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

 - Class of 1887

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Through his energetic efforts and through the income from the permanent fund of $500, given by Mrs. Floyd as a memorial of her son, the Library has rapidly increased in size and efficiency and now numbers over 4,000 volumes. The Horticultural Department under the careful management of Professor Maynard has enjoyed a very successful and profitable year. Much attention has been given to improving the grounds, which are now quite handsome. The Military Department has met with a serious loss by an order for Lieutenant Bridgman to rejoin his battery. During the four years that he was with us he succeeded in infusing into the Corps something of his own ability and zeal. He is succeeded by First Lieutenant G-eorge E. Sage, 5th Artillery U. S. A., to whom we extend a hearty welcome and hope that his connection with the College will be a pleasant one. It is a common idea that mil- itary men are haughty and severe in their dealings with those under them, but we are happy to say that such is not the idea of Lieut. Sage. He appears to be one for whom the students will have great respect. We heartily wish him the best of success. During the past summer the Laboratory building was thoroughly repaired and many necessary changes made in the size and arrangement of the rooms. New apparatus has been received during the past ear for the various departments, which are now very well equipped for work. The Tower of the Chapel has been completed and a large and convenient Dormitor} erected on the site of the one burned last winter. For the Mathematical Department we would suggest that more efficient instruction be given in the entire course and more practi- cal work in surveying. Athletic sports have been well sustained during the past year and we are becoming more and more cognizant of the important part they play in the welfare of a college. Though our numbers are small and our facilities for development rather meagre, we have been enabled to put an excellent foot-ball team into the field, and one that has more than held its own with some of the older and larger colleges. Some attention has also been given to base- ball and we have several excellent players. Tennis has rapidly increased in popularity during the past year. There are other matters that might be commented upon, but we forbear, and in conclusion request that our readers ' criticisms rest lightly upon our effort to follow in the track of our predecessors,

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Presideut Greenough has had much to contend with, has done a great deal for the college, and we believe he has the good of the institution at heart. He needs the earnest cooperation and hearty support of the students in order to advance the standing of the College and secure its best growth and development. We trust that ere long all prejudices and ill-feelings will be cast aside and students and faculty blend together in perfect harmony. Many criticisms have been cast by friends who are interested in the College, as well as by its enemies, upon the manner in which the College Farm has been managed of late years, and it is true that this Farm is not what it should be, and does not illustrate the principles of scientific agriculture, or gladden the eye by its bounti- ful harvests. A change in the condition of the Farm is of vital importance and we urge, among other things, that a s ' stem of field instruction be instituted, as we believe that the study of agri- culture without the practical work is of very little value. The action of the Trustees in lately making the study of agriculture compulsory, the giving to Dr. Miles the complete control of the Farm, and the setting off of a portion of the New Dormitory for an Agricultural Hall are moves in the right direction. In addition to his regular duties as Professor of Agriculture, Dr. Miles has given excellent instruction in Biology to the Senior class. The Chemical Department still maintains its standard, aud the Experiment Station has increased its capacity and corps of assist- ants until it is on the sure road to success. The brick Laboratory, now in process of erection, costing some $8,000 and the increasing of the yearly State appropriation from $5,000 to $10,000 are sources of immense profit. Charles Wellington of ' 73 has been secured as Assistamt Pro- fessor of Chemsistry in place of H. E. Stockbridge of ' 78, who accepted, last spring, the position of Professor of Chemistry in the Imperial College of Japan, and from his great experience and IM ' actical knowledge will be a great acquisition to the working force of the College. We cordially welcome him and wish him success. Professor Goodell resumed his duties at the College at the beginning of the Fall term. We gladly welcome him back and think he has reason to be proud of the excellent record he made in the House as a Legislator. The College is greatly indebted to him, as it was largely due to his influence aud exertions that we received such a bountiful appropriation from the Legislature. 6



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and issue a publication that is eagerly looked for and commented upon, with little thought of the anxious hours spent and midnight oil burned in its preparation. Those who have served on an Index Board know that there is a vast amount of work to be per- formed, and many discouragements to be overcome, before the Index is ready for its readers. Classmates, we would say that we have endeavored to faithfully perform the duty allotted to us, and hope that in future years, as you look upon this volume, the many pleasant incidents wrought into our four years of college life may be brought vividly before your minds. With these feelings we present to you this volume of the Index and resume our neglected studies, feeling amply repaid for all our labor and • ' vexation of spirit " if it, even in a small degree, meets your expectations and with your approval.

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