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UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN, SATURDAY MARCH 19, 1904.
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PERTAINING TO ATHLETICS
A Discvssion o! Some o! the Alleged Reasons lor the Deficit
for the Foot Ball Season.
VARSITY WINS OUT
in the Tournament.
With the cheerful prospect of the
next two months of athletics being
rounded out with a handsome deficit
of $500, members of the Athletic Board
have begun to look back upon the
showing for the football season and to
Inquire into the causes of the financial
loss that is shown. As a result some
ivery substantial causes for inquiry
have been uncovered. A glance at
some of tho items is sufficient to cause
surprise to those who are informed on
tho football situation. In some in
stances it is evident that someone has
been unduly recompensed for duties i
performed and supplies furnished
while in others it is plain that great
extravagance has been practiced.
The training table expenses for the
season amounted to $1,210. Tho sum
paid by the players for board at the
training table amounted to $171.25.
Wherefore this great discrepancy? Al
lowing as a liberal limit a maigin of
$200 or $300 above the amount paid in
it is evident that a greater amount of
money was drawn out of the treasury
ostentatiously for this purpose than
waB ever paid out in meeting expenses
actully occurring. Tho board for each
player was $3.00 per week. Theie is
generally a maximum of sixteen men
who eat at tho training table. The
table seldom runs longer than eight
weeks. Then allowing all of these
maximum ratings the cost of running
tho season should not be over $381, if
ordinary thrift be employed. Of course
It is granted that the players need
certain kinds of food prepared in espe
cial ways, but this as a rule ontallb
distinctiveness of taste, and not any
groatly increased expense. The amount
paid In by tho players amounted to
$171.25. A balance of $212.75 of ex
penses to tho board is loft. $1,210 1b
given as tho expense of running the
training table. Deducting- the $171.21
paid by the players there Is left a
balance of $1,038.75 for expense. Why
then should $1,038.75 be paid out or
the treasury for a purpose for which
$212.75 should have snfficed?
This Is allowing the most liberal
estimates. In fact these are liberal
to an unnecessary degree. It must be
remembered that the training table
was not full during the entire season,
as men were only sent there after
proving their ability to play on the
team, and for some of those tho op
portunity did not como until well along
in the season. Eight weeks iaa very
hueral allowance for time also. The
actual expense is entirely dispropor
tionate to the amount qlaimed. Who,
then, got the difference? I
Suppose we put it in a mlldr form
and for convenience grant that' it did
actually cost $1,210 to run tho train
ing table. Why then was this awful
extravagance permitted, when leEl
tian $500 would have been sufficient?
Another point is tho unnecessary
outlay for material and equipment. As
an example, sixty-five footballs were
purchased for the present season, and
it was expected that a largo number of
these would bo loft over for next sea
son. But it transpires that none of
these are available, and tho question
ariseB, "What has become of them?
This point is explained by tho race
Chat the players secretly appropriate
these whenever tho opportunity Is pro
sented, aa they like to have thorn for
Souvenirs. This would not bo so ob
jectionable If tho condition pf the treas
ury could afford It, but It is evident
that money Is lost right hero in tho
property carried off, which it would
take at least a hundred and fifty dol
lars to replace.
Again demands are made for sweat
ers and tho like, that aro altogether out
of place. A good sweater can not be
procured for nothing, and when sev
eral extra oneB are handed out in tho
course of tho season, the total amounts
to considerable. Other extravagances
creep In, small in themselves, but
helping to swell the total of expense
A prominent member of tho faculty,
who is well posted on the situation,
said to a Nebraskan reporter yester
"I can not account for the soniing
graft and extravagance that have crept
In, in connection with football. The
cost of running the training table must
certainly have been less than stated.
Three dollars a week for each man
ought to meet all expenses, and I can
not account for the awful margin re
maining. "Then, too. there are so many other
expenses unnecessary to my mind
that creep in through lack of proper
precaution. Some of the players are
exacting, and when one of them makes
a demand lie always expects it to ue
granted. If a player asks for a sweat
er the manager finds it best to grant it
that man will no longer be his
friend, and it is necessary that har
mony exist between the manager ana
the members of tho team. The expenat
tures for equipment aro enormous, ami
ought to bo curtailed.
"The board must economize in its
expenditures or it will get beyond 1U!
depth. Already a deficit of $500 ex
ists, although there was over $800 left
over from last year. Athletics here
have been subsisting off the $4f200
brought back from Minnesota last year.
It will cost an additional $500 to run
through spring athletics, and when the
next football season begins there will
be a $1,000 deficit to carry. There was
$500 lost on the Kansas trip, which
helped to put things to the bad.
"There is another point that deserves
emphasis I incoln will not support
tho kind of a team that we have got
unless we get down to the level and
curtail our expenses, which I believe
can be done. Nebraska's expenses this
year have mounted up altogether too
high, which can only be accounted fur
by a combination of graft and extrava
gance. The outlay for equipment com
pares well with that made for the big
conference teams whose incomes aro
vastly greater than Nebraska's. Such
an outlay as haB been made here Is onjy
justifiable in cities like Minneapolis or
Chicago, where there are large masses
of population, from which to draw the
"Nebraska can not afford to continue
tnerp&ce that Bho has been travelling.
A watch dog will have to 'be set over
tho treasury, in order tbat the money
may bo rightly and judiciously expend
ed. The present deficit 1b bad enough,
and a system that would tend to in
crease It can not be allowed to con
tinue in operation. Tho bills will have
to be left unpaid for tho present and
a stand-off secured from the merchants,
or else tho faculty members of tho University Girls Easily Win Out
athletic board will have to give their
notes for the amounts outstanding.
Neither course is very desirable, but
one or the other is necessary. We
must be more careful. If we are, I do
not believe that such big deficitB will
occur as the one that occurred for the
last football season. All graft and ex
travagance must be weeded out. Both
are practiced, and athletics can not
prosper until we get down to business
and do things right."
This in quite a detailed and thorough
depicting of matters as they actually
are. AH extravagances, and most of ali,
graft, must be cut out. Unnecessary
i expense will kill any business, and It
will provo disastrous to athletics hero,
unless curtailed. Every sonslblo op
portunity to save should be taken ad
vantage of. Nebraska is willing to
3iipply tho actual needs of the players
and, equip them comfortably, but Bho
can not well do more. She would IIko
to though, as she always has been as
liberal as her "means would allow, and
even beyond this.
Our students aro willing to support
athletics for the sake of doing the cause
good. But they can not bear to see
lheir loyal and liberal-minded efforts
put forth for the fostering of extrava
gance that can not bo afforded and for
the benefit of Individuals who are ap
parently unscrupulous enough to run
their graft whenever possible. It is all
right to have mass meetings and ap
peal to the students for help, but at
the same time It would be Just as well
to be inoro careful with the finances.
Tho Nebraskan has always support
ed athletics as a principle and always
expects to, but we belloye that any
unsavory conduct In connection with
this important branch Bhould be dilat
ed upon. All graft must be weeded out
as well as extravagances, or wo will
find ourselves facing a situation that
will not bo fair to our eyes. We have
not said all that can be sal II, and we
may find it convenient to add another
cuapter or two in support of our stand
that stops toward a reform in athletic
matters must be taken.
Tho first game was called at 8:20.
The first match was between tho city
Y. W. C. A. and the Wesleyan Oirls.
In this half tho Y. W. C. A. girls had
an easy time, allowing their oppo
nents to score but one goal. Tho half
ended 8 to 2. In the second half the
Wesloyan team did not scoro at all,
whUo tho Y. W. C. A. piled up 20
points, making a total of 28 to 2.
The first half between tho first and
second University teams ended 27 to
0 for the first team. This scoring was
duo largoly to tho difference in bIzs,
the first team girls being with one ex
ception larger than their opponents.
In the second half the first team made
10 points to 4 by tho second. In thlb
half Miss Everett played guard, while
Miss Huso took her place at forward. It
was due to her good work at guard
that the 'Varsity did not Bcoro moro In
this half. For tho 'Varsity Miss Jansa
threw eight goals, Miss Shlnbur four,
and Miss Scott 0, with one free goal.
For tho second team Miss Everett and
Miss Plllsbury were easily the stars.
After these two games the losers
played a consolation game of one half,
which ended in a scoro of 12 to 0 In
favor of the Second University team.
The 'Varsity and Y. W. C. A. played
a half after this to decide the cham
pionship. The 'Varsity easily won, by
a score of 1G to 0.
This score does not show the rela
tive merits of tho two teams, however,
nut the victory for tho 'Varsity was
certainly a Bplendld one. They will
now dovote themselves to getting ready
for Minnesota, and certainly have a tlno
record to sustain against the time that
they moot the Northerners.
Delta Tau Delta gave a very enjoya
ble Informal dancing party last night
at Walsh hall. University colors, palms
and Delt colors were used in decora
tion. Walt's orchestra furnished the
music and light refreshments were
served between times. Some forty cou
ples, including representatives of oth
er fraternities attendd. Colonel and
Mrs. Bills chaperoned the party.
State Farm Notes.
Director E. A. Burnett returned Fri
day morning from a business trip to
the Biib-station at North Platte, Neb.
Chapln Bros.. Florists, 127 So. 13th.
The big spring opening of millinery
Is now In progress at the Famous. How
about that Easter hat?
Special rate to student nt Hendry's.
Big Reduction. Sanderson's Sale.
The department of chemistry has re
cently put in a now nitrogen extractor.
This will greatly facilitate the work
of testing tho various grains for nitro
The second floor of tho new shops
building has been fitted up as a bas
ket ball field for practice work. No
match games as yet havo been played.
Mr. A. J. Reedy, formerly a student
here, recently furnished a post-graduate
course at tho dairy school, Univer
sity of WlBconBln. He now has charge
of the new dairy barn.
Co., 117 No. 11th,
Box of cigars given away every day
at Powell's Oliver theatre building.
Tho Whltebreast Co., at 1106 O St..
is the place to buy coal.
Tho botany department will havo
the uso of tho old greenhouse south
of tho experiment station building as
soon as tho horticultural people move
into their new building. The work in
plant physiology will hereafter be done ,
in the greenhouse.
APRIL 8. LINCOLN HOTEL
The doVartment of chemistry has
conducted an experiment with sulphur
dips. This was dono to determine tho
amount of sulphur tbat can be held in
solution; also to ascertain tho extent
to which animal dips can be diluted
and still cbntain tho Bulphur required
by the government formula.
Walt's full Orchestra
A bulletin on postures, meadows and
, animal forage crops has been com
pleted and will soon be issued by tho
experiment station. As this bulletin
is of unusual interest it will also be
printed by the U. S. department of
Roy Dumont la spending a few days
at his home In Omaha.
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