Law School students are making a concerted demand upon the H.A.A. and University Hall through the means of a special committee appointed by the Law School Committee of Phillips Brooks House for better and wider athletic facilities.
In a letter which was sent to President Conant, the director of athletics, William J. Bingham '12, the Dean of the Law School, James M. Landis, the Corporation, the Board of Overseers, and the Hygiene Building through Arlie V. Bock, Henry K. Oliver Professor of Hygiene, as well as others, the committee made plain that they desired that a wholly new plan of athletics be put into force for the Law School.
Specifically they are desirous that there be a paid secretary appointed by the H.A.A. to organize intra-mural sports for the Law School dormitories. It is expected that touch football teams and soft ball baseball teams will be organized among the Law School Halls, and among those outside the Halls.
Furthermore, there will be a campaign of publicity in an attempt to get more people to buy the participation tickets and to take part in the athletic facilities of the college. Eventually the committee expects to demand a compulsory athletic fee for all Law School Students. This is not being done at present since if all students paid for a participation ticket, they would not all be able to take part in the facilities which are afforded at present.
It is estimated that there are 1200 people who do not buy participation tickets at present and that consequently $12,000 would be raised by this plan.
This sum will be used to pay for a paid secretary who will take charge of all athletic activities among the students. In addition there will be managers who will be paid in every Hall to organize the sports on the ground that, parallelling the Student Council report, there can be informality with organization.
Dr. Arlie V. Bock is squarely behind the proposals, believing that the number of Law School men who come to the Infirmary is directly due to the lack of athletic facilities. Another prime mover in the activity is James A. McLaughlin, professor of law, who was mainly responsible for the opening of Hemenway Gymnasium. It is also thought that the dean of the Law School is behind the movement. Dean Pound did not sympathize with such activities among the Law School students, believing that they should spend all their time on their studies, but both Landis and the acting dean, Morgan, believe that athletics are salutory.
Another specific demand is that squash courts be established in Hemenway Gym since the committee declares that here are not more than two courts daily open for Law School students