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CQ1UMIA, S. C., FEBRUARY 25, 1009.
Where is the minstrel?
After the feminine broil, what?
Wanted-A "rooting" squad that
The basketball game next Thursday
should prove a drawing card.
Whether the student body is con
scious of the fact or not, we have one
of the best basketball fives in the State.
With President Eliot, President
Mitchell, and the Alumni Association
on our hands on March the nineteenth,
we must have a holiday then to do
The galleries of the House have
been crowded with students every
night for the past week. It is a moot
ed question whether or not "Josh"
Ashley, of Anderson, or the C. F. W.
girls are responsible for their presence
at the sessions of the august House.
By your attendance or non-attend
ance at the basketball game next
Thursday afternoon, you will have an
opportunity of exhibiting your college
spirit or your lack of it. Come out, if
you have to borrow the money. We
will have to borrow sufficient of the
filthy lucre to get in the gate ourselves.
Playing football, like digging the lit
t)e trench across Panama, is a tremen
douis proposition. It requires the
highest qjualities of physical manhood,
nerve, muscle and endurance.
. But, you say, there is remuneration
and honor for the football player, as
sometime in the dim and'distant fu
ture there will be for the diggers of the
isthmiu ditch. We admit:that. for the
'Varsity man with his block "C," there
ig -prnunerstion, and that, in the plau
dits of his adniiring fellow-stidents,
therp is honor. How about the inqon
spicuous "scrqb"? No honor or re
muneration for him, only the barked
shin and broken nose.
The "scrub" has played as hard and
as consistently as his worship, the
'Varsity man. It is true that he has
taken part in no inter-collegiate games.
There ln ;been only the wearing
round of the daily scrimmage for him.
Lack of physical strength has kept the
"scrub," who is worthy of the name of
football player, from making the 'Var
sity. He has the nerve and he has the
endurance to stay in the game to the
end of the season. What reward does
he get to counterbalance the 'Varsity
It would be a small thing for the
Advisory Board to award the "scrub"
the monogram "U. S. C." At pres
ent, the monogram is blazoned upon
the breasts of any and all who see fit
to put it there. The Fieshman, justly
proud of his connection with Caro
lina, has the monogram sewed upon
the fronf of his first sweater. The
Senior ornaments his person in a like
manner. There is no harm in wearing
the monogram, none whatever. We
are all proud that we are Carolina
men and vanity makes us want to
show the world that we are such.
It would require little sacrifice for
us, the unathletic, to cease adorning
our persons with the monogram. Give
the monogram to those atli!-tes who
are proficient enough to play on the
second team, either baseball or football.
Make the monogram second only to
the block "C" as a token of athletic
A ROOTING SQUAD.
The remark one hears oftenest from
the members of the team when they
return from a trip is: "Didn't those
fellows 'root l'" We wonder if any
team ever visited Carolina and went
back to their home college and made
this same remark.
The "rooting" at Carolina :for the
last two years, at least, has been very
weak. It hardly could be heard be
yond the confines of Davis field. Of
course, an occasional cheer would dis
turb the atmosphere when Gibbes
stole a base or Bratton Davis made a
double play. But these outbursts were
entirely spontaneous, the product of a
moment of excitement. They can
hardly be classed as "rooting," which,
to deserve .the name, must be contin
uous and practically unbroken.
Hitherto, those who have felt like
doing any yelling, have serenely wvan
d'eredl out to the side-lines and made
a little noise when the spirit moved
themi. While those who did not have
the energy, have complacently climbed
into the grandstan~d and sat with the
feminine gender. The grandstand
sitters saw the game all right, and,
doubtlessly, criticized our players
when they made an error. But, what
else did they do? Well, they sat by
the girls, which, in itself, is a mighty
nice thing to do. But what good (lid
they (10 the. team? Were the nine
men who were struggling to uphold
Carol in a's reputation cheered by or even
cqnscious of the presence of the dle
mnure grandstand sitters We dio,,t it
So much for the grandstand sitters.
As we said befote, the, side-lines have
at times n)ade a little noticeable noise,
but we re.;iffirim that they have never
"rooted" in the correct sense of the
word. What was the matter? Some
of them had the spirit. True, but
they laced' organization and practice.
This js just it. Some few of the
men Unew, the yells, a few more had a
hazy idea of them, but the majority
were at a loss to know how the yells
went. Then, too, there has been con
fusion as to when and what to yell.
All these things could be remedied by
the organization of a regular "rooting"
This is the plan which we suggest.
Let the student body elect an energetic
man, a lazy man cannot "root," tQ take
charge of all the rooting. Thii the
members of the studient body who
wish to join the rooting squad can
hand in their names to the cheer lead
er, or "chief rooter," and this digni
tary can set a regular time for the
squad to meet, say immediately after
supper. The squad can thus thorough
ly learn the yells and arise to the occa
sion on the day of the games. Two
squads might be formed with different
leaders and vie with one another as to
which cou d. make the most noise.
"Rooting" from the side-lines is im
practical. The tendency is to spread
out along the line. Consequently, it is
hard for all to hear the "chief rooter"
give the signal. The grandstand is the
only place for good consistent and per
sistent "rooting." There tile "rooters"
will all be within reach of the cheer
leader's voice and know what and
when to yell.
This is merely a suggestion, al
though this plan is worked with suc
cess at other colleges. We have as
healthy lungs as they have, and we
can, if well organized, make as much
* * *
A block "C" is the highest token of
appreciation that Carolina can confer
as a recognition of athletic ability.
About twenty-two "C's" are given
each year to the 'Varsity and football
and baseball men, who play in thc re
quired number of regular inter-colle
giate games. It is needless to say that
the block "C" is greatly prized and its
possessor has just cause to Le proud.
A year or two ago, when Carolina
had an organized track team, the "C.
T." was given to the men who proved
most proficient in track work. Now
that basketball has sprung into some
degree of prominence, and it-is the com
ing game at Carolina, why not award
the "C. B." t.o the hard-working mem
bers of tile basketball five? The "C.
B." would, in a measure, stimulate the
men to make the five. It wvoutld encour
age those who engage in thle game
this year to work harder next season.
It would make more men conme out
anld learn tihe game, and, incidentally,
derive benefit from the exercide.
Diversity in athletics is benecficial to
any college. Tile same sport does not
appeal to all the members of the stu
dent body. When there are. many
sports to choose from, everybody can
find,.one to their liking.. Basketball is
one of the best forms of physical exer
cise, and when correctly playe<d, almost
as strenuous na football, the king of
inter-collegiate sports. The awarding
of the "C, B.14 to the r4embers. of this
year' fiv would Ot least do no harm
and miglit do mq eh to give basketball
tho place in athletjcs at Carolina that
it rightly deserves.
MUSIC IN CiAPE1,
Some time ago, Dr. Mitchell, the
newly elected President of the Uni
ersity, spent several days on the cam
pus. His visit was of a two-fold na
ture: first, to acquaiint himself with
the conditions here; and, scond, to
meet some of the men with whom his
lot will soon be cast.
He suggested many things to us in
the way of improvements, but one in
particular claims our attention just
now, which might well be considered
and adopted. And this is the matter
of having singing in connection with
the morning chapel service. The time
is limited, of course, but a couple of
stanzas from some famous old hymn
sung every morning by that august as
semblage of professors and students,
would send a thrill through every man
present, which would last through the
long trying hours of the day.
"The man," says Shakespeare, "that
hath no music in himself, nor is not
moved with concord of sweet sounds
is fit for treasons, stratagems and
spoils. * * * Let no such man be
trusted." Music is a mighty force,
which, to some extent, pleases and
stimulates every normal human being.
It has the power of reducing the rude
impulses of the mind to a smooth
plane of action. The'n, again, it arouses
the sleeping and weary pulses to ac
tion, as we see demonstrated when the
memorable battle song, "Dixie," is
If this delightful exercise should be
added to the chapel services-and
why should it not be ?-the little brown
envelopes now delivered at the post
office every Monday morning, would
be almost a thing of the past, for the
boys would then attend chapel more
There is an abundance of musical
talent among the students which is al
lowed to be crushed out in the lecture
rooms by sterner facts and problems,
or to be misdirected in the midnight
"hulla-bal-loos" which are so annoy
ing to the peaceful slumbers of the
members of the faculty, and the ma
jority of less favored students. So let
us think about this matter and take
steps to bring it to pass. 'B.
The Gamecock Prize.
The Gamecock staff offers a prize of
five dollars in gold for the best sketch
pertaining to college life.
First.-Eaph competitor may sub
mit any number of sketches.
Second.--The Gamecockc reserves
the right to publish any of the sketches
submitted either before or after tihe
contest is over.
Third.-No member of the present
Gamecock staff .will be allowed to
Fourth.--This contest closes on
, 'Remember thp basketball game next
Thursday, 4:3 P. M..