As long as Harvard has the backing of her graduates, she will prosper. So plain has this proved in the educational interests of the University, that to our athletic interests as well, those in charge of our athletics have thought to bring to bear the power and influence of our graduates. They have gained their help through the medium of the Graduate Advisory Committees; and Harvard can attribute much to her recent athletic awakening of the energy of the men who make up these committees. We have had occasion of late frequently to speak of the important factor which these committees have become in the successful administration of our athletics. Since these bodies will form no small part in our success or failure, it may be well to give an idea how they are chosen.
When any of the athletic associations or clubs in Harvard first choose a graduate advisory committee of three, the terms of its members are for one, two and three years respectively. Last year, for instance, when the base ball association chose its graduate committee, Professor J. W. White was selected to serve for one year, Mr. Frederick Thayer, '78, for two years, and Mr. S. E. Winslow, '85, for three years. Professor White's term has expired, and Mr. Clarence Smith, '86, who has been chosen to succeed him, will hold office during the coming three years. In this way, two men are always in office who have had the experience of former years to guide them; and the traditions and methods of the associations which they advise are always preserved. An association never has the chance, as has been the case in the past, to lose, at the end of a year by one stroke, all its officers and advisers.
These graduate committees, then, of each association, keep the best methods of working, and discard the worst. In this, their work, they can give, from their experience, the best advice in regard to the management and policy of each association. In short, they can work most effectively towards the raising of the athletic standard at Harvard.
Tonight the Committee on the Regulation of Athletic Sports will probably decide whether or not our "Mott Haven" team shall be allowed to compete in New York in the spring. It will be interesting, when the decision is made known, to note whether or not it is in accordance with the views of the H. A. A. graduate advisory committee. This committee is strongly in favor of taking no measures whereby we shall be barred from meeting Yale in track athletics this year. A refusal to allow the team to go to New York would be a tendency toward such a result.
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