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

 - Class of 1897

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Massachusetts Agricultural College College Colors: Maroon and White, College YeU: Rah! Rah! Rah-Rah-Rah! A! G! G-I-E! Rah! Rah! Rah-Rah-Rah! REVIEW OF THE YEAR. LOOKING back over the past year, and noticing the changes made, we can truly say that it has been a year of progress. The improve- ments brought about in certain departments have been very marked, and have resulted in raising the standard of the whole College. The greatest change has been made in the Mathematical Department, which is now headed by Professor Metcalf, whose ability as a theoretical and practical engineer and mathematician cannot be doubted. He is ably seconded by Professor Hasbrouck. Besides the regular course in higher mathematics in the Senior year, this department now offers a course in Civil Engineering, which has, thus far, proved very satisfactory to those who have elected it. At the consolidation of the State and the Hatch Experiment Stations under the name of the Hatch Experiment Station of the Massachusetts Agricultural College, with President Goodell as director, three new de- partments were created : Veterinary, Foods and Feeding, and Botany, with Dr. Paige, Dr. Lindsey, and Dr. Stone as their respective heads. Profes- sor Metcalf has succeeded Professor Warner as the head of the Meteoro- logical Department. Dr. Paige being in Germany, the chair of Veterinary is filled by Eugene H. Lenhert, D. V. S. Among the improvements made about the college buildings is the re- moval of the pine grove and horse shed which it surrounded. The road to the new barn now runs over the spot where they stood. This not 147

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Free Blows. The Reasons that Some Men have urged why they should not be Roasted. Kramer. Because it would be a chestnut. Editors of ' 97 Index. Because we ' re on the Board. Leamy. Because I ' ll soak you at Commencement. Keenan. Because my folks would get onto me. Merriman. Because I ' m not responsible. Hubbard. Because I used to be in your class. Professor M d. Because I ' d lose my job on the Fish Com- mission. Prex. Goodell. Because I run the ranch. Rest of the Faculty. Because we ' ll condition you. Ninety-Eight Index Board. Because we ' ll soak you next year. Kinney, Pentecost, and Moore. Because we come from Wor- cester. Coleman. Because I ' m a Berkshire Belle. Two Year ' 96. Because we ' re Seniors. Charmbury. Because I ' ll draw funny pictures of you. 146



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only improves the general appearance of the grounds, but also gives a convenient and direct way of reaching the barn. The former site of the farmhouse and old barn is as level as nature ever intended it should be, and no one vould realize that two of the main buildings of the College were ever located there. The insectary has received an addition several times larger than the original building, and has been supplied with apparatus which places this department still further to the front in the line of ento- mological research. In the southwest end of the drill hall a gallery has been erected capable of seating one hundred persons. West of the drill hall and connected with it is a large gun shed, which shelters the two new rifled guns recently added to the equipment of the military department, and other things from the hitherto overcrowded armory. The building also contains a shooting galleiy sixty feet long, to be used for pistol practice b} ' the Seniors in the winter. There have been several minor improvements made about college. Electric lights have been placed in North College, and lights now burn until midnight, instead of eleven o ' clock, as was first tried. A fire-alarm box connecting with the service of the town has been put in, giving us pro- tection in addition to that already obtained from our own hose and ladder. The College is now connected with Amherst and all outside points by tele- phone, instruments having been placed in the President ' s office and in the Experiment Station, with a long-distance transmitter at the Plant House. A new system of excuses has been adopted, whereby every man must account for his absence to the professor in charge within twenty-four hours of the time it was incurred. This has not proved wholly satisfactory, and it is hoped that at sometime in the near future it will be replaced by a system of cuts such as is commonly used in larger institutions. The year has been a prosperous one for our library, already the best in the country in the line of agriculture and kindred science. Some two thou- sand volumes have been added, inaking a total of nearl} ' seventeen thousand volumes. Perhaps the most interesting event of the past year, from a social point of view, was the Military Ball, which was given at the end of the winter term by the college fraternities. From the situation of the College there is necessarily a lack of social advantages, and from the success of this ball we are led to hope that it may be made a regular annual occurrence.

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