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Hobart herald. (Geneva, N.Y.) 1879-1942, April 01, 1908, Image 18

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2 1 4 Hobart Herald Editorials Leaders of college activities find their hardest COLLEGE opponent in that indefinable and invisible SPIRIT essence known as “ college spirit.” The pres­ ence of this something means enthusiasm, support, freedom from knocking and at the end success. The lack of college spirit spells failure. In classroom, on the baseball or lacrosse fields, at college lectures or in support of some other college activity means everything. College spirit is the basis of the Honor system; it promotes and fosters athletics, the Paint and Powder Club, e tc. Often it is lacking— far too often. Go to any college lecture— say the one given by Dean Crane on Petrarch. Only about 60 townspeople were present and only ten under­ graduates. Do you wonder that “ P rexy” becomes discouraged, that the number of lectures grow smaller every year? Do you wonder he did aw a y with the no-first-recitation rule after lectures when men would take advantage of that rule and not pay in kind b y attending the lecture? W ere you one of the crowd that saw Hobart win from the Antlers and probably pre­ vented a \rough-house” ? If so, did you go because the manager saw you personally? Let every man in college ask himself a few questions and if the answers show that he has had college spirit— let him continue it; if he has not, let him start now'. All together, now, a n d pull for Hobart. D o n ’t think, either, that college spirit goes CHIMERA unrewarded. Two non-secret societies exist fo r that purpose only. Chimera is the under­ classman society a n d Druid the senior society. To make Chimera a man must have 16 points at least, according to th e following schedule: Only five men from the underclassmen are elected.

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