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

 - Class of 1891

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THE INDEX, 77 World recognize as the proper system of education, but the time will come when even these conservative institutions must yield to popular opinion and open their doors to both sexes. Co-education would have a marked influence on the athletics in our colleges. The tendency with college men now is, to make heavy athletics a specialty, and to strive to row the fastest, catch the best and lift the most. All of which phy- sicians inform us is decidedly injurious, and dangerous to the health. With the advent of young ladies in our colleges would come lighter gymnastic ap- paratus and lighter games, which will develop a man physically, as well as heavier work. The aim of the athlete would then be to cultivate graceful movements and a well proportioned body, by the modei-ate and equal use of all the muscles. The natural sciences would acquire new interest in the eyes of all the students. Botanical exhibitions would be more frequent, and the fields and forests would be diligently explored for specimens of rare beauty. The zoologi- cal department would be rendered very interesting, though at times the highest species might receive more attention than the insects and lower animals. Howevei " , as students are not confined to the text book, but attend college to learn all they can, this would do but little harm. Now all this argues powerfully for the speedy and more perfect introduction of co-education into our own college, and if the reader has not long since com- prehended the benefits which are to be derived from it, we must say that we pity his ignorance or bigotiy. As for ourselves, we feel it to be our duty as true and loj ' al men, to chamjjion every good cause however small and insignifi- cant its beginnings may be. Therefore, we wish to express our hearty thanks to, and admiration foj-, the only member of our Faculty who is endeavoring to do anything for the advancement of the cause of co-education. That he has, in the face of all the opposition which he must inevitably encounter, succeeded in making even so small a beginning in this direction, is a source of congratula- tion to all those who have the good of the college at heart. It is our hearty wish that he may meet with success in his undertaking, and that the classes which follow us, may enjoy as great advantages over us as we have over those preceding.

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CO-EDUCATION. HE purpose of this article is to present to the reader the advantages of co-education in all colleges, and particularlj- in our agricultural colleges. There are now several institutions, particularly in the Western States, where both sexes ma}- attend on terms of equality, so far as educational privileges are concerned, and thus enjoy the greater social advantages which must be afforded by such a system. The co-educational system as carried out at Cornell is the standard of which all others are more or less modifications. At that institution, Sage Col- lege was erected especially for young ladies, and will accommodate one hun dred students, who are presided over by a lady principal of high character and attainments. Young ladies are not admitted until seventeen years of age. They are granted two evenings a week in vrhich to receive their friends, a priv- ilege which is doubtless appreciated and enjoyed by all. At Cornell the lady students substitute calisthenics for military drill, and as they go through the rapid and graceful movements, their ruddy cheeks and bright eyes doubtless attract more attention than the brass buttons and martial pomp of the Cornell Cadet Battalion. Out of the thii-ty-four colleges, which reported to the Commissioners of Edu- cation, eight refused admittance to young ladies. Of the remaining twenty- six, there were only a few that had made any provision for their attendance, although their doors were open to them. Young ladies attending such colleges must therefore find accommodation in the nearest town, which is often incon- venient and disagi-eeable. How can we under such conditions expect young ladies to attend college. In accordance with a vote of the trustees, Prof. Levi Stockbridge, when pres- ident of M. A. C, invited the fair sex to attend this college. Only one young lady accepted this invitation, but if there could be acconmiodations for them in the shape of a dormitory erected for their special use, and presided over by a lady principal, as at Cornell, there would be little doubt of its being filled. Then what an attraction there would be at Aggie ! For in this ladies ' dormi- tory might be spent two pleasant evenings a week. A j ' oung man might tlien gratify his desire for lady ' s society without the trouble of going to Hamp, and his character would be far less likely to suffer in the estimation of the public. Co-education is the most natural method, and the young ladies and gentle- men thus educated together make truer, nobler, and less sentimental men and v(romeii. It is radically different from what the higher institutions of the Old (70)



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First twins of our Alumni : Ralph Lewis Easterbrook, Ruth Davis Easterbrook. Born October 5th, 18S9. Weight 7 ' . and 6}{ pounds. Mrs. B-l-us to young B whose room had just been stacked. — " I should have thought that Johnnie W would have been a sort of father to you! " Prof. L-n- to Tuttle who rooms in South College. — " How far away do you room ? " T-ttl-.— " About half a mile. " Prof. L. — " Well, can you get your composition in five minutes if you hurry ? " F-lt-n to J. West. — " Johnny, you may think you are an angp], but your wings haven ' t grown yet. " G-o. T-ng to St-w-.— " Who is adjutant ? " St-w-.— " I am ! ! ! ! " Prof. W. — " What is the product of H. S ? " Ph-ll-ps.— " Chickens. " Prof. W. — " Please give the reaction. " R-ss-11. — " Waiter, please pass me the hand-bill. " Prof. B ks, incjuiring about tlie foot-ball game. — " And how many innings did thoy play ? " Graham (at foot-ball supper). — " My only regret is that I liave no more room. " Eames. — " Did that man have two twins ? " W-ll-rd. — " Now hear me swear, and this is what I mean : Henceforth I do my courting out of town, and love shall be no more a dream. " m

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