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THE new energy which has been infused into college journalism at Cornell this year has already been commented upon by us. To one of their new publications belongs the credit of originating a new and useful project, - for a system of regular intercollegiate correspondence. To this enterprise we gladly promise our aid, and hope to present to our readers in every number a few notes of what is going on in the department of base-ball, foot-ball, and boating, or other interesting events, at Cornell, at least. In time we may hear, in the same manner, from other colleges. As this plan has but just been formed, its success is doubtful; but if it succeeds, it can not but be beneficial to all the college papers engaging in it.
Fine writing, we are confident, is not the desideratum in a college paper of the present time. Our numerous predecessors aspired to long and highly literary articles, and failed; their wrecks, scattered along the course of college journalism here, serve to warn college papers of the present day not to follow their course, if they would prosper. That this ought not to be the case is clear from one point of view. A college paper ought to present to the world a specimen of the best intellectual productions of the undergraduates. But the best men in college will not write; and if they did, we are confident such long literary articles would not be read by the majority of the students. And a college paper has necessarily such a limited circulation that, to exist, it must be universally supported.
We must accommodate ourselves to the present surrounding conditions, however unfortunate they may be, and make college papers as full of matters of general interest as possible. But the news of one college is well known to its undergraduates before it can get into the college papers; and thus "Locals" and "Brevities" are generally only a convenient method of preserving in print for future reference facts of interest. Of what is going on at other colleges most of us are in the dark. Our exchanges furnish us with an occasional ray of light on the subject, but these are not seen by the college reading world until a long time after the news has grown literally old. The proposed system of correspondence, if perfected, will give us full and reliable accounts of anything of interest in our sister colleges. Now, of all times, do we need this, for never before have there been so many intercollegiate contests. Last year, when twelve colleges announced their intention of sending crews to Springfield, the college papers were eagerly scanned for all news which could have any possible bearing on the condition of their crews. The interest in boating will be none the less this year, while base-ball, foot-ball, and cricket will excite more interest than ever.
For these reasons we think the project is a good one, and have entered into it, that we may have more matters of interest in the Magenta's columns.
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