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F. S. Speigner.. ........(Euphradian)
L. A. Buie.. ..........(Clariosophic)
J. HI. Brown.. .........,(Euphradian)
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Y. M. C. A.
COLUMBIA, S. C., NOVEMBER 2, 1008.
A PLEA FOR THE
Boys, it is a pure case of "sink or
swini, live or (lie, survive or perish,"
with The Gamecock. The financial
end is lacking, yet if every student
would subscribe for the paper the edi
tion could be gotten out with ease.
Just think a few minutes of the price
of .subscription-three small fifty-cent
pieces. Do you call it college spirit
to let the weekly paper fall through?
It is a reflection upon each individual
and on the entire student body to let
it perish. At present there are only
about twenty subscribers outside of
the societies, which have about one
hundred and seventy-five members.
Just about three-fifths of the boys are
supporting a paper which benefits the
entire student body, and it is safe to
say that those who do not take The
Gamecock read it when they can get a
chance to borrow from those who do.
It is never too late to do good, and
now is a chance to profit by your help.
We are all Carolina students, with her
good at heart, and let's show our loy
alty, subscribe to The Gamecock and
The Carolinian, and take an interest
in all athletics. In this way you can
show your college spirit.
The present gymnasium is a poor
excuse for an athletic house such as
the University of - South Carolina
should possess. Nor is it even ade
quate for a smaller college.
The basement of the Science Hall
constitutes the gym, and although it
occu pies considlerab)le floor space, this
has been cut up into many small de
p)artmlenlts in ordler, in some wvay, to
sup)ply the many athletic dlemandls.
There is a general mixup) when the
basketball and football men, the gym
classes, and the other boys who take
light exercise gather at the gymna
sium. In order to carry on the gym
classes, McCarthy does not allow the
front -door to be opened, and those
wvishing to get ai bath have to enter by
a door at the -back, wade through
water which is always standing on the
cement floor, pass into the football
'players' room, undr'ess and take their
bath, which causes a general confusion
for-one to dress and get ont with wat
he went in with. All this causes much
trouble for the football men, who are
tired out after practice and wish to
get a bath before the supper hour. The
arrangement for hanging up clothes
*are poor. The football uniforms are
laid out on the floor from one day to
another, for the lack of sufficient places
to put them.
Eveii the baths are far from ade
quate or anything that adequate im
plies. There are about six running
shower with the sprinklers lacking.
The water that passes through the
spouts is always as cold as ice, and it
is a treat of the season to get a warm
.bath. There is no way to regulate the
water, even if there is a roaring fire
in the stove. It is a sight to watch the
crowd of boys standing around, nude
and eager to get a touch of the water
in dead winter, however cold.
The few exercising apparatus are in
fairly good condition, but are too few
for the demands of three hundred
boys. The physical instructor him
self is aware of the need of a better
gymnasium. Sometimes if the classes
taking regular exercises are filled up
it is necessary to take them out in the
open air, or to permit them to take
cross-country runs. This is one de
partment that the University cannot
boast of, for it is far behind the times
and the many niecessary demands of
There is a demand for clean ath
letics these lays, as there is for clean
politics. The stage of grafting has not
yet attained to such a marked degree
as in politics. But it is no seldom
occurrence to find teams running in
ringers and players that are ineligible
under the S. I. A. A. rules. But even
the S. I. A. A. rules which have
proven to be such a defensive barrier
against professionalism are sometimes
The University of South Carolina,
although not belonging to the S. I.
A. A., has always stood for clean,
honest ball. Ringers are kept out by
forcing them to take a required amount
of work. The athletics at the Uni
versity this year are free from the stain
CAROLINA CREDITS CHARLES
The students of the University of
South Carolina agree with the Charles
ton College student who so ably de
fended the athletics of his institution in
the "State Paper" of the 19th.
Charleston. College played Carolina
football here this season, and although
the visitors wvere defeated, they p)layed
plucky ball and did not at any time
show lack of grit. In fact, the Uni
versity has been playing them some
athletic contest each year and their
team has alwvays put upl good, strong
fights and have won much cor.iment
for their p)luck andl game spirit.
But at the end he closes by safely
p)redlicting that the Charleston baseball
team is the team that will have to be
defeated for the State championship.
The closing words are: "The p)ros
p)ects for an all winning team looms
up brighter and brighter each dlay."
It is not safe, howvever, to p)redict so
far ahead of time. Last year the Uni
versity of South Carolina won the
State championship, by the way. She
too, has a look in again this year, and
besides the many other colleges of the
The campus/is. poorly lighted, but
if the situatip'n were looked into by
the faculty it could be remedied at lit
There are three arc lights down the
middle of the campus, which, together
with the reflection from the small elec
tric lights in the students' rooms, fur
nish the light for the entire campus.
It is no easy matter for strangers and
students, on account of something unl
avoidable, to find their way to the
place they wish to go. It is like grop
ing one's way in the dark with the ad
dition of a few fences and trees to fall
over. The present lighting facilities
would hardly give the least idea to a
stranger passing down Sumter street
that the University of South Carolina
was anywhere near.
Sockets for electric light bulbs are
in front of each building, but they have
not been used in such a long time that
it would appear somewhat strange to
see them used now. Merely beautiful
ornaments, not performing a tenth
part of what thy were put tip for.
If the empty sockets were filled with
globes of thirty-two, sixteen or even
eight candle power lights the situation
at night would be improved. The
walks wouki thus be lighted so one
could see where he was walking, or
distinguish Rutledge from Legare, or
Elliott from Harper College. The
question has been asked by new men:
"What are those things used for?" re
ferriiig to the electrical apparatus. And
the only reply is: "As ornaments, not
to be used, handled or to serve their
THE KEELEY INSTITUTE
The old familiar cry of "Rock 'em
up Bubber" is not often heard. The
Keeley Institute has not opened up
yet. One can no longer sit in the
Senate chamber and hear those famil
iar sounds of "That's me," "Kill 'em,"
Keely," and "Who's stuck?" What
has caused this blow to the great
sport? Among the Freshmen prob
ably it is because the city of Columbia
has passed another ordinance prohib
iting minors from playing pool. Surely
no one but a Freshman would be
frightened by such a "dead letter."
There is no pretence towards the en
forcement of it. Such an ordinance,
if enforced at all, would certainly be
of great benefit to the students of this
college. The "thuds" in February
would not be quite so numerous, and
one wvouldl never have to walk to the
Among the upper classmen probably
the reason of this lack of enthusiasm
in the sport is dlue to the fact that some
hav'e not renewed their acquaintance
with the Senator on account of p)ast
relations. Let the cause be what it
may, it certainly has had a far-reach
ing effect upon the students in the
So hereafter when you wish to wish
the Senator good luck say: "Glory be
to George Topshe and his fountain."
Prof. C.---"Nhnow what is a pat I"
A FRESHMAN'S DREAM
A Freshman was studying in the
library. Freshmen usually study
there, as they are too meek to steal
the professor's fence or someone else's
This Freshman was sleepy, for a
good reason, he was studying his
Math. Now, Math being a very dry
subject (which we have learned from
experience), the Freshman soon began
to'nod, soon he was -fast asleep and
dreaming about what? Not angles,
triangles andi parallelograms,"nor about
father and mother at home, but- a most
He dreamed that all the students
were assembled in front of the library
to hear the law of the librarian. All
the Freshmen treibled and quaked in
their shoes and were sorely afraid.
Even the higher classmen were a little
afraid, for they all knew what was
coming. Suddenly the librarian ap
peared in the front window and a hush
fell upon the vast throng. Pointing a
menacing hand at them she spoke
"I am the sole ruler of this library,
thou shalt have no other besides me;
neither shall the assistants rule over
you, nor Literary Bob.
"Thou shalt not speak aloud or even
in a whisper in the library, all com
munications shall be made by nods of
the head. Woe be unto he who shall
break this law.
"Thou shalt not bow down or serve
any C. F. W. girls who are in fhe
library, for I look with a jealous eye
upon all usurpers of my privilege.
"Thou shalt not take the name of
Literary Bob in vain, for you must
remember that he is doing the best
that he can.
"Remember when the faculty meets
and take note, for great punishment
results for those who break this law.
"Honor thy Librarian and her as
sistants that the days may be long upon
the land which the Lord thy God
"Co-eds are positively forbidden to
talk together, for they disturb the
peace of the library by their chattering.
Furthermore, they shall hereafter be
confined to the alcove in the northwest
corner, which is provided with bars
and lock. Neither shall they attempt
to distract the attention of the boys
who are at the reading table. They
shall sit still and read books of Bug
ology and Co-edo/ogy. Hark, Co-eds,
those of You who break this law shall
be forced to spend an additional year
And all .the Carolina boys sawv the
thundlerings and the lightning and the
hot air issuing from the library and
they were sore afraid and withdlrewv
and stood afar off behind A. C.'s
And they saidl unto Literary Bob
(who had fled also from the wrath of
the librarian), speak thou with us and
we wvill hear, but let not the librarian
sp)eak with us lest we die. And Lit
erary Bob saidh unto the boys, Fear not.
The Freshman w~as sorely afraid, he
groaned , and tossed. Suddenly lie
awoke with a start, heard a p)encil tap
ping furiously and a small voice call
ing, Robert, Oh, Robert.
"The Senator"-Naw, suh; Can't
give nuttin' on credit. I got beeg beel
to pay 'morrow."