We hope that the decision of the University track management to conduct a competition for second assistant manager without any canvassing for subscriptions is a step toward the total abolition of an unpopular system. Although the primary reason for having this competition now and not in the fall is to secure another assistant to aid in the management of the intercollegiate games next spring, its merit lies in its departure from the custom of recent years, when the manager was chosen chiefly with reference to the amount of money collected. Possibly subscriptions are necessary for Freshman teams, but it has long been felt that they should be abolished as regards University athletics. With this move of the track management the crew will be the only one of the major teams left which derives its support in this way; and although we feel that the system should not be continued, the crew certainly has more claim upon it than any other sport because of large expenses and absence of gate receipts.