As it has been definitely decided that there will be no University crew representing Columbia this year, the interest of the whole college is centered on the prospects of the freshman crew. No arrangements have yet been made, but it is probable that the crew will row Harvard and Yale at New London, and possibly the Cornell freshmen on the Hudson. As Columbia won in the triangular race last spring, it is the duty of both Yale and Harvard to challenge, but thus far no action has been taken by either college.
The feeling at Columbia is generally in favor of rowing Yale and Harvard at New London. Harvard and Columbia are tie in the championship series, each college having won six races. Yale rowed Columbia in '86, '90 and '91, winning the race in '90. Thus by the unwritten laws of boating, it is Yale's turn to challenge. There is a general sentiment against rowing Cornell, not arising from the success of the latter's crews, but rather from the fact that they draw their material from the first-year men of all departments, while Columbia takes men from the undergraduate courses of the Arts and Mines. These are much younger and lighter than the Ithaca crew.
The candidates have been hard at work during the past month under the charge of Starr Taintor '93, who rowed No. 5 on his freshman crew. From the original forty candidates the following men are now training: Dougherty, Shepard, Cutler, Potts, Richards, Beech, Thayer, Freeman, Brown, Little, Cushman, Smythe, Sterry, Johnston, Spaulding and Foerster. The crew will work in the gymnasium until the end of the month, when it will probably be mild enough to row upon the Harlem.