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

 - Class of 1884

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Now tiiat tile Experimental Station has been establislied here, it lends a new featnre of interest to the College, wliile the I ' e- sults of its work will he highly heiiolici.-il both to the College and State. In fact, everything is rapidly progressing here at the College ; and with such a President at the head of it, and with its bright future, nothing should prevent the rallying to the standard of the M. A. C. every young man in the New England States who wants a thorough and practical college education. And now, in closing, we who have passed through the wisdom and folly of the first three years would say to the Junior Classes, improve your time ; for the time is only too near when you can not find the time to improve, or the ability to improve the time. Get the idea well instilled into your minds that it is not for others, but for your own personal good, that you are partaking of the Tree of Knowledge, and there will not only be a greater degree of satisfaction in your studies, but you Avill find they benefit you more hereafter, when you come in contact with the outer world, and take your voyage on the turbulent sea of life. H. 4 iry

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JT has just been an anomalistic year, of 365 days, 6 hours, o 13 minutes and 40 seconds, since the Class of ' 83 wielded the editorial quill, and the old stub with which she has written for the last three years is swiftly going where all good pens go. But though the Class pen is getting dulled by constant use, the intellect which has ever guided and controlled it is sharper, clearer, more defined and much more intellectual, by the con- tinual friction against the superior minds of our honored Fac- ulty, who, like the potter, receiving our minds in the plastic form, have shaped and rounded them, adding a touch here and smoothing off some corner there, until they have at last pro- duced, as near as may be, the perfect vessel. And what a fearful responsibility rests on these moulders of the human intellect ! Our future course of action — ay, the shaping of the very destiny of our lives — lies within their con- trol. Then how essential that each jiotter should possess the elements of the true artist. And here we take occasion to exjDress our thanks to our in- structors for their increasing devotion to us, and who, through sunshine and shadow, have ever been our advisers and well- wishers. Never in our College course has the horizon of hope been illuminated with brighter or more cheerful prospects than at present. " To him that hath shall be given " seems to hold true. The State gave to us from her abundance. We see a part of our extensive campus furnishing the foundation for a new Armory, which is rapidly being constructed, and by the time Winter shall have sifted down on us his pure mantle of snow, we shall have a drill hall which will be both safe and pleasant to manceuver in, and we shall not be obliged, as in past Winters, to either go without drill entirely, or march in the old (jjym., at the risk of our devoted heads. 14



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T last we find our names enrolled as Juniors, and in accord- ' o ance with the time-honored custom we again take up the traditional pen. and here inscribe oar deeds of the past and make known our hopes for the future. Many changes have been made in our surroundings since we first came here as students. Men have come and men have gone, but the same old drama of College life is daily played. When in the Autumn of ' 80 our Class assembled at the foot of the Hill of Science, we saw no reason why the greater part of our number should not in four years stand upon the graduating platform of the Agricultural College. But we were disap- pointed ; for already fifteen of our original number have left us, and, alas ! two of our beloved classmates we have with reluctant hands and saddened hearts laid beneath the sod. Yet we are not discouraged by the loss of numbers, for each departing class- mate has tended to strengtiien rather than weaken the silver cord of friendship. As we cross the threshold of Junior year, let us take one ling- gering look into the past. From the lowly estate of Freshmen we have fought our way upward to the privileges and responsi- bilities of Upper Classmen. We have been fully convinced, dur- ing our two years of College life, that a great many factors should enter into a student ' s training besides text books. Wher- ever any fun was to be had there we were always found. 16

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