THE FOOTBALL DEBATE

The session of the Debating Union this evening at the Union promises to be more stormy, but no less interesting than was originally, surmised. Although the action of the Debating Union in securing outside speakers to defend the present status of football has been criticized, the statement of the Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Debating Union published in this morning's CRIMSON would seem to place their action in a new light. Had the choice of speakers been made in an effort to obtain notoriety, as at first appeared, it would have been absolutely indefensible; but indicating as it now seems to, a sincere desire to give adequate representation to the defence of the status quo in football, such action appears rather to have been dictated by a spirit of fairness.

It is doubtful if tonight's meeting will settle the issue of the overemphasis of football at Harvard, of come any-where near it; but in so far as it will serve to stimulate discussion and thought on a subject of not a little importance in college life; tonight's debate will have served its purpose. Current criticism, however, should serve as reminder to the Debating Union that debating as well as football may suffer from overemphasis.