Seniors! Magie word, but already some of it has begun to wear off. We shall soon be used to seeing each other with collar devices and aside from that we don't look any different or any better than we ever did.
In the past, we have been prone to criticize the preceding senior class on many grounds--chiefly their general lack of morale, their marching--now we will have to be on guard lest we, too, evidence these same shortcomings.
Having looked forward with some degree of anticipation to becoming seniors, we now find that the senior schedule is nowhere nearly as rosy as we thought. True, we do get a little extra shut-eye in the morning (which can unequivocally be said to be an unmixed good) but we have a far shorter lunch hour.
Disposing with the half hour before drill in the afternoon was sometimes a problem; now that problem is solved because we no longer have the half hour.
For quite some time we have been meaning to unburden ourselves on the subject of calisthenics. Despite the inconvenience of early rising and physical exertion, calisthenics unquestionably are an asset. And the current practice of allowing each class to conduct its own program has more in its favor than against it.
But it is not all good. There is a great tendency to standardize the exercises and do essentially the same ones, day after day, even though the directing personnel may change. This would be fine if we could assume that the set pattern was the acme of exercise patterns and that it called into play as many of the important muscles as possible for a 15-minute period.
This assumption, however, cannot always be made. Some degree of variety will make for more interest on the part of the participants and, with proper direction, cannot fail to benefit them more it proportion.
Some programs have been well thought out but often there is a tendency to do only five or six exercises and do each for a matter of minutes. When this happens only a relatively few sets of muscles are called into play and then often to the exclusion of others. As a general rule it would seem that a repetition of each exercise from 20 to 25 times would be adequate--for some even 15 would be enough.