The Free lance. (State College, Pa.) 1887-1904, February 01, 1891, Image 2

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    hours, the latitude of the gentlemen for
walking and other out-door exercises is
not restricted, while it is with lady stu
dents. In view of these considerations
we think that the young ladies should
give more time to gymnasium practice
than the young men should.
A greater interest has already been
shown by them than the majority of
male students have ever shown, and if
this interest can be kept up, good re
sults are sure to follow.
Right here we venture to say that in
both cases, gymnasium practice for
young men and women should be com
pulsory. Since we have had the new
building and its splendid equipment of
apparatus, no person could but notice
i the physical development in those who
have taken an interest in it. This might
be true of all our students were they use the gymnasium regu
larly, even though the time so spent
should be little. Although we have al
ways appreciated the gymnasium, (for
we saw the time, when we had none,)
yet some students think themselves so
well developed physically, that they
never take advantage of the opportuni
ties offered them in this line, except to
see from mere curiosity what feats they
can perform.
A person should no more stop his
physical culture because he has became
proficient, than should an expert phy
sician stop his practice of medicine for
the same reason. We hope the young
ladies will set a good example for the
whole body of students by persevering
in their new field of opportunities, They
have one advantage which the gentle
men have not : a competent instructor ;
and we expect to see in a short time
such a degree of proficiency as shall
cause the young men to look enviously
upon their accomplishments, and be led
thereby to greater exertions.
THE rumor that there is a possibility
of the Faculty granting to the corps
of cadets a week in camp during the
spring term warrants a few words be
ing said in support of an action of tha
Theory without practice in military
matters is of little consequence ; and
there is no branch of military tactics in
which this is more strikingly true than
in the study of guard duty. It is one
most interesting as well as the most in
structive and important branch of mili
tary science. A thorough knowledget
of how to organize, conduct and control
a military 'camp is of the utmost impor
tance to every student of military
science. Where could this knowledge be
more satisfactorily attained than in a
military camp conducted stringently up
on military principles ? Surely there
can be no doubt as to its value, and a
week spent in this manner will not be
wasted, but on the . contrary will be the
means of infusing into the minds of the
cadets the importance and solemnity of