THE QUESTION: Chancellor Lawrence A. Kimpton predicts the return of intercollegiate football to Chicago. Do you favor it? (Asked of Chicago students) - Sports Illustrated Vault |
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THE QUESTION: Chancellor Lawrence A. Kimpton predicts the return of intercollegiate football to Chicago. Do you favor it? (Asked of Chicago students)

Third-year student
That would be great. What this school needs is some large interest that binds the undergraduates. There are many small activities available to every student, but no big, unifying activity, unless it's drinking. There's nothing here to get you so excited that you want to stand up and cheer.

Chicago Maroon
Middle Village, N.Y.
Yes. Antifootball students have the misconception that the sport will mean lowering of academic standards. Why? What happens on Stagg Field has nothing to do with the classroom. Football can and should exist toward the same end as any other sport: the spirit of amateur athletic participation.

Chapter president
Phi Gamma Delta
Kansas City, Mo.
Yes, and it is inevitable. Currently, a new enthusiastic student meets a dead lull when he comes to our campus. Football will make new students feel they are a part of this university immediately, and it will give to the campus an aliveness and sparkle it has not had for 20 years.

First-year student
St. Albans, W. Va.
Yes. In my first year at this university the thing I really miss is an atmosphere of excitement and keen interest, which is best aroused through the support of an amateur football team. Football is the rallying sport at every college. Students don't cheer and sing songs for the debating team.

Associate editor, Chicago Maroon
I am for good Ivy League type football as played at Harvard, Columbia, etc., but not the Big Ten rah-rah variety. This would be an excellent unifying force on the campus and I am convinced that Chicago can play this type of football and maintain its superior academic standing.

Third-year student
Tulsa, Okla.
Yes, definitely. Students need a rallying point. The antifootball sentiment stems from the feeling that it will damage our academic status. Pardon the expression, but that's baloney. At many universities the average of the football squad is higher than that of the entire undergraduate body.

Third-year student
Opelousas, La.
Yes, but the revival should be on an Ivy League level, and Chicago should schedule teams like Vanderbilt, Lehigh, Yale, etc. The Rockefellers endowed Chicago. John D. Jr. was the manager of the football team at Brown University. I wonder how he feels about Chicago not having football.

First-year student
Rochester, N.Y.
No. We don't need it. The primary function of athletics is enjoyment. We have plenty of facilities. Those who like football can see a better brand by patronizing the pros. I'm certain football would reverse the trend of the intellectual atmosphere, which is so plentiful at Chicago.

Cap and Gown
Honolulu, Hawaii
No. I object to the too-common situation where it's not the sport that's important but winning the game and being part of the social setup that goes with it. The money and effort involved in building a big, winning team has nothing to do with the real aims of an educational institution.

student government
St. Louis
No, although I like football. However, some colleges get their reputations from the caliber of their football teams, and this influences many boys to choose these colleges. I object to that for Chicago. The function of the university is to develop intellect, not Rose Bowl contenders.