FRESHMEN WIN FINALS IN INTERCLASS DEBATE
Winners Maintain Negative of Question Resolved: "That Harvard Should Limit Intercollegiate Football to One Annual Contest With Yale . . ."
In the finals of the interclass debating series, held last night in Smith Halls Common Room, the Freshmen maintaining the negative defeated the Juniors who took the affirmative of the question, Resolved: "That Harvard should limit intercollegiate football to one annual contest with Yale, supplementing it with the Oxford system of intramural contests". The members of the two teams given in the order in which they spoke follow:
Juniors.--W. T. Howe, captain; M. S. Silbert, I. G. Bieser.
Freshmen.--H. M. Hart Jr., H. C. Davidson, W. S. Stone, captain.
Each speaker was allowed eight minutes in which to present his main argument and four minutes for rebuttal. J. C. Hover '23 acted as presiding chairman and judge assisted by R. S. Fanning '23 and W. D. Kennedy G.B. '19.
The Juniors, in maintaining the affirmative, brought out the evils of the present system, endeavoring to show that football today is simply employed as a money maker and publicity scheme for the college. They further argued that preliminary contests were of no great aid in bringing the football team to its highest point of efficiency for the contest with Yale. Two plans were offered to make up for the financial loss that would be entailed in dropping the present system. The last speaker described the system at Oxford, pointing out that it allowed more men to engage in athletics, and that it had been successfully adopted by several American colleges.
The Freshmen, defending the negative, maintained that the recent Harvard, Yale, Princeton athletic agreement would act as a sufficient regulator; that to destroy the intercollegiate system would be to destroy spirit within the college and to injure relations with rival institutions; and that without outside games, with the revenue that they bring, athletics would be a financial impossibility.