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

 - Class of 1894

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the needs of the Agricultural Colleges. So few are the bequests to these institutions that a prominent newspaper recently took particular note of the fact, when one of them was honored by having a few thousand dollars left to it, and had an editorial telling of the needs of such institutions. We hope and trust that as the people of this Common- wealth learn more and more of the work accomplis hedhere, they will be more liberal towards us in the matter of bequests. The College Senate of today is the governing power of many American colleges and some academies. A question we often hear asked is : " Why can we not have a senate at the M. A. C? " There seems to be no good reason why we cannot. To be sure the students of our college will average younger than those of a classical college, still we believe that in any class there are those who are capable of judging between right and wrong, and who would feel a kind of pride and responsibility were they made mem- bers of their college senate. Could we have a senate composed of members from each of the four classes, the num- ber from each to vary as the age of the class, with the President of the college as its President, the student body would take more interest in the college government, and public spirit would prevent anything being done to injure her good name. It is the desire of the ' 94 Index Board that a college senate be the form of govern- ment at the M. A. C. before the members of our class leave their Alma Mater. With the increased demand for dormitory accommodations during the past few years, and with the faculty edict that no new dormitories are to be erected in the future, there has been left but one medium through which to meet the requirements of our increasing numbers. It is for the college fraternities to erect lodges for their members, to the relief of the crowded condition of affairs now existing. Already one of our societies has finely located its members in a home, and rumors are often heard that other of our societies are soon to follow this good example. If true, the project should be encouraged in every way. Considering the age and size of our institution, the fraternity-house question has received marked attention, as but few of our American colleges have reached the position of supporting even one, but it is pleasing to note that they are gradually grasping and recognizing the benefits which are to be derived from the union of each fraternal body under a common roof, and are formulating plans for the near future. We would impress upon our readers the various benefits that would thus be 129

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Bbitorials. 1 I E feel that it is but just to ourselves to state that we have received practically III no assistance from either the ' 92 or the ' 93 Index Board. We do not wish to complain in the least of our treatment at the hands of the ' 93 Board, as we think that whatever has been amiss in their conduct towards us must have been due entirely to some time-worn college custom, which has forbidden intercourse between the members of one ?z i?;ir Board and those of the next. If such be the case, it is time said custom was worn out, and we shall do all in our power to make it a thing of the past. As in the world at large, love of country takes precedence of love of State or of province, so in the college world, the interests of one ' s Alma Mater should be placed above those of his class. The Index is a college annual, and though each succeeding volume is published by a different class, yet to the public mind any particular volume represents the college far more than it does the class which may have chanced to pub- lish it. Hence, it is the duty of every loyal student, whatever the class to which he belongs, to lay aside class pride and petty jealousy, and do all in his power to aid the Index editors in their work. To the ' 95 Editorial Board we would say that not only do we consider it a duty, but also that it would be a pleasure, for us to assist you in your work with the experi- ence that we have gained. We wish that yours may be a lighter task than fell to our lot, and that your efforts may be crowned with greater success than ours have been. What is the reason that this college does not receive more bequests ' . Is it because we have a small sum of money from the government, or because the people believe that Agricultural Colleges are not worth supporting? If it is either of these reasons, it is a very poor one indeed; and we hope and believe that it is neither. But whatever the reason may be, there is need of a general awakening among all classes of people to 128

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obtained by our local societies. The erection of substantial houses would not only beau- tify our surroundings, and stand as a tribute to the society, but it would also bring the members together with a tendency to a closer union and a deeper brotherly interest. With these few recommendations we cannot urge too strongly the advantage and necessity of immediate action upon this important subject. One of the most pressing necessities of the M. A. C. is space for the Natural His- tory collections. These collections have been greatly augmented during the past year, and have long since outgrown the room allotted them. A stranger, entering the Museum, where the bulk of them is at present, is more apt to think he is in a storehouse than in a place designed for exhibition. Not that the various specimens are improperly arranged and classified, but that lack of room has rendered it necessary to place the objects close to each other, and to make use of the back part of the upper shelves, and in some cases of the tops of the cabinets. A large number of the name cards and many of the objects are thus concealed from view. Nearly all the floor-space of the room is occupied by large models and mounted speci- mens of animals, too bulky to be placed elsewhere, and what tables there are in the room are occupied by the surplus from the cabinets. If the term storehotise is appropriate for the Museum, rubbish-room is a fitting title for the attic over the Military Recitation Room. Here, spread about the floor, are the remnants of once valuable mineral and insect collections. Students, observing the apparent indifference of the college authorities toward these, have not scrupled to despoil them whenever an opportunity offered itself. By a trifling outlay of time and money, the missing specimens might be duplicated, and the collections put in condition for use. But it would be absurd to restore these collections if a suitable place is not accorded them. As there is no building belonging to the college where they can be accommo- dated, and as it would be a decided improvement to have them added to those from the Museum and the smaller ones now in the upper story of the Old Chapel and in the entry of the Drill Hall, the only plausible plan that suggests itself is to have a new build- ing designed for the purpose. This would make all the collections easy of access by the students, and would undoubtedly add a decided impetus to the study of Natural History in college. Then let every interested student and alumnus talk up this plan, and the proba- bilities are that we shall soon see a Museum built that will be worthy of the name. 130

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