FOOTBALL AND PROBATION.

Of the members of last fall's Freshman football team over a half are on probation. Several of its number have further distinguished themselves by getting more E's than D's and no C's. These men undoubtedly are as disgusted with their records as we are. In a certain sense they have paid for what must have been deliberate loafing, and do not need to be reminded of these facts. Nevertheless, as year after year comes by and the same irresponsible conduct shows itself, it becomes more and more evident that it takes more than ordinary advice to keep such men at their work. Everyone of these men will be needed next fall. Everyone of them has been told of his responsibility to the College. There is nothing new that we can tell them. It is up to them.

As for out part it leads us to wonder whether an even more strict watch over the studies of such helpless athletes need not be exercised by the athletic authorities. Even now an all too great amount of energy is spent in prodding such men, only with this result. It is a result that not only hurts the men themselves, and Harvard football, but it also places athletics in a false light. How far will it be necessary to go, to make Freshman athletes realize their responsibility? How long will this same unnecessary drama of probation be enacted?