THE prospects of the University Crew seem favorable. There are a dozen men working hard for positions upon it. A welcome bit of news is that the old rowing-weights are to be abandoned, and in their place a new style, greatly superior, substituted. This new rowing apparatus will be, as far as the kind of work goes, the same as that in the boat. What is to all intents and purposes an oar will be used, and this, at the end near the fulcrum, is attached to a piston. When the power is exerted, the piston is made to force water into a narrow cylinder, and thus is afforded resistance. The oarsmen, on these new weights, can practise a natural feather and recover, which heretofore they could not do. The seats are to be placed in the Gymnasium one behind the other; thus the men may have the additional advantage of working in unison all through the winter. The new plan is an experiment, and we hope it will prove a successful one.