. the most crippled of any of the colleges, was probably the most in sympathy with Harvard's attitude. It is not strange then, that graduates and undergraduates should wish to bring the two institutions together in football and to arrange for a series of games which shall be permanent. We venture to express the hope that the rumor of the papers may become a fact and that this may be the beginning of very cordial and friendly relations, uninterrupted by misunderstanding or dissention.
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August 04, 2015