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

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offered in the Mathematical department. These prizes are awarded for excellence in this branch, and the competitive examination, open only to members of the Senior class, will be held at the end of each year. In order to stimulate greater activity in the Rhetorical and Literary department, Mr. Charles L. Flint, ' 8r, has offered two prizes, known as the Flint Prizes, which are open to competition for members of the Junior class. There have been nearly three thousand volumes added to the library, and it is rapidly encroaching upon all the space allotted it. The success of this department is due to the efforts of President Goodell, who has labored zealously in bringing it to its present state of excellence. The addition of many specimens to the Museum of Natural History is such that, although this department is excellently equipped, in order to be of greater value to the college there should be erected in the near future another building for its use. In mentioning the magnificent gifts of a clock from the class of ' 92, and of a bell from J. Howe Demond, Esq., we can but point with pride to the improved appearance of the Stone Chapel, and thank them for the favors conferred upon us. Both will prove lasting memorials of the donors, and their generosity will be recalled as the melodious tones that sound the passing hours are heard floating from yonder steeple. The amount of work required from the editors of the college paper, Aggie Life, necessitated the enlarging of that board, and the college having voted to increase the number of members, there are at present nine instead of seven as formerly. This paper has met with the highest approbation of the faculty, the alumni, and the students, and is such that all friends of the college can read and appreciate it. In athletics we may assert that the standard of the college is higher than ever before. Although the management of the Base Ball Association experienced many disappointments by the canceling of scheduled games, otherwise the season was one of success. Especially did we regret the failure of Trinity and Worcester " Tech " to meet us on the diamond, as we had looked forward with great anticipation to these games. The playing of the team was superior to that of former years, and the number of games won very encouraging, as the team met with defeat but twice during the entire season. At this, the close of such a successful foot-ball season, we can commend the manager for his efficiency in securing so many games, and praise the team for the many victories. The first game, which was with Trinity, resulted in our defeat; but we feel confident that had we met them a second time victory would have been ours. For the first time in three years have we met Williston, and again demonstrated to them that " Aggie " is their superior on the foot-ball field. The game with the Boston University eleven was hardly more than a " practice game " for our team, and we proved conclusively to them that, as one of the departments of that University, we were not deficient in foot- ball material. At the opening of the season it was hoped that we could enter into a foot-

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fIDassacbusetts Hgncultural CoIIeoe. ••- st ' S. -- College Colors — Maroon and White. College Yell— 7? : ;: Rah! Rah-rah-rah! A-G-G-I-E ! Rah! Rah! Rali-rah-rah! REVIEW OF THE YEAR. f S we take a retrospective glance over the past year, it is with pleasure that we note 1 the rapid advancement made by this college and its students in all the different f departments. After a term of four months of very successful and commendable management, as Acting President, Professor C. H. Fernald relinquished the responsibilities of the office to President H. H. Goodell, who returned from abroad January i, 1892. The rest and change, that he so much needed, wrought a decided improvement in the President ' s health, and with the resumption of his college duties he imparted to the institution an impetus and invigorating influence for its highest welfare. There have been but few changes in the personnel of the faculty. At the opening of last Spring Term, Professor Warner had the misfortune to severely injure his ankle and has been unable to resume his position as instructor until during the latter part of this term. To the class of ' 94 this was a disappointment, as all had looked forward with great anticipation to the subject of Surveying under his instruction. The department of Mathematics was placed under Mr. D. F. Carpenter, B. S., ' 86, who has ably conducted it. The three years ' detail of Lieutenant Lester W. Cornish having expired, he was ordered to his command, and we bade him farewell with sincere regret. The present Military Instructor and Commandant, Lieutenant Walter M. Dickinson, has shown himself an able instructor and a firm but just disciplinarian. R. W. Lyman has been appointed Lecturer on Law, vice F. E. Paige, resigned. One notable event was the granting of the appropriation from the general govern- ment, a portion of which was claimed by another institution. This was of great importance to us, as it was necessary for the prosperity of the college that we obtain this money. Through the generosity of Professor Warner there have been two prizes 17



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ball league with some of the colleges not members of such an association, but this was deemed unadvisable for many reasons. A tennis tournament was held during the past term, and served to direct about the usual amount of attention to this sport. The pond of last winter was not of sufficient size to enable the Polo Association to arrange for any games, but with the construction of the new dam we now have a pond that will prove of great utility to all who indulge in skating. The musical talent of the college is excellent, and has been materially increased during the year. The Orchestra has attained an enviable position in musical circles, and the Glee Club and the Cadet Band have upheld our reputation for musical ability in this and other cities and towns. A Press Club, composed of the regular correspondents of the leading papers, has been formed, and never before has the college been brought so prominently before the public, through the medium of the press, as it has within the last year. That the political issues have not been wholly overlooked is evident from the formation of Republican, Democratic, and Prohibition Clubs. The new Infantry Drill Regulations have been introduced into the military depart- ment, and they have proved a radical but beneficial change in all the prescribed move- ments, and the " demerit system " has caused a marked improvement in the appearance of the cadets. Among other changes in and about the college buildings may be noted our neat and tasty band-stand, erected north of the Stone Chapel by contributions from the faculty and students; the new buildings at the Botanical Department and the Hatch Station, which will make the work of these departments more valuable in all their branches; the use of electric lights in the Drill Hall, making it more available during the winter evenings ; and the grove of trees set out by the Class of ' 94 on Arbor Day. The changes here noted are only those which have been apparent to the student body as a whole, but aside from these there has been a constant undercurrent of progress manifested in all the different phases of the college life of the past year. 19

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