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A NEW CHEERING SECTION

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The decision of the Athletic Association to revert to its old policy of admitting deserving children to varsity football games is one of the most commendable made by a University agency in several years, and, if wisely expended, may go far in improving town and gown relations.

Harvard has always rendered small services to the intelligentsia of the Metropolitan District, but has had little to offer the poorer classes. There have been lectures on Emerson for the good ladies of Brattle Street and lectures on babies for enterprising mothers within walking distance of Longwood Avenue. Yet, as Cambridge has become industrialized, whole generations have grown up, surrounded, bewildered, flaunted by the organization that is Harvard. They have been ignorant of the Oversoul and too busy to visit the Medical School; Harvard has offered them little and their children nothing. Yet these thousands of underprivileged youngsters have kept up with the one phase of Harvard has offered them little and their children nothing. Yet these thousand of underprivileged youngsters have kept up with the one phase of Harvard they understand, and although they can never attend the College and are chased away from Soldiers Field, they have been loyal, if at times resentful.

The good feeling that the first hundred children will carry home on Saturday will be so inevitable, so natural, that one might suspect the University's publicity department of originating the scheme. Credit for the plan's conception and execution goes to Brooks House and William J. Bingham '16, himself once an active P. B. H. worker.

Abandoned six years ago because inefficient management let the privilege become abused, the plan was replaced by a twenty-five cents admission charge until it was found that all too few settlement children could afford this amount. Men who attend the Virginia game will have the satisfaction of knowing that they are watching more than just a football game, that, win or lose, the team will be gaining friends for Harvard.

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