A word will certainly not be out of place this morning in expression of the appreciation which the University feels of the faithful devotion to their work in the interests of class and Alma Mater which causes so many of our athletes to remain in active training during the coming vacation, which is to bring to other members of the University much welcomed rest and recreation. We believe that this self-imposed discipline which is so common as to seem at times almost commonplace, is one of the most useful and moral influences of the University life, and in its effects reaches far beyond the men immediately concerned. The mere winning or losing of a race may in itself be of little importance. The ennobling thing after all in athletics is the self-forgetful striving after an ideal and whether that ideal is the championship of class or college the striving is a good thing for any man.
In this connection a word to those whose training is not so vigorous as to demand their remaining in Cambridge, but who are nevertheless expected to observe certain general rules regarding sleep and diet. The vacation will offer many temptations to laxity in these respects and the necessity of guarding against them cannot too strongly be urged. Every man owes it to himself, to his team and to the University to be as strict with himself when he is free from restraint as when he is under it.