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ized an expenditure of $50 for baseball, which will be added to, probably by as much more, as needs arise.
At the end of last session the Athletic Association consented to take charge of the college annual, offered it by the classes. The Association
was thought to be the most representative of Cactus.
student bodies in existence at the time, and it
was hoped that under careful management the enterprise might assist in the support of athletics. This linking of the fortunes of the Annual with those of athletics is a new departure, and there is not lacking difference of opinion as to the wisdom of the step taken. It will be interesting to watch the development of the experiment. In this connection it may be remarked that there is some discussion of a plan to organize a Students' Council, including all students, similar to that which exists in the Medical Department, and there are some who believe that such an organization could most appropriately assume control of the Cactus.
Shortly after the opening of the session the Council organized by electing Professor Taylor, Chairman; Mr. Victor Brooks, Treasurer; and Mr.
J. M. Taylor, Secretary. The Managing ComGeneral Notes. mittee, consisting at present of Messrs. Victor
Brooks and Gordon Clarke, was instituted for the first time this year. Student managers seldom serve for longer than one year, and heretofore each has had to learn his duties afresh with practically no guidance or assistance. This has sometimes led to financial loss that could ill be afforded, and always to mistakes that a little experience could have avoided. The purpose is to continue the committee from year to year, so that it may accumulate experience, and aid and guide student managers, while taking active control out of their hands as little as possible. In December Messrs. Taylor and Brooks resigned as Chairman and Treasurer respectively, and Messrs. Mezes and Richardson were elected for their unexpired terms. Owing to the activity in spring sports, the Council will have to meet more frequently in the latter portion of this year, and the alumni members especially, on whom the burden of this duty lies heaviest, will place all interested in University athletics more deeply in their debt.
S. E. MEZES.
STUDENT LIFE. A decidedly large number of students, accompanied by most of the Faculty, went to Dallas on October 24th, to take part in the exercises attendant on University Day at the Fair. A special train of thirteen coaches carried the excursion. The announcement of our coming was made all along the road, and at each of the stops large and enthusiastic crowds greeted us vociferously. The train reached Dallas a little after ten, and then there came a rush for sleeping places. The hotels were full, and could offer no adequate accommodation to the crowd. Many were forced to take "cot room," and were so bothered by the mosquitoes that they found little time to sleep. Nearly everyone spent the forenoon of the next day in enjoying the Fair. In the afternoon the football game between the University and the Dallas Athletic Club was the sole attraction. That night a banquet was held in the Oriental, where many were gladdened by the sight of "old familiar faces,” and all were inspired with new University enthusiasm by the glowing oratory of our old graduates. A great many, tired and fatigued by a day of sight seeing and excitement, returned the same night. The rest come back the next day. While some of us fumed and fussed at not being permitted to occupy an entire seat going up, some of us were cross from lack of sleep the night of our arrival, and others were disappointed by the showing made by the team, yet no one, I think, can truly say he had not enjoyed the trip, and nearly all signified an intention of going again if the chance was given them.
The season of elections is always sure to cause much stir among the students, and the two elections held this past term were no exceptions to the rule. The first was the selection of a board of editors for this year's Cactus. As the Athletic Association now has charge of the Annual, only those who were members of the Association were eligible to vote. The two parties, the old and the new, nominated their respective choices. The names were written on the board, and all were ready to vote when an objection was made to the form in which the names were slated. Amid much applause they were all erased. It was agreed then by both sides, after much discussion, to nominate the twenty candidates without respect to their constituency, and to vote for any ten. Durell Miller, Miss Jessica Clark, Miss Meade, Miss Rather, J. H. Byrd, D. Woodward, Bob Neill, Fritz Lanham, Edgar Townes, J. Booth, H. Thompson, M. M. McMahon, J. Underwood, J. R. Wilbanks, Bates McFarland, B. Wilson, Mont Highly, E. M. Overshiner and C. S. Potts were nominated. A count of the votes resulted in the election of Durell Miller, Miss Jessica Clark, Miss Rather, J. H. Byrd, Dudley Woodward, M. M. McMahon, J. Underwood, and Bates McFarland. Bates McFarland was then made Editor-in-Chief by the new Board and Oscar Calloway was elected Manager by the Athletic Council; J. H. Byrd and Randolph Terry are to assist him. The standing committees are as follows:
Committee on Literature.--Durell Miller, Miss Jessica Clark, Edgar Townes.
Committee on Art.-Hal Thompson, Miss Rather, Dudley Woodward.
Committee on Organization.-M. M. McMahon, Edgar Townes, J. H. Byrd, Miss Clark, J. Underwood.
The other election was that of Final Ball President. For over a week the electioneering had been sharp and spirited. As everyone had a vote in this election, the interest was more general. The virtues as well as the defects of each candidate were harped upon to the undecided. The meeting was called to order by Prof. Shurter of the School of Oratory. In a short and enthusiastic speech he thanked the body for the honor conferred upon him, and then stated the object of the meeting. The name of Mr. Semp Russ was proposed to the house by Mr. Shurtliff. Mr. Henry Lee Borden was nominated by Mr. Durell Miller. A count of the votes casti showed Mr. Borden elected. Immediately after the announcement of the result, Mr. Borden was shouldered by his admirers and carried from the Hall. The victors then organized themselves into a body and marched around town yelling the various yells gotten up for the occasion. The followers of Mr. Russ, however, remained true, and far into the night one could hear the yell and the echo of a “Nothing at all, he's the man for the Final Ball."
The Freshmen and the Junior Laws have had their second melee over & disagreement which they arrived at last year. Unable to settle their differences by force or compromise, the two classes decided to have a cane rush to be held on the Athletic Field. But wiser counsel prevailing, the rush did not take place, and the question of superiority is thus still in statu quo ante bellum.
At last it seems a possibility that this University and Tulane will contest for supremacy in oratory. An exceedingly encouraging and earnest letter has been received from Mr. Sidney F. Lewis, Jr., Speaker, G. B. L. S. of Tulane, in reply to the joint letter of our two literary societies. A set of resolutions governing the joint debate between the two Universities has been adopted by the Association of this University, and will shortly be sent to Tulane for consideration. In article two it is stipulated that the debate shall take place at Austin, Texas, sometime in April, the definite date to be agreed upon later. There is little doubt but that Tulane will subscribe to the articles and that at last the debate between the two Universities will take place. This phase of student interest has been without many supporters in the past, and it was not until Baylor's defeat of us last spring that our eyes were opened to our shortcomings. We laughed at Baylor's confidence and her yells apropos of victory. And yet she lowered our colors, probably not because her speakers were brighter intellectually, but because they spent more time in the preparation of their side of the question. The incentive to such careful preparation was no doubt due to the feeling that everybody in their university was going to cheer roundly if they were successful.
Nearly every class in the University has tendered its members some kind of a reception. The Freshmen met one another at Mrs. Kirby's shortly after the opening of the session. Tuesday night, December the fifth, the Junior Law Class gave a german at Eighth Street Hall, which was largely attended. The Junior Academic entertained with a similar reception in November, and now it remains for the two Senior classes to devise some plan to bring their members together in a social gathering.
The Y. M. C. A. has given the students three very creditable entertainments. The attendance has been just as good as the lectures. Mr. Polk Miller as an impersonater of negro characters was among the most enjoyed.
0. H. PALM.
Encouraged by the fact that never before in the history of our University have the grades been so uniformly excellent as those given on the examinations of last term, the students have returned to work with a will that gives promise of even better things in the future. The proficiency indicated was not the result of a sudden impulse of scholarship, but has been a gradual growth. At Grace Hall there are about thirty young ladies-surely a large enough number to be representative. Mrs. Leisewitz, the matron of the Hall and the loved and helpful friend of every girl within its doors, speaking of her girls and their work said: "The last three or four years have marked a crisis in the development of scholarship among the girls of our University. Until not so very long ago it seemed to be a question with many of the University girls whether the highest standard of worth, in a student, was scholarship or social suocess. The question has settled itself in favor of scholarship. My girls are students—the last one of them. A girl who enters the Hall with her mind made up to play, either changes her mind very soon or goes away.
She feels that she is in the wrong atmosphere that she is not wanted or appreciated. I am very grateful to the girls who have made Grace Hall what it is, and I hope the present standard may long be maintained."
The fact that the U. of T. co-ed. is a student doesn't lessen her interest in athletics one iota. Witness the following extract from The Ranger:
"BASKET BALL CONTEST. Saturday afternoon, January 13th, the first basket ball contest in the history of the University of Texas took place in the young ladies' gymnasium.
The line up was as follows: E. Morey
M. Ideson. E. Norvell ..G. D...
J. Ideson. H. Leverett
L. Kritzer, B. Mackey
M. Hines. M. Guthrie
N. Turner N. Fort
E. Gutzeit. G. Whitis
... M. Key. The Whitis team and the team popularly known as the “Ideson team," met on the field at 3:15.
As the game was called, each face was earnest and each eye eager. Miss Wagner, the referee, being absent, the ball was put into play by Miss Ludlow, caught by M. Ideson, and the game was on. The spirit shown wag worthy of a greater stake. With varying fortune, the ball was tossed cleanly and caught surely, and at the end of the first quarter the score stoorl 1 to 0 in favor of the Whitis team.
Miss Wagner now took her place, and the game was called again. Again the ball fell on the Ideson side, and although in the rush that followed the Whitis team scored, it fought against players worthy of the name. Miss Gutzeit in particular distinguished herself by swift, clean work. She was always in the right place at the right moment, and her aim was sure and quick.
The game seemed to be going entirely to the Whitis team, when in the third quarter a foul gave their opponents a free throw. The goal thrower, Miss Kritzer, took her stand, amid breathless excitement, aimed cooly, and made her goal.
In the last quarter Miss Key, by a splendid play, scored again. While the tie lasted, partisan feeling ran high among the onlookers; then Miss Leverette scored on the other side, making an easy goal. During the last few minutes the efforts were superhuman, but the referee's whistle blew, and the score stood 3 to 2 in favor of the Whitis team, which had played nobly."
Other basket-ball teams are at work, prominent among them being the “Grace Halls"and the "Ashbels.” As soon as the weather permits, arrangements will be made to have the teams practice at Hyde Park, in order to get the advantage of the open air.
Basket ball is not the only athletic joy of our co-ed. On the contrary, her ambitions along this line are many and varied. If the weather is fine, you can see her on the tennis court or the golf links, rowing on the lake or walking to the Park. If the weather is not so fine, look for her in
Miss Norvell has given us a list of the apparatus to be found therein. All this our co-ed. uses with grace and skill. Read the list and judge of her accomplishments:
Ten chest weights.
The Ashbel, says its president, is in a most flourishing condition. At the first meeting of this term there were four new members initiated. These filled the roll, as twenty-five is the number limit of membership. Many of