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COLUMBIA, S. C., JANUARY 21, 1909.
THE LEGISLATURE AND
The time that is necessarily occupied
by the students of the University in
preparing for examiniations prevents
the boys from attending as often as
they would like the meetings of the
Legislature. Then, too, they do not
get a chance to hear the speeches de
livered by distinguished men at this
'lhe Legislature convenes the sec
ond week 11 January. The boys have
just returned fron the holidays, and
the near approach of the mid-term
examinations necessitates their getting
down to hard work in order to be
thoroughly prepared. The test begins
about the first of February, and lasts
through the 15th of the month. The
students have scarcely any time to
attend the meetings of the Legisla
ture before the first of the month, for
they are hard at work. Then, too, the
real work of the body of representa
tives and senators does not begin in
earnest until the first. From the first
until the fifteenth the most important
bills coie up and are discussed. It is
impossible during the examinations
for the boys to get an opportunity to
be present. After the final test is over,
the law-makers are only in session
tell more days, and things commence
to wind up. Therefore, the students
miss something which would benefit
them a great deal.
Examinations come twice a year,and
some arrangements should be made
by tile faculty to set tile mid-term ex
aminationis at a time wvhen tile Legisla
ture is not in session. This
op)portunity of attending the meetings
of the law-making body of our State
is a benefit that tile other colleges of
our State do not have. By keeping
-up withl the movemnents in the House
of 'Representaitives and Senate the stul
dents derive much valuable informa
tion. Many of the University stu
dents have' expressed -tile desire of
stanldinig thleir exam1inaitions eithler be
fore tile Christmas holidays or after
tile session of the Legislature.
The students of Carolina are always
gladl anld delighted when the repre
sentatives. from the different counties
mieet -to discuss the conditions of the
. State and.rpass laws' for its betterment.
They feel that there are great things
in store for them to learn. In fact,
they take a great deal of interest in
the work carried on in the House, and
some of the boys would be willing to
spend their entire time keeping up
with the problems that the Legislature
is confronted with and which they
dispose of with their best possible so
lution. The session of the law-making
body is educative in itself to the young
men- of the institution, who are inter
ested along those 'lines, and also to
those who intend to follow different
vocations. The young lawyers whom
the institution is preparing for t'
State are especially benefited. ThL,
opportunity gives them a clear insight
into the practical side of State law
making. It enlightens them on sub
jects that they have studied and fits
them for their profession more thor
oughly. Some of them will possibly
have seats in the Legislature some
day, and he will be somewhat better
fitted for the duty of a legislatureman.
A good result would be brought
about by the change of examinations.
The students would be benefited; there
would be nothing to conflict with ex
aminations, and the University, too,
would be better off in the long run.
Now that the mid-winter season has
arrived and the weather has become
too severe to indulge in out-of-door
sports, the student turns after a day
of wearying mental work to the gym.
to stretch his cramped muscles and to
clear his brain of the cobwebs that
have accumulated during the day. The
process is this: He bundles his gym.
suit, his towel and soap, and whatever
other articles he may wish to make
use of, into a linen bag, or perhaps
packs them into a suit case, and fugs
them over to the basement of the
After traveling through various
ditches and over numerous mounds he
enters through a back door into a low
ceiled, ill-lighted room, and endeavors
to find a dry spot to get into his gyn.
suit. He then goes out into the gym.
proper and wends his way through a
forest of iron posts to the handball
court. There are two of these courts,
but a three-socket electric fixture hangs
empty over one like an eyeless mon
ster, and unless he has remembered
to bring a lantern along, he can only
hope to play on the other court. Be
ing one of three hundred-odd students
who have the privilege of plAying
handball, he may get one or two slaps
at the ball by.waiting a few hours. If
he gets impatient, and tries to find
some other form of exercise, various
difficulties turn up in every quarter.
For instance, the bladder in the punch
ing bag is punctured or the rope from
wvhich it hangs has broken. Likewise,
the ropes on the weights, having served
overtime, are out of condition. The
dumb-bells and Indian clubs are mis
fits with few exceptions. In fact, al
most every piece of apparatus is out
of order in some way, and the baffled
student, in despair, finally decides to
take a turn around the running track
out on-the athletic field.
At last he is back in the dressing
room about dlusk, and, after rescuing
his clothes from puddles of water, lie
takes an ice-cold shower, plaes his
gym. suit and towel in his linen bag,
and returns to his room, having re
solved not to return to the gym. again.
This is in all essential particulars the
process of attending gym. About- the
only thing it accomplishes is to im
press very strongly one of the most
vital needs of/he University. Pri
marily, we nped money for a good
gymnasium, and that should be the ul
timate aim of the University. It is
useless to catalogue the benefits that
would accrue to the institution through
the possession of an up-to-date gym.
with a well-lighted, clean dressing
room, lockers, and, a set of showers
with both hot *and cold water. It is
an essential. All universities worthy
of the name are so equipped. Many
of them have swimming pools, indoor
running tracks, baseball cages. And
there is no apparent reason why the
University of South Carolina, a State
institution, founded for the bendfit of
the young men of South Carolina, and
supported by the State of South Caro
lina, should not offer as attractive in
ducements to prospective students as
any other State institution in the coun
But if it is impossible to procure an
up-to-date gym., at least the gym.
which we do possess should be kept in
good shape. We 'are particularly for
tunate in having a very able physical
director; but what have we gained if
we do not furnish him the means
whereby to carry on his work? Why
is it, then, that the present gymnasium
is not .kept in good condition? For
instance, the gym. floor is so thin
and rotten in places that a slight pres
sure of the foot will break it through.
The condition is inconvenient, not to
say dangerous. Again, there are nu
merous electric light fixtures in vari
ous places, but very few lights. Un
guarded lights in a gym. are useless.
What is needed is two arc lights in
the gymnasium proper, and enough
sixteen-candle globes in the dressing
room to enable a man to find his
clothes after dusk. At least every
socket should have a light, and every
light should have a wire guard around
it. It would cost very little to supply
these lights, and they would be greatly
appreciated by the students.
There is some very valuable appa
ratus lying covered with dust against
the wall. A wrist machine is otjt of
commission for the need of a coupi
of bars and some strong cotton rope.
The horizontal bars have lost two
screws which could be easily replaced.
One of the heavy weights has a large
single handle where two separate
small handles are needed. There are
twvo handball courts, but one of them
is too poorly lighted to be used.
The baths are supposed to be show
ers, and to furnish hot and cold water.
But the sprayers have all disappeared,
and the coal which is used to heat the
water in the one diminutive tank is a
waste of good fuel. Instead of all the
baths being in one room, they are
spread out into two. The result is
that both rooms are continually wet.
Now, one of these rooms has a con
crete floor. The most sensible ar
rangement, and the one suggested by
Mr. McCarthy, wvould be to make this
room a shower room, and to keep the
other for lockers and as a dressing
room. -A line of showers could be ar
ranged alongr each wall in the first
room, and one large cold shower could
be placed in the'centre. One large
sink could be placed in the centre of
the floor to carry off the water. In the
locker room there could be a line of
lockers along each wall and a double
line down the middle. The plan is a
good one, and if possible should he
Another thing that is badly needed
ii. an office for the physical director.
There are various records and papers
which have to be kept, and under the
present arrangement Mi'. McCarthy
must carry them around in his pocket
or else, not keep them at all. Any
valuable apparatus which the gym.
may happen to possess, or may be so
fortunate as to obtain in the future,
should be under the especial supervis
ion and care of the director. As it is,
such apparatus must be exposed to
the tender mercies of any curious stu
dent who may have a desire to experi
ment with it. At other gymnasiums
such things are kept locked up in the
physical director's office and used
when needed. There is a little room
off to the front of the gym. which is
at present empty and unused, and
which could at slight cost be fitted up
as an office for Mr. McCarthy. A
desk, a couple of chairs, and a few
lockers, and the office would be fitted
As far as track athletics are con
cerned, we really have no running
track, at all. Any. ordinarily even
piece of ground with a decided slope
on one side would serve just as well
as the track now in use. We need
hurdles, vaulting poles, a 'new ham
mer, a new putting shot, and almost
everything used in connection with this
form of athletics.
What we need, above all, is money,
if not for a new gymnasium, at least
to renovate and fit out the gymnasium
we have. We need the money, and our
only hope of getting it is through an
appropriation by the Legislature. Let
us all use whatever influence we may
have and all the influence our friends
may have and all the influence of our
friends' friends unto the last degree to
obtain for the University of South
Carolina a gymnasium up-to-date in
At the meeting of the Euphradian
Literary Society held last Saturday
night the officers for the next term
were elected. All literary exercises
were dispensed with. The Society ad
journed until the 20th of February.
It is a regular custom for the Societies
to adjourn two weeks before the ex
aminations. The newly-elected officers
President, B. Manning, '09; vice
president, W. H. -James, 'og9; secretary,
R. E. Seibels, 'io; treasurer, I. G.
Cain, '10; critic, J. H. Brown, '1o;
censor, J. 0. Sheppard, 'i i ; orderly
critic, J. H. H:ammond, '1o; recorder,
P. T. Wright, '12; librarian, J. E.
Simpkins; custos forum, B. J. White.
These men will take up the duties of
their respective offices immediately
after examinations. This is the last
Senior election ofs the year. The next
election comes off just before college
closes, andl is known as the Junior