It is a sad fact but unfortunately a true one that the upperclassmen are at present taking no interest in rowing. A year ago at this time the boathouse was packed with ambitious oarsmen; now at most two or three report. Possibly the members of the University are working too hand to take an hour off every few afternoons, but somehow we doubt it. The word "informal" should not carry with it any sort of stigma, especially as the crew is probably to row a similar Yale organization this spring.
Moreover, a University shell is essential as an example to the Freshmen candidates, for the latter, unless they feel that the upperclassmen are behind them, cannot be expected to go into the sport with the usual energy. The football team has shown that informal athletics can flourish; it is now absolutely imperative that rowing live up to its gridiron predecessor.