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To the Editor of the CRIMSON:
The spirit of undergraduate Harvard is not like the undergraduate spirit of other colleges, and the CRIMSON is to be congratulated that it has the courage to stand among the ranks of those who are not afraid to express appreciation and approval of "indifference" in its better sense. Attitudes are perhaps the most important and surely the most lasting part of that stuff called education which colleges dispense. There are those who think that a college should function only in the class room, but it is infinitely easier to believe with the multitude that a properly proportioned counter-poise of other interests can only widen and enlarge the value of undergraduate life. What is impossible is to attempt to mix the two; Athletics can contribute no more to "indifference" than "indifference" can contribute to athletics. But together they make a full man. If we are going to have sports, let us have them, and let us play our hockey games with the best hockey sticks and cheer leaders that competition can produce, but don't let us ask the team to whizz the puck back and forth across the ice with their breath. Let the spectators do that if they come, but by all means and above all, let them stay at home if they wish.
The only conceivable argument for identifying cheer leaders with major sprot captains rests on the grounds of dignity, so let us bid adieu to the old system with the most approved form of dignified cheer and usher in the new with a trial of its effects on the scores before any opinions are passed. Philip Walker '25.
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