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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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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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£ifxiorx xl . I HE editorial columns of this edition of the hidex would be incomplete without I some mention of the assistance which we have received from our predecessors, the ' 94 Index- Board. The loyalty to class, which prevented the members of former Index- Boards from extending any help to their immediate successors, is a false one and unworthy of the name. Recognizing this fact, the ' 94 Index Board came for- ward and generously offered us their assistance. We extend to the members of the Board our most sincere thanks for the help which they so unhesitatingly afforded us. The work of getting out a publication of this kind, while to a great extent original, is peculiarly alike, year after year, and is work which experience simplifies remarkably. The mechanical parts — copying, collecting statistics, writing and answering letters, reading proof, etc., — all, are susceptible of arrangement and systematization, so as to promote more concentrated and effective action by each member of the Board. To our successors, then, the ' 96 Index Board, we extend a greeting, with an offer of assistance which we will fulfill by every means in our power. It is as much our wish that the ' 96 htdex may be superior to ours as it was our hope that the ' 95 Index should excel any that had preceded it. It is with pride that we call the attention of the Alumni, and others interested in the prosperity of the college, to the increased interest which has been taken in athletics. We have started a system of indoor meets to be held during the winter term, and the Field Day of the spring has become one of the events in our college life. Thus far this year progress in athletic matters has been generally satisfactory, though in one direction fault may justlv be found; that is, with the manner in which support has been given to the foot-ball team ; not financially, for in this direction it has been of the best, but in regard to practice, to the numbers who habitually came out, or, rather, failed to come out, to play against the college eleven. To be sure, it is not very inspiring to stand up before the team when there is no chance of scoring; but the students should take pride enough in the College to assist the team MS
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