Fresh Man to Freshman

B.S. on Sports

Hey you, freshman.

Yeah, I'm talking to you.

Did you really think for a minute that you had anyone fooled? That maybe you were enjoying it here after the capital punishment they call Freshman Week? Or, even more pathetic, that you've got all the cool, upperclass knowledge of courses because you attended a few low-numbered vocational lectures yesterday?

Believe me, I know your type. Probably asked Albert Lord why his family took the name of a famous celebrity.

Enough pomposity. I feel sorry for all the freshmen out there. You want to be accepted. You want to be cool. You want to be Harvard, whatever that is.


I've got news for you. You're not going to impress anyone by hanging around the condiment table at the Union or taking your lecture notes in shorthand.


Sports is your ticket to the brass ring of acceptance as a Yardling. You don't have to be athletically inclined--just give the appearance that recreation is your release from the bureaucratic holding penalty that is the Ivy League.

It's not difficult to pretend that you are an athlete. Some of us make a career out of it. And while you may not impress your fellow newcomers, if anything you'll be characterized, and that's half the battle won in the terrorism of the freshman identity crisis.

So take off those disgusting black cotton socks for starters and follow some of these helpful hints to non-athletic jockdom as a freshman:

*Instead of wasting your time throwing that pansy Frisbee thing in the Yard, throw a five-pound discus.

*Tell everyone you played "semi-pro ball." Semi-pro ball can be anything from soccer to cheeze-squeezing. And if somebody tries to corner you and asks you what semi-pro league you played in, just give the standard neurotic freshman response, "What, don't you believe me?" and storm away.

*Handle any conversation like it was a post-game interview. Always talk about "being up," "playing with intensity," or just "feelin' real good."

*Take all your v-neck sweaters, cut off the sleeves at the elbows, tape a number on the back, and say it's a new lambswool jersey you've been asked to endorse.

*Always refer to Derek Bok as "The Turk."

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