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THE INDEX, Pres. G-oodell gives the two lower classes thorough instruction in the Latin and French languages as far as the limited time will allow, but it would seem of more use to the students if these languages could be drop- ped and a two years ' course of study in the German language given in their place. At the beginning of this term an effort was made to give the stu- dents a better opportunity to obtain a knowledge of declamation and composition. Previous to this, each class has been under the instruction of four professors during their course, which has resulted in a confused jumbling of ideas without much benefit to any one. Prof. Lane now has charge of this department, and there is no doubt but what he will succeed in his attempt to raise the literaray standard of the college. The cadets under the command of Lieut. Sage are obtaining a fair idea of military science and tactics. They have had an opportunity this term to show their skill in drilling at the Belchertown and Springfield fairs. Most of the term has been devoted to company drill, no artillery nor mortar practice having been ordered. There is hardly the interest taken in drill that there should be. The majority go on drill with the feeling that the more " place rest " there is, and the sooner the drill is over, the better off tbey are. During the year Col. W. S. Clark ' s picture has been given to the College by some of the Alumni. The Trustees have also presented us with a complete collection of Japanese agricultural implements which will be brought here by Prof. Brooks. The old gymnasium is to be fitted up as an agricultural museum of which these tools will form the nucleus. The interest in athletics is not what it should be. Both the Base-ball and Foot-ball Associations have been well supported financially, but the students can hardly be induced to go out and practice as they should. They seem to think that the teams should win all the games played with very little or no practice. While this sort of feeling lasts, we must not expect our teams to do good work. If we cannot have a ball nine that will do better work than that of last year, we had better have none at all. The foot-ball team has done fairly well considering the number of men to choose from, but still it should do better. Tennis seems to be our most popular sport, and the four society courts are occupied the greater part of the time. At last it seems as though a start has been made towards having a good gymnasium. By subscriptions from the students and others, about two hundred dollars was raised, which is being expended for clubs, dumb bells, chest weights, etc. The drill hall has been sheathed, and heating apparatus put in, and it is expected that by the first of January, it will be in readiness for use. A great impetus would be given if the Alumni
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THE INDEX Many improvements have been made on the farm during the year, though the work has been much hindered by the lack of a permanent head. The land in the valley west of the campus has been cleared of stumps and seeded to grass, while the land on the border of the creek running through the farm, has been ploughed for the purpose of growing corn next season. A substantial wire fence has been built by the edge of the road on the western side of the farm and the land graded, giv- ing it a much more finished appearance. Under the efficient supervision of Mr. Wright the farm is fast approaching a state which may make it a model for all good farmers. Prof. Maynard is still filling our minds with horticultural knowledge and yet finds time to steadily improve the appearance of his department. W. M. Shepardson ' 88 now holds the position formerly held by S. B. Green, ' 79, who resigned, to become Prof, of Horticulture in the Minneso- ta Agricultural College. New varieties of fruit are constantly being add- ed and thoroughly tested as to their value. A new plant house has been built near the site of the old rose house, one part of which is to be devoted to experimental work under the direction of L. F. Kinney, ' 88, and the remainder to the general work of the department. Prof. Fern aid steadily holds us spell-bound as he discourses on the strange behavior of certain animals called Protoza. The only fault we find in relation to his department, is that we can only be instructed by him three hours a week, when we would all prefer a dozen. Uuder the direction of Prof. Wellington, we have been endeavoring to get the principles of mineralogy into our brains, though to many it seems as if they knew less and less about it each day. We could work to much better advantage in the " Lab " if we could have two hours a day for a part of the week instead of working one hour every day. We no sooner get fairly under way in our tests than we hear the sound of " Johns " No. 10 shoes as he crosses the " Gym. " giving us warning that the bell is about to ring. With Prof. Warner ' s help, and by our many noble efforts at the end of each term, we have passed with honor (?) from Algebra through Sur- veying and are now " dissipating our energies " in attempting to under- stand the " composition of forces " which constitutes the wonderful sci- ence of Mechanics. Dr. Walker, our college pastor, is laboring hard to convince us that a knowledge of the art of Rhetoric should be the chief aim and end of man. Yet, thus far, it appears as if each man considered the calcula- tion of whether he was going to be so fortunate (?) as to be called upon to recite, a far more important consideration than the knowledge of the art itself.
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THE INDEX would start an Athletic fund, the income of which should be used in the interests of athletics in general. We welcome our proteges, the class of ' 92, as by far the largest that has entered the college for a number of years. If some of them were only sensible enough to realize that it is not necessaiy to be fresh, though they are Freshmen, it would be a great improvement. It seems to us that a mild amount of hazing might be a good thing for these, and it would hardly be injurious to some of the members of ' 91. Classmates : We have now completed the undertaking with which you have honored us, though the poor business manager is still growing thin at the thought of the bills he must collect. We have tried to prepare an Index that shall be remembered hereafter as a credit to our class, and now we lay aside our pens with feelings of both joy and sorrow that our editorial days are over.
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