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old chapel room, so long used for prayers and college gatherings, has been fitted up as a chemical laboratory for the use of advanced students. The much needed floor has been placed ni the drill hall, and is greatly appre- ciated bv the students. Although the hall is noisier during drill hour than formerly, it is free from dust and makes a much better gymnasium. The sum of seventeen hundred and fifty dollars was appropriated to finish the dam, so that the pond is now of ample size for winter sports, and a pleasant feature of the college grounds. There has been a great change made in the Botanical buildmgs. The old plant house, which was becoming somewhat dilapidated, has been entirely remodeled, and several new buildings have been erected. Among the additions are the vegetable house, forcing house, workshop, and the enlargement of the Durfee plant house. This latter building is now considered a model glass struct- ure. The house is certainly well laid out, and it is an ornament to the college grounds. The blooming of the century plant was the occasion of considerable interest last spring. It is an unusually large plant, and is estimated to be something over sixty-five years old. The plant covers an area of over three hundred square feet, and the flower-stalk reached the height of twenty-five feet. A new barn is in process of erection west of the dormitories, and when com- pleted will be one of the finest and best equipped in the State. Near the barn a large dairy house will be fitted up with all the modern appliances for dairying. It will also contain a classroom, fully equipped with material for illustration. Since the funds at the disposal of the college have been increased, the dif- ferent departments have been greatly improved, especially by the addition of new- equipments. ' J ' he Chemical department has received a large amount of costly apparatus for practical laboratory work. This addition places the department on a good foundation for advanced study. ' [ ' here have been fifteen hundred books added to the library during the past year, and it is rapidly becoming headciuartcrs in the State for all matters pertain- ing to agriculture and its various branches. New liooks are constantly being- received both from ]Durchase and gift. We would especially mention the gift of William 13. Court. This consists of over sixty volumes of the standard writers of fiction. It was especially appreciated, as this part of the library has not kept pace with the increase whicli has steadily been going on in other departments, 111 athletics we are steadily improxing year b ' year. Some of the new feat- ' 43
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3Jla ' 5iitcl|ttsi its ticxxlinrbxl ollit it. College Colors — Maroon and White. College Yell — Rah ! Rah ! Rah-Rah-Rah ! A-G-G-I-E! Rah! Rah! Rah-Rah-Rah ! REVIEW OF THE YEAR. (JjXOR many years decided improvements have been gradually going on in all P departments of the college, but it is doubtful if in its history there has been a period of such marked progressiveness as has characterized the past year. Within a few months a series of events have occurred, which are to be important factors in the future prosperity of the college. Among the most important of these was the adoption of the long desired electives, and the intro- duction of a new course of study, known as " the two years ' course. " These changes necessitated the appointment of assistant professors in the departments of Chemistry, Botany, Mathematics, English, and Agriculture. In introducing electives into the institution, it has been necessary to consid- erably change the course of study. In the four years ' course the principal changes are : first, in the increased requirements for admission, and, second, in making the Senior studies elective. In addition to the regular course, opportunities are offered to those having received the degree of Bachelor of Science, for the taking up of advanced work, as a post-graduate course leading to the degree of Master of Science. The two years ' course is intended for those who propose to follow agricul- tural pursuits, but who lack either the time or the means required for the longer course. There have been some alterations in the college buildings and grounds. The 142
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ures which have been introduced are worthy of note. Last winter, for the first time in the history of the association, regular athletic meets were held in the gymnasium every Saturday afternoon. Sharp competition was tlie rule between the classes to secure points : ' 94 and ' 95 were especially active. A banner was offered by the athletic association to the class winning the most points, both dur- ing the winter meets and on Field Day. The meets were well attended, and a good deal of interest was shown by the student body. The Field Day was celebrated at Hampshire Park last spring. It was a grand success, and we hope it is now an established custom. One thing is vet lacking for the best welfare of our athletic interest : that is an enclosed athletic field. A movement towards securing such a field has been started by Professor Brooks, who laid a petition before the trustees to the eft ' ect that thev appropriate to the use of tlie college students sufficient land for an enclosed athletic field ; further, that permission be granted to erect a grand stand and other appropriate struct- ures. This petition was granted. Professor Brooks has the matter in charge, and we do not doubt but that he will soon have the funds necessary to go forward with the plan. The college has long been celebrated for the excellence of its Military Depart- ment : visitors at the college always show great interest in the military drill. The improvement in this department has been very noticeable the past year. Its success is due not merely to the work of the Commandant, but in a great degree to the individual efforts of th e students. Military instruction is not to be found in every college, and it is but natural that the student body should take a certain pride in the excellence of this peculiar feature of our institution. I ' he changes here noted are those which have affected most strikingly the welfare of our institution. Besides those mentioned there have been many minor changes which ha ' e aided much in the growth of the college. An} ' one who observes the condition of our institution at the present time, cannot conclude otherwise than that it is making rapid progress, and that in the near future there will be changes which will eft ' ect the college far more vitallv than those in the past. The number of students this year is in keeping with its general prosperity. 144
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