Excerpt from The Yale Literary Magazine, Vol. 61: November, 1895
With the rise of athletics in the college man's estima tion also came the importance of the college world to the newspaper public. Where formerly appeared a stray Commencement or Junior Exhibition program and oc... ca sioual squibs on the town and gown riots, now has expanded into long-winded accounts on the most trivial college matters, and ridiculously minute descriptions of the crew and eleven.
With pardonable self-assertion we may say that Yale has always occupied a prominent place in college athletics, and consequently has both basked in public favor and been satirized through the treacherous duplicity of news paper correspondents. Happily for us, however, the true romance of our college life, ever changing, ever new, lies beyond the omnivorous grasp of the modern press. No matter how numerous and varied may be the details, or how studied and felicitous the modes of expression, the true picturesqueness and real delight which graduates and undergraduates love to picture in their fireside dreams of when I was in college, are forever closed to the newspaper. Not for a moment does the collegian of to-day ignore the importance of the newspaper in the college world. While we recognize its great and wide spread in¿uence in molding college opinion, we are far too subservient to the editorial dogmas of the great dailies. The part played by the newspapers in the recent yale-harvard controversy has been unparalleled, and it is our well-grounded belief that the present estrangement has been caused and aggravated more by the ubiquitous reporters than by the ill-timed remarks of coaches and players.
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