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To the Editor of the CRIMSON:
It is probable that the Student Council keenly does realize that "the spirit of undergraduate Harvard is not exactly like that of other institutions". That is exactly what is the matter with it, and that is exactly what the Council aims to improve. The last thing on earth the Council wishes to stimulate is "artificial enthusiasm".
If the Harvard cheering in the past has "truly represented the opinions and temperament of the undergraduates", it is high time for a housecleaning. The cobwebs were swept away from dusty undergraduate loyalty in time for the last Harvard-Yale game, and newspaper correspondents were quite justified in their commendation of Harvard cheering. There were three extra cheer-leaders for that game, and at least one of them was of the entering class and has as yet no chance for records of achievement "on a half dozen different teams" at Harvard.
The men whom the Council chooses for University cheer-leaders, declares the CRIMSON, the undergraduates "'will not respect". And yet these same undergraduates have themselves elected the members of the Council and entrusted to them the best management of University affairs. It is difficult to believe that undergraduate opinion can in any way be represented by the editorial entitled "Jumping Jacks" in Friday's CRIMSON. Thomas R. Pennypacker '16.