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Vol. III. No. 14.
UNIVERSITY OF NE1MAKKA, LINCOLN, FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 1805.
Piuok Five Cents.
TO MAKE ATHLETES
Tho "Pentathlon" Described by
A MEDAL FOR SO MANY POINTS
Contestants Must Bo Ail-Around
Mon-Tho Highest Average
Wins An Ideal Motlud.
Tho editor of The Neuhasican
has asked ino to desoribo the method
of conducting and scoring athletic
ovonts which is now quite universal
among Young Men's Christian
Associations. 1 gladly do this, not
however with tho hope or even tho
desire that this scheme bo adopted
here this year, but in order that an
idea may bo given of a different
method of work from that prevail
ing in tho ordinary liehl day.
A number of years ago tho need
of soiuodill'ercnt method of scoring
for athletic events led to tho evolu
tion of what is now well known as
the pentathlon or live event contest.
It has proved very successful and
tho statements hero made are main
ly the ideas of the developer of the
scheme, Dr. Luther Gulich, of the
International Y. M. C. A. Training
school, lie had noted the unsatis
factory method of scoring by firsts
and seconds in college contests.
Tlio nntn who wins in any event
gets live points whether his record
is good or poor. Suppose the third
man is far nolow the tirst. then the
second man gets his three points
regardless ot whather ho is almost
as good as tho first or only a little
bettor than the third, ami a man's
total score tolls nothing at all as to
the record ho has made. By this me
thod tin rpotoh of twruiion afford 110
basis for comparing tho men them
selves. In tlio pentathlon method
of scoring, each event is so guard
ed that lor a good performance
a man may get 1UU points, and for
a poor performance nothing, while
he wouid get from 1 to 100 points
according to his actual record.
Thus 51 or 03 points correspond to
a definite number of feet, inches or
seconds. For instance, if a man
pole vaults ten feet, which is not
extremely hiijh. ho gets 100 points,
if he vaults five feet 10 inches high
one point, and tho intervening
points are divided up evenly be
tween those two limits. 100 yards
in 10 2-5 seconds scores 100 points,
with 10 points less for every fifth
second slower than that, while if he
runs in 10 1-5 he gets, in the same
ratio 110 points.
Now as its name signifies, the
"pontathlon"is a five event contest.
J lonco every contestant works for
as nearly 500 points as possible.
So far 1 know the largest official
score which hug been mude is 4-H
points of which mention will be
The five events of this contest
were selected in view of several
1st They must be such that the
man will have a thoroughly all
round test; arms, trunk, legs, lungs
und heart. His endurance, agility,
strength, speed, courage must all
2nd. Tho events must be stand
13rd. They should involve a
minimum of aparatus and expense
so that no association could object
to them on that score.
Itli. The contest, both as u
whole und in its parts, should boas
short as a thorough test can be.
In tho light of these conditions
the events chosen were:
Tho 100-yurd dash,
Throwing 12-lb. hammer,
Running high jump,
Polo vault, and
A brief consideration will show
that these events require little ap
paratus and that they thoroughly
test a man along every lino mon
.tioned ubovo. Ono or unothor
went might lmvo been substituted
for some of these, but on tho whole
those seemed to bo tho host and ex
perience has shown no reason why
thoy should be changed.
Tho scoring limits for those
events are as follows:
100-yurd dash, from 12 2-5 to
10 2-5, 10 points for every fourth
of u second.
Throwing 12-lb. hummer, from
50 ft. to 100 ft., t point for every
Running high jump, from 0 ft. 0
in., to 5 ft. 7 in., 1 point for every
Polo vault, from 5 ft. 10 in., to
10 ft., I point for every half inch.
Mile run, from 0 nun. und -10
sec, to 5 min., 1 point for every
During tho contest tho scores uro
kept on blackboards so that contest
ants and spectators can follow and
see who is ahead. This adds much
to tho interest.
This 5-cvont contest is recog
nized by the international com
mittee or tho Young Men's Christ
ian Associations, and when an
ollicial liold day is hold tho scores
uro kept by the intornutionul com
mittee. Rule IX of the 1801: official rules
suys: "Every conlestunt scoring u
total of 200 points or over shall be
entitled to bronze or third grade,
with medal having bronze bar and
silver pendant. Three hundred
points constitute the lower limit
of the silver or second grade with
medal having silve.v bar and pen
dant, and also ollicial certificate.
Four hundred points entitle con
testant to gold or first- grade, with
medal having gold bar and silver
pendant, and also ollicial certifi
cate. ' '
The "official certificate" referred
to is in itself well worth obtaining
us u record of work'doilo.
Two remarkable scores wore made
at an official field day in Juno '1)4,
by students of the Springfield
Training school. The first was us
follows, the figures in parenthesis
being the number of points corres
ponding to the score: 100 yards,
10 2-5 seconds (100) ; 12 lb. hammer,
Sift., (OS); running high jump, I
ft., 10 in. (01); pole vault 10 feet
(100); mile run I min. 471-5 sec,
(1.12) making a total of 441 points.
The score of the second man was,
100 yards 10 2-5 sec (100); ham
mer 02 feet 5 in. (85); high jump 0
feet 7 in. (JO,'); polo vault 9 feet
3 in. (S2); mile rum 5 min. i',i 1-5
sec. (57) u totul of 427 points. This
sume fellow in October '92 scored
only 2S4 points und in much poorer
form; thus he mudo a remarkable
gain in twenty months.
At this field day referred to
above, 10 out of 25 contestants,
scored over .J00 points, S obtaining
silverineUuls, und two gold meduls.
Certainly these were all-around
men, neither all legs nor all arms.
A prime difference between the
pentathlon of the associations and
the systems of colleges and athletic
unions, is that the former develop
men instead of records of individu
al events, while the latter aim only
at the development of records re
gardless of tlio men. Another dif
ference in the systems is that the
college system encourages profes
sionalism while the pentathlon sys
tem offers no inducement to spec
ialists and professionals. Tho ten
men just referred to were as mag
nificently developed specimens of
young manhood as one over sees,
not to bo compared in the sumo
breath with one who is simply a
juniper or a sprinter, and nothing
else. There is as much glory in
association circles in winning a gold
medal from tho international com
mittee as in breaking a college re
cord in any one event and tho re
sults to tho individuals aro fur hot
ter. Scoro curds und an international
committee certificate may be seen
on tho bulletin board by tho physi
cal director's office in tho gymna
sium and questions will bo gladly
answored. It. A. Clahk.
JONES IS RESIDENT
Reaps tho Honors at the Ora-
FRATERNITY TICKET ELECTED
Between tho On-
Oul In Full Foroo.
Like many others, tno "scrap''
of last Friday noon will go down
in tho history of tlio Univorsity as
oio of tho toughest that over took
place. It was well known that tho
opposing tactions were working
energetically forllioir men, but tho
multitude which turned out to vote
was a surprise to man'. It was
not thought necessary to huvo tho
gallery to tho chapel open, but the
immense throng which surged into
the place of meeting made this im
perative. There wore enough, too,
to till it comfortably.
Previous to the meeting neat
cards, bearing tho names of the
candidates had been generously dis
tributed, and there were but' very
few who did not have their minds
made up as to which way thoy
sholud vote, when they entered tho
chapel. The barb' ticket bore the
headline, ""Students' Representa
tive Ticket." Then followed tho
candidates: For President. 11. E.
.Nowbranoh; Vice-President, S. J.
Corey; Secretary, V. T. Elmore;
Delegates, C. R. Welden, Katha
rine Melick, W. J. Forsyth and C.
M. iSkilcs. The frat ticket was
less imposing. Thoro was no head
line and only the names of tho can
didates were printed upon it. It
rtmd: '.'Proaklonfrft .Cliaft Jirae y
Vice-President, Win. Menzer: Sec-
ictary, L. R. Packard; Delegates,
Kimball, llaughlon, Weaver, Mc
By the time tho voting started
Secretary Pulis had before him a
heap of money amounting to &iis
and representing 172 votes
The usual preliminary scrapping
took place. There was a divided
opinion as to how the vote should
be taken. When it was proposed
by tho barbs that it should be done
"vivo voce" some opposition was
offered. One, representing the
other ticket, moved as an amend
ment, that tho ballots should bo de
posited as in the Australian system,
but this method was howled down
und the old wuy decided upon. This
looked fuvorulile for tho barbs.
Tho two tickets were then writ
ten upon the board and the contest
commenced. Jt started briskly in
favor of the i'rats, and this ticket
kept tho lead until about the hund
reth vote had been cast. Then tho
barbs were allowed to lead a little,
but in no time were they more than
ten ahead. Near the close however,
"No. 2" was called oil so frequent
ly, that the barbs lost courage.
They did not recover, und their en
tire ticket was lost.
This is tho way tho official vote
Jones 25IJ, Menzer 240, Packard
23S, Weaver 25J1, Houghton 250,
McLucas 250, Kimball 254, New
branch 215, Corey 222, Elmore
230, Forsyth 213, Melick 211,
Sidles 207, Welden 238.
One of tho most surnrisinr things
about tho contest was the force in
which the co-eds turned out, both
barb and frat. It Was about tho
first timo that thoyj ever showed
unv disposition to take nart in col
lege ullairs, und it jjnuy bo judged
wnat interest must Jlivo been arous
ed to call them out
'98 Elects fflcers.
Tho meeting ofloS Friday af
ternoon was dolayel somewhat by
the lenirfh of tho
looting of tho
n. llio class
was finally assemble
in ltoom 15,
.Nebraska Ha 1. M
Ai over ono
Flushed with their victory at
tho meeting of tho oratorical asso
ciation, tho "frats" camo to tho
class mooting in a body, and for a
timo it looked as though thoro
would bo a light on tho "Frat"
ami Barb" lines. Boing lato in
tho day, all business excopt tho
election of officers was postponed,
ami tho following wero elected ir
respective of party affiliations:
President, Hubert Evans; vico
presidont, Floronco Payne, secre
tary, Mr. Congdon, treasurer, Miss
Committee Appointed to Make
Changes in Constitution.
Tho athletic association mot in
tho chapel Tuesday noon for tho
purpose of making arrangements
to revise the constitution. On mo
tion a coniinitteo of five was ap
pointed to prepare a report for the
next meeting. The chair appointed
A. J. Weaver, 13. E. Forbes, C. E.
Tefl't, J. P. Cameron and Otis
Whipple as members of this coni
initteo. The next matter brought up was
that of holding tho field day exor
cises. J. P. Cameron, who so ably
conducted the exercises last year,
was re-appointed director of tho
Held day sports. Cameron, Pace
and Hay ward wero appointed a
coniinitteo to "run tho thing," and
Weaver and Charley Jones wore
appointed a "hustling" committee,
to obtain suitable prizes. Ono
prize has already been secured. It
is a 25 gold medal, donated by
Tout and Cameron, and will bo tho
lirst award for tho athlete making
the best average record in four con
tests. The medal is now on exhi
bition at 1 lcminer's iowolrv store.
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upon, but it will probably bo A
Fred Barnes, ex-nresidont of fhn
inter-state league, was called upon
for a ropirt of expenses, etc., but
10 aid not, nave ono prepared. A
)ill was then introduced by Secre
tary .Johnson. It was a bilt for the
painting of "snakes" on tho back
of tho foot-ball suits, amounting to
& i . 1 0. it was roierred to the k 'nu
ance committee." After a motion
was passed instructing the secretary
to correspond witn tlio secretaries
of the other "three" stuto univer
sities, looking towrrd the establish
ment or an m tor-state hcld-day, tlio
Y. M. C. A. NOTES.
Prof. Fossler lectured before tho
Christian Associations of the Uni
vorsity Sunday afternoon on "A
Study of the Book of Job." A fW
an introduction on the "Old Tes
tament" in general and how it
should be studied, the professor
took up the Book of Job. He
gave a very scholarly analysis of
the book and showed its meaning.
There will bo no lecture next
Sunday afternoon, owing to the
injury of Prof. Brace. The next
lecture will bo a week from Sun
day. Tho subject will be an
There will bo a joint missionary
meeting of the two associations
Sunday afternoon at 4- n. m. Tho
subject to be introduced will bo
ThoY. M. imdY. W. a A.'snm
planning to hold the second semes-
a 1 . m,
loi-s reception on the evening pro
ceding Charter Lay.
The Pal Indians gave a very en
joyable reception last Saturday
evening at the homo of Miss Grace
Cook on Thirth-third and S streets.
About sixty members and friends
wore present und spent the ovening
with gumes und music. At u lato
hour a luncheon was served that
had a dainty menu. The reception
whs given by the out-going officers
to tho incoming officers and re
flected great credit on those hav
ing it jn charge.
PI BETA'S COME OUT
Another Girls' Fraternity Is
HAS NINE CHARTER MEMBERS
Makes tho Seoond Ono This Year
Initiation Hold at Miss
Fratornity peoplo have been de
lighted bv tho addition of imof lnr
girls' fratornity, tho Pi Beta Phi,
io mo ranits or tno ijrooics.
Last week when it beeamo known
that tho fraternity was a certainty
preparations wero made for wel
coming tho girls. On Saturday
ovening an informal reception was
held at tho rosidenco of Mrs. W. S.
Summers to enable tho prospective
Pi Beta Phi's to become acquainted
with Airs. Helen Sutliii', the grand
chapter president, who had conio
from Lawrence, Kan., to establish
a chapter in thisunivcrsity. After
having a pleasant social time, and
gotting pointers on tho goat, tho
dining room was thrown open ami
the girls partook of a chai'ining
lunch. Thoy showed that their ap
petites had in no way been impaired
by the stories thoy hid heard.
On Monday evening the initia
tion took place at tho home of Airs.
Summers, who is an alumni mem
ber of the fraternity. Six now
girls fook the oath, and three for
mer members in other colleges, all
forming charter members. About
11 o'clock the war-cry of Delta
Tau Delta was heard and answered
by the newly -learned Pi Beta Phi
veil. Initiatory services wore sus-
r,Tn,pY' r" yY" VftftWyttw
cnniiriiLU Jim mo now twits1
Tho house was prettily decorated
with roses, and the colors, palo
blue and wine, of the Beta Phi.
After light refreshments tho party
broke up, the girls well pleased
with their first taste of fraternity
life. The initiates wore Alisses
Bessie Turner, Kate Walker, Edna
Carscadden, Lulu Wirt, Gertrude
Wright, Jennie Barber, Ada
Quaintance, Belle Koynolds, and
On Tuesday morning a lot of
beautiful carnations mysteriously
appeared, minus tho name of the
sender or senders, but the llowors
were nevertheless appreciated.
Will go to Ashland.
The Dramatic club will make its
debut this evening at Ashland. The
entertainment will bo given under
the auspices of the literary society
of the high school. A reception
and dinner is to bo given tho club
by tho Tri-Deltas at the home of
Dr. Von Manslielde. Saturday oven
ing February 2, tho club will ap
pear in Lincoln at tho Funics. Al
ready the various student organiza
tions aro falling all over each other
to securo,tho boxes and best scats.
To Airs. Manning, our instructor
in elocution, and director of the
club is due, in a large degree, tlio
success of the undertaking. Sho
has labored long and patiently and
has succeeded in bringing'liarmony
out of confusion.
Thoro will bo no drill next week,
on account of exams in tho armory.
Tho now artillery books aro just
what woro needed.
The officers' club mot Wednes
night. Major Fechct will give a
talk to tho club at tho next meet
ing. Tho artillerymen threaten to
strike if thoy have to drill out
doors in tho cold, any more.
Tho commandant is going to have
a recitation in cadet regulations
soon, under tho company officers.
Miss Hyatt is ongaged in making
pictures for tho noxt Flora.
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