More Publicity in Athletic Discussions.
[We invite all men in the University to submit communications on subjects of timely interest. The Crimson is not, however, responsible for the sentiments expressed in such communications as may be printed.]
To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
A communication in the CRIMSON of February 1 calls attention to the numerous restrictions which burden our athletics. Some examples are the basketball team's lack of a regular coach, and the recent attempt to prevent minor teams from having training tables. Possibly these minor teams are of no great importance, but they interest a sufficient number of men, and do enough good, to deserve something better than systematic discouragement. Major sports meet with the same narrow minded discouragement.
The root of the trouble is that not one undergraduate in a hundred knows anything definite about the situation, and that not one can find out anything definite if he tries. The men in the University have a vital interest in athletics, even if for no other reason than that they do the largest share in supporting them, and they ought at least to know something about them. Publicity would also help athletics greatly, for under present circumstances such evils as there are never come out to be remedied, and the impossibility of getting information lends credence to every story that gets abroad. If athletics were run in the open, we might well rely on the general good sense of the undergraduate mind to correct all abuses of any moment, and to keep athletics thoroughly democratic. This shut-mouthed policy does us still further injury by causing doubt and uncertainty, mingled with no little suspicion, on the part of our athletic rivals, and by putting us in a bad light with the general public. 2L. 2G.