The Free lance. (State College, Pa.) 1887-1904, December 01, 1889, Image 6

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    'T'HE failure on the part of a great number
of our students, to attend college and
other meetings is, certainly, a thing that cannot
be too strongly criticized. The pervading
character of a free college spirit should make
every man feel that business to be transacted
is business in which he is interested and, as
such it should receive a part at least, of his
time. There is nothing that is so derogatory
to our mutual advancement as the “lukewarm
easy going” habits that we have fallen into.
Enthusiasm is what is needed and the only
way it can be had is to have well attended
meetings. This idea that “ there will be
enough there without me ” must be given up.
The Senior should not begin to lose interest
already nor should the Freshman think that
he has no voice in college affairs. When
meetings are called let every person be on
time and ready to give his whole and undivided
attention to the subjects under consideration
for college matters are students' trusts and,
as such, should be taken care of by him.
WE hardly know how to make editorial
comment upon our record at foot-ball
this season, but we feel safe in saying that it
has not been as brilliant as might have been
expected. Never since the game was inaug
urated here has there been so much interest
taken in it by the students at large. With
good support and plenty of material to work
upon the season’s work was commenced under
what seemed to be exceptional circumstances.
The training, though somewhat curtailed by
the condition of the gymnasium, was well con
ducted and promised the good results which
were realized in the first game of the season,
with Swarthmorc, in which our team showed
superiority at every point. After this game
the work was continued with the expectation
of playing four or five games with eastern
colleges, but for some unforseen reason the
number was reduced to two namely, one with
Lafayette, in which, while beaten by the score
26 to o, we feel we did ourselves credit; the
other with Lehigh University, about which
we cannot say more than that it was a great
farce and to justify this statement we need
only to call attention to the score of 106 to o,
as compared with that of the game with La
fayette, when Lehigh and Lafayette were so
.evenly matched this season. These two
defeats resulted in the almost entire suspen
sion of training, and every one felt that our
season had closed, but a game was arranged
with Bucknell University for Thanksgiving
day, and the fact that we won, scorei2too,
in our untrained condition is sufficient to
show that the team can play good foot-ball.
By winning this game we were enabled to
close even, with two games won from colleges
of our own rank in sports and lost two to those
of a higher standing. As a whole we cannot
flatter ourselves, for the remembrance of the
crushing defeat we received at Lehigh forcibly
reminds us that our work in these lines needs
better organization.
A MONG the other wants of our institution,
we are greatly in need of a course in min
ing-engineering. We are well aware that there
is a great pressure felt in our various depart
ments now, both in lack of space and of equip
ment; and to add to these another distinct and
separate course, under the present condition
of affairs, would not only result in increasing