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EDITORIAL MNOTHEK year has rolled away. The class of ' 83 is called upon for the thirteenth volume of the Index. At fii-st the class seemed to feel, owing to the many disconrage- nients they met with, and the comparatively small num- ber in the claPs, as if they had better not assume the responsibility. Energy and perseverance however at last triumphed, and the result of this is now presented. This book founded for the purpose of keeping a record of the many organizations of the college, and also recording the inci- dents and events of the year, so interesting, especially to the student, and Avhich may be kept to be looked upon in after years as a remindci ' of the many pleasures and associations formed at M. A. C, should be made as interesting as possible, and fi ' ce from anything that would in any way injure the character of the students or college. If this contribution is found to be in any way dry, or lacking in many of those essential qualities which are needed in a work of this kind, we trust the critic will be lenient, and remember at least, that the past year has been very quiet in compaiison with previous ones, giving the Editors very little material to draw from. Criticism is a harsh thing, and in reviewing the various parts of the college, nothing will be said except that which is for its best interest, and will seek to promote its futher ujDbuilding, and permanent welfare. The college, as is well known, has for the past few years, been in some what of an unsettled condition from
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different causes, especially from lack of sufficient means, to carry out the design for which it was established. But this is not at all surprising, for the same thing has taken place, in all our older and most celebrated institutions of learning, in their early struggle for existence. The college also being to a certain ex- tent dependent upon successive legislatures for its support, has suffered much from the different opinions and actions of different bodies. It is at present self-supporting, although somewhat crippled in its usefulness. It now needs a fund similar to other institutions, and which we have great hopes it will obtain in the near future. Let us hope that the worst is past, and may we see a glorious future open before our beloved alma mater. We agree with a former editor to a certain extent, as regards the low standard of admission. This however we believe will be raised as the college grows older. There has been much dissatisfaction manifested towards our President, and while grumblers are found in every walk of life, still we are compelled to say we believe it is not all without foundation. The farm in connection with the college, in our opinion, is in a very unsatisfactory condition, and is far from what it was in- tended it should be. We are not among those who believe in the flaunting statements often made before the public, by per- sons entirely ignorant of the circumstances, that it should be made to pay as a business enterprise. The farm is, or should be for the purpose of illustrating in the best possible way, the prac- tical part of agriculture and should have sufficient means to so do. The horticultural department of Prof. Maynard is in a flourish- condition, which reflects great credit upon the manager. It is plainly evident however that the Professor is, much overworked in attending to the very laborious duties in that direction, as well as those of a regular professor in tlie college, and it is lioped that he will soon be relieved. An experimental station is one of the things very much need- ed and which of necessity must soon be established. It is hardly
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