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The announcement of a $200,000 athletic endowment fund by President Conant of Harvard has set a precedent that will reverberate on the intercollegiate horizon for some time to come. Designed to free Varsity and intra-mural sports forever from the somewhat hazardous support rendered by the box-office sports the latest addition to the Cambridge institution's bulwark against the taint of professionalism has set her on a pinnacle of amateurism reached by only a few hinterland teachers' colleges.
From now on all forms of athletic endeavour, from lowly cross-country to highly-touted football, will become less and less dependent on the haunting specter of insufficient gate receipts; envisioning a not-too-distant future when sports-for-sports-sake wil bring true the dreams of all exponents of simon-pure athletics.
While other colleges throughout the nation are constantly increasing emphasis on crowd-attracting forms of sports in order to provide sustenance for minor activities, Harvard can sit back and let affairs coast along to an even finish.
The example can not be ignored. Universities saddled with expensive athletic plants can do well to follow Harvard's lead. It would relieve the pressure of two annoying problems, maintenance of lesser sports and charges of professionalism. The Brown Daily Herald.
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