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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

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MINUTES OF THE BOARD 07 TRUSTEES, Jun--, 1906 Page 76(conttd) Men are realizing that keen intelligence, trained obser- vation, careful exoeriment based upon the principles of science related to Agriculture, Chemistry, Solid Physics, and laws of plant life and the laws of animal life are imperatively needed in order to keen production up to the economic level which will enable it to comnete with other industries. The relation of Athletics to College life and work has been a matter of profound concern to the Faculty during the last year. Immediately after7.the beginning of the September term the atten- tion of the students is largely occupied by the organization and work of the foot-ball teams. It is found to be exceedingly difficult to prevent undue attention and. time being given to these sports, legitimate and wholesome though they be, when kept within proper bounds,. but destructive of habits of study when indulged in to excess. Practice for match games, makes a heavy draft upon the time of the students and the match games, when played at a distance and in rapid succession by itinerant teams make deep inroads upon class room work and proficiency. I think that it is not to much to say that foot-ball consumes half the time of the players between September 1st and December 1st, or nearly one third of the year, a-n;; that in the spring baseball makes equally heavy inroads upon time which should be given to study. Satisfactory college work is utterly impossible under these P.77 conditions. Whether the parents and guardians consent or not, it becomes a serious question, whether the governing Board, and the Faculty have a right to allow such a dissipation of energy. There are some compensations, it is true. Physical training develops many physical excellencies, and a. sound mind in a sound body is a good maxim. But it is the end of physical culture best attained by violent spasmodic and abnormal exertions? And should it be attained at the sacrifice of the declared purpose for which parents and guardians send their sons to college? Do the achievements of the physical athlete, which in nine cases out of ten are but of transitory value, conmensate for the lost oppor- tunities of scholarship anCd mental and moral and physical train- ing for the professors, for industrial leadership, for states- manship, and for all the higher and nobler ends of human exis- tence? These questions are causing thoughtful men engaged in education and invested with responsibility of education much concern. The difficulty is how to retain and subordinate what is confessedly good in physical culture and how to coordinate it with the College and university training which forms the warp and the woof of a liberal and Dractical education.