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It is hard for the large majority of men who were not at the University during the war to realize the difficulty and importance of keeping up undergraduate athletic activity here in that unsettled period. The report of Dean Briggs, printed on another page of this issue, tells how successfully these problems were solved at Harvard.
With all the usual sources of revenue stopped, it was difficult enough to continue athletics, but with the enthusiasm for sport revived, before the means of financing it had again become normal, as was the case last spring, the problem was increased. To have allowed athletics to be dropped at the College would have been the easy course, but would have demoralized the future of the athletic system here, and made a gap in the life of those who were at College. Realizing this, the Athletic Committee worked unceasingly that sport might keep a foot-hold here.
The departure of four Harvard teams for a vacation invasion of the South is proof of the successful management of the war time committee. Due to careful control of expenditures and wise management during the past years, a formidable crew, nine, tennis team and lacrosse team are once more able to carry the Crimson southward. Dean Briggs and his colleagues deserve the thanks of everyone interested in the welfare of athletics at Harvard for their untiring effort in maintaining athletics so wisely and economically during such troubled years.
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