At the University of Pennsylvania, faculty interference in athletics is deemed advantageous instead of harmful, and the appointment of a Faculty Athletic committee a few weeks ago is thought to indicate an intention of fostering and encouraging 'varsity teams. At the same time the intense class rivalry among the students which has hitherto detracted from the interest in intercollegiate games will be diverted into more general patriotism for the university.
The interest in rowing at the University of Pennsylvania has been rapidly increasing since 1879 when the institution's boating history really began, and it may be safely said that this interest is due largely too the earnest work of Ellis Ward, the well-known professional oarsman and coach.
At Cornell, wonderfully rapid as have been the development of football and track athletics, boating continues to loom up pre-eminently as the representative sport. The Cornell navy came into existence in 1871, when there were only about 400 men in the university against its present 1400. The next year a crew was sent to Spring field and met defeat. Although creeping up in place, defeat fodowed for two years, until 1873, when a turning point was reached. In that year Cornell's freshmen defeated Harvard, Brown and Princeton, and the 'varsity won its first great race against twelve competitors. Both of these victories were repeated in 1876.
The intercollegiate races dragged along until 1881, when the Cornell four oared crew went abroad, gave the London four a great tussle, and were said to have been sold out in Vienna a quarter of a mile ahead in the race. Honors were even again in the intercollegiate races until the crew of '85 defeated Pennsylvania for the Childs cup, which Cornell won finally last year, but which she may put up again Since then not a race has been lost against all comers, and last year Cornell appeared in an eighth with what has been called phenomenal success.