University of Massachusetts Amherst - Index Yearbook (Amherst, MA)

 - Class of 1882

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bi viat. HE first volume of the Index was published in 1869. It was simply a thin pamphlet of twenty-eight pages, containing in a very compact form some of the more important facts of the college. Since that time its publication has become a marked feature of the Junior year. From the efforts of different classes to surpass their pre- decessors, the Index, indeed, has become an index of valua- ble information. Former editors have seemingly followed one beaten track ; and while we may adopt the general plan of all college productions of this kind, we shall, however, depart as far as possible from the idea of a borrowed model, and yet make the Index what a college publication should be. Heretofore the cuts have been= of wood and poorly desigrvid, but you will notice a costly artotype of the presi- dents of the college; also, one of ' 82 class fountain — the description of which is minutely given on another page — and many other cuts of equal importance, and carefully prepared. The past year has gone by very quietly. Under the lead- ership of Fres. Stockbridge things have progressed with anything but too much life. Some improvements have been made. — The buildings received a coat of paint during summer vacation, and tar walks were laid about the grounds ; but the college in general has not been kept up to that standard which should dignify a State institution. While we look at the way in which some things are managed, we do not wholly I



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- blame our President. He is under the watchful eye of a i board of trustees who work ignorantly against the college ; £ but we do think, that, with a little extra effort, his influence I might be felt more keenly. At the opening of the present college year we expected a I large Freshman class ; but our expectations were far from i; being realized when less than a score of freshmen unfurled i the banner of ' 84. Why the applications for admission were i ? so few we cannot say positively, but probably it was largely I due to a lack of advertising. There are free scholarships, f and no state college can boast of a more practical and scien- i, tific course than is laid down in the catalogue of our Insti- tution ; but the community at large are unacquainted with the ; fact. If a little more money was expended in this direction, I we think the college would be in a better condition. f The standard, too, has always been too low. Candidates !• for admission should, at least, be obliged to pass an examina- [ tion in all those studies which compose the curriculum of the t freshman year. The general discipline, also, has been sadly I neglected. Hazing has become a nuisance, and church going I is confined to a few. Again, that respect which is due to I chapel exercises should be observed more strictly by the I students, and enforced by the Faculty. The applause and . wild demonstrations during oratorical exercises are uncalled for and have become — more than out of place. ♦ The farm is under fair management, but greater returns might be realized, and greater improvement made. The ? horticultural department, under the supervision of Prof. I Maynard, is constantly improving. The Professor has an I eye for natural as well as artistic beauty, and the plant house I and adjoining grounds have become a place of pleasure and I interest I0 all, as well as a source of profit. I What the college needs most is an experimental station. i I It is well known that no person is more capable of directing ' such a work than Prof. Goessmann. His extensive knowledge I 10

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