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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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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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