Pending the declaration of war by Congress, activities in the University are continuing very much as usual, although the tension of the situation has caused interest in everything but military organizations to lag. A certain tendency, however, to continue "business as usual" until definite word is received from Washington is apparent.
Dean Briggs, in whom the Athletic Committee has placed the power to cancel all the intercollegiate contests in which the University is concerned whenever the occasion seems to require it, stated yesterday to a CRIMSON reporter that no definite action would be taken in this direction until word had been received of the actual declaration of war. There is little doubt but that all sports will be stopped as soon as that declaration is made, however, and Yale and Princeton will take similar action.
Exactly what effect the outbreak of hostilities will have on other branches of the University activities, it is difficult to say. It is known that the CRIMSON, and, for the time being at least, the Lampoon, Advocate and Illustrated, will continue to be published, and the Senior Album, as well as the Freshman Red Book, will go to press as originally planned. Such class functions as smokers and dinners, however, will be cancelled; the Freshman banquet has already been called off, and the Sophomores and Juniors contemplate similar action. The Freshman Jubilee and the Senior Picnic will in all probability not take place.
From a purely commercial point of view, according to the Athletic Association officials, there will be no difficulty in connection with the cancellation of the schedules. Such action would necessitate calling off games with some colleges who will not suspend athletics, but no institution would so cling to their contract as to demand a payment of the guarantee under circumstances like the present. Financially, the year's receipts would be much larger than the expenditures, for the expenses of crew and the various Southern trips would be done away with, and the largest receipt item, the returns from football, is already in.
Although official athletics will be called off, there will be need for activity of some sort, and it is very probable that an intramural system of sports would spring up. In baseball the management has already laid plans for company teams and games, but nothing definite has been decided.