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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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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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I of chemistry, wide experience, and implicit confidence which scientific men place in his decisions, amply fit him for such a position. The common people need to become better acquainted with natural laws, and the State should appropri- ate a sum sufficient to defray the expenses of such a depart- ment, in order that the community at large may have the benefit of experimental knowledge. We hope the day is not far distant when the name Agricultural College will be asso- [ ' ciated with that of an experimental station. | The military ' department, under the command of Lt. Morris, is a success. While some few have manifested signs ol dis- satisfaction from the first, the majority of cadets deem him a competent instructor, and have ever found him friendly and obliging. It is expected that the close of the present year will terminate his stay at M. A. C. We can only wish him success, and hope that in the future his efforts may be appre- a ciated by others as they have certainly be„en by the corps of cadets. We are glad to see Prof. Goodell in his accustomed place. At one time it was thought that his health would not per- mit him to attend to his duties. His many friends at Amherst very much desired that he should leave New England and spend a year in the West ; so much so did they deem it nec- cessary, that several professors at Amherst College volunta- rily offered to do his work and allow Prof. Goodell his whole salary during his absence. During the summer the Profes- sor made his home in the Adirondacks, returning with a sun- burned face and an apparent healthy look, but far from being restored to perfect health. While we dislike very much to lose for a season the instruction of so valuable a teachei " , we would not be so entirely given to selfishness as to induce him to stay a moment at M. A. C. if there is the least danger of greater impairment of his health, but most willingly would bid him go. Owing to the pressure of work, the interest formerly taken 11
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