AN article was published in the Boston Advertiser of last Tuesday morning, in view of the approaching Boating Convention, which contained some original suggestions in regard to the conduct of the next Collegiate Regatta. It is noticed, principally, that regattas have always been mismanaged, and the trouble lies in the multiplicity of managing committees or in their unwieldy nature. To remedy this, and make the arrangements harmonious and effective, it is suggested that some college graduate be appointed as Marshal, whose authority is to be supreme in all matters connected with the regatta, and who shall have power to appoint assistants and regulate their movements; the several captains to form an advisory board and elect the referee. But the Marshal is to be held responsible, and therefore will be careful; for the blunders, if there are any, he must answer for, and can shift the blame on no convenient committee. The plan seems worthy of consideration, as certainly one head is better, as a directing power, than several.
The remaining suggestions of the writer are in reference to producing and maintaining a better understanding and a more generous courtesy between the rival colleges.
We should consider this latter matter carefully, and feel it our duty, individually, to help to correct all tendency in the opposite direction. Any bitterness of feeling between classes of college men is perfectly unnecessary, we think, as the wrong acts of individual men should not be visited upon their colleges. If collegiate regattas are to breed hatred and coin hard names, they had better be discontinued; but we sincerely hope for such manly, straightforward legislation, in the next convention of colleges, that the difficulties of the past may be cancelled, and those of the future prevented.
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