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[From our Special Correspondent.]

NEW YORK, April, 7, 1882.

TO THE HARVARD DAILY HERALD : Columbia has been unusually dull this year, the only excitement being an occasional rush and a few stormy class-meetings. The apathy shown by the students is due largely to the fact that nearly the whole of the campus has been taken up by the new law School building, and the sons of Erin engaged thereon, and there being no place to congregate, the students, upon concluding their duties, immediately set out for home, except a few more sociably inclined, who gather in the offices of the Spectator and the Acta, where affairs collegiate are discussed.

The coming of the spring begins to infuse a little more life in the classes, and it is hoped that before the term closes, Columbia life will be a little more like what it used to be.

The crews have commenced river practice, but your correspondent respectfully declines to criticise them, for more reasons than one. We are attempting a great deal of work this year in our aquatic campaign. It is our intention to support three crews, viz. : a 'Varsity eight to row Harvard at New London ; a 'Varsity four, for the Harlem and Passaic regattas, and possibly for the Childs Cup contest on the Schuylkill ; and last, but by no means least, a freshman eight to row the Harvard freshmen on the Harlem.

All these crews are to be entirely separate and independent of each other. So it will be seen that we are endeavoring to put twenty oarsmen on the water. With what success remains to be seen. Many wiseacres are shaking their heads and prophesying dire disaster, but the students generally are hopeful. Certain it is that there are many applicants for positions on the two 'Varsity crews, but as yet the freshmen have not shown much enterprise in their undertaking.

All Columbia is anxious for the time to come for the freshman race, so that we may in a measure repay Harvard for her kind and courteous treatment of our freshmen last year at Cambridge.

But, enough of boating. In the inter-collegiate sports this year, in the "Mott Haven" contests, we intend putting our best foot forward ; and if we do not obtain the cup it will not be for lack of trying. Our gymnasium presents a very animated scene, and our athletes are beginning to put in some hard work. The athletic accounts in the HERALD have been read with much interest lately, and those who were wont to talk of "waggling Harvard at Mott Haven" have toned down considerably.

The Columbiad, just issued, has given universal satisfaction, and is considered the best publication of that nature ever issued. Some of the typographical errors were very amusing, especially those in the Athletic Records, where that most stupid of mortals, a printer's devil, has made a Hercules, Jr., throw a hammer "36 sec. ; " a bicycle ride two miles in " 13 ft., " and the running broad jump, a marvel, at " 50 ft. 6 in."

These records, however, had no depressing effect upon the sale of the book, which exceeded the estimates of the most sanguine of its editors.

The Miner has also been well received, and is considered a model of its kind. The editorial boards of the two papers, the Spectator and Acta, have been chosen as follows :

Spectator : Managing Editor, Herbert L. Satterlee, '83 ; Business Manager, A. L. Manierre, '83 ; Associate Editors, Sterling Rossiter, '83 ; W. S. Humbert, '83, S. of M. ; J. Mayhew Wainwright, '84 ; and Alexander Coles, 85.

Acta: Managing Editor, John K. Bangs, '83 ; Business Manager, H. L. Hall, '84, S. of M. ; E. J. Levy, '83 ; J. F. Jenkins, '84 ; H. V. A. Anderson, '84 ; G. J. Angell, '84, S. of M. ; W. O. Partridge, '85.

The committee for the various annual celebrations have been appointed, and are now hard at work - the seniors preparing for class-day and the sophomores for their triumph. The juniors will have no celebration this year, as the class is, unfortunately, broken up by factional strife.

Last week the college was edified by one of those disgraceful exhibitions known as a rush. The utter disregard of college custom on the part of our freshmen caused the sophomores to get up the following notice:


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