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HOCKEY A MAJOR SPORT?

NO WRITER ATTRIBUTED

The importance of the University Forum to be held this evening can hardly be overestimated. For the subject to be discussed is one that has been before the student body for several years, and which has steadily gained in prominence. Shall Hockey be Made a Major Sport? is the question for discussion. The paramount purpose of the Forum is to enable the undergraduates to express freely their opinions on the issue and what action they opinions on the issue and what action they believe should be taken in the matter. That their views are decisive cannot be disputed. Our athletic system and policy concern the whole undergraduate body, and for this reason it is essential that their views on the question be obtained. It is only reasonable to suppose that they will look at the problem from all sides, and discuss fairly the pros and cons. Thus the Forum this evening, if well attended and enthusiastically supported, will outline clearly the undergraduate attitude toward making hockey a major sport, and this sentiment, expressed through fair and ample discussion, is the deciding factor. The student Council, representative of undergraduate opinion, will probably vote on this question next Monday evening, and therefore is particularly desirous of understanding the sentiment of the students before it casts a ballot. For this reason it is necessary for all men who are interested in this question and in our athletics in general to be on hand this evening to express their opinions.

Hockey has been gaining rapidly in popularity. It is played through a long season and is the only winter sport. Certainly it is strenuous and requires skill and endurance. While it does not attract as much attention and stimulate as much interest as football or the other major sports, the game has been gaining favor rapidly and now receives the support of the entire student body. As an organized sport it is far ahead of the other minor sports in its strenuousness, requirements of skill and endurance, and popularity. Standing out above the other minor sports and possessing all the requisites of a major sports, it deserves recognition of a higher order. Whether this recognition should be given is for the undergraduates to decide; and communications to the CRIMSON, and the Forum this evening offer the opportunities for expressing their judgment.

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