Members of the H. A. A:
GENTLEMEN.- I take this means of asking you for your help in regard to the coming winter meetings. As you all know these meetings have become a fixture in the events of the college year, and all of us I think would be sorry to have them given up. Yet they have, of late, fallen off in interest and attendance, and will continue to fall off unless you, as members of the H. A. A., realize your part in making them as good as they should be.
Men seem to have come to feel that the executive committee is alone responsible for the success of the meetings, and that they do their part if they attend the meetings and find fault if anything goes wrong. Unquestionably the executive committee is especially responsible; the members realize this fact and will do their utmost to make the meetings good.
But none the less is the success of the meetings much more due to the men at large as it depends primarily upon the number of entries. The two ways in which you can make the meetings well contested are by entering yourself, if you are able to, and by persuading other men to enter. Though this applies to all the classes it applies especially to all freshman class. The abilities of the members are of necessity but little known to the executive committee and they must look to the men themselves to come forward. No man need be afraid of being thought to be "posing for an athlete" by taking such a step. He will rather be respected by the college as one who takes his natural place, and does his part toward helping on the athletic interest. Any men who have any thought of entering these meetings or who know of other men who have competed in such events before, will do the Athletic association a great favor by handing in their names as soon as possible.