The Free lance. (State College, Pa.) 1887-1904, October 01, 1888, Image 20

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    The students at Ann Arbor have petitioned the
Legislature to prohibit the sale of intoxicating
liquors within five miles of the university.
Over 1300 students at the University of Cam
bridge have signed a protest against the admission
of women.
Wellesley, with 620 students, is pronounced the
leading female college in America. Smith stands
next with 367 ; then Vassar, 283 ; 164,
and Bryn Mawr with 70.
Union College has been without a president for
four years. The students have threatened to with
draw in a body if some one is not soon chosen to
fill the chair.
The University is to have the largest observatory
dome in the world. It is being built at Cleveland,
It weighs ten tons, and has a diameter of 45 feet
4 inches.
Tobacco is to be shut out of the Chambersburg
Academy. No boy who uses it in any way will
be admitted. The ground taken is that tobacco
produces baneful effects on the mind and health of
the students.
A course in journalism has •been established at
Cornell. It is conducted on a very practical plan.
The class is organized like the staff of city papers,
with the Professor as editor and the students as
reporters. Assignments of work are made and the
reports edited in the class-room.
At Cambridge University, England, a debate
was recently held by the undergraduates on the
subject, "Who wrote Shakespeare's plays." At
the close a vote was taken. Many students re
frained from voting, showing that their minds
were not made up either way, but of the 231 who
voted, tot voted for Bacon and 130 in favor of
The Lafayette Sophomores tried to '' cluck " the
Freshmen• with water containing sulphuric acid
but failed, except to damage their clothing some
what. The use of acid was unsparingly , condemned
by the higher class-men. The cane-rush on Sep
tember 19th was very rough but no one was seri
ously injured. The Sophomores were victorious.
Secretaries Fairchild and Endicot are Harvard
men; Secretary Whitney hails from Yale;' Dick in-
son from Michigan UniVersity ; Vilas from Wis
consin University and Garland , froM St. Mary's
College, Kentucky. . ,
Vassar College opened on September 24th with
a brighter prospect than at any time in its history.
President Taylor says: "This is
. the first year we
have had no preparatory department . and [ am
deeply gratified at the prospect. We have entered
more than one hundred new "students and the
Freshman class will number seventy, the largest
ever known. The total number of students will
be about three hundred."
The number of "cuts" given in some of the
leading colleges are as follows: At Yale, twenty
four to the Juniors and Seniors per year; to the
Sophomores and Freshmen eighteen. At Willi
ams, thirty "cuts" from chapel and recitations.
At Dartmouth, twenty-five; at Amherst and Wes
leyan a student must be present at nine-tenths of
the recitations in each branch; at Hamilton,
forty-five ; at Harvard, Cornell, and Michigan
University, and Johns Hopkins attendance at reci
tations and chapel is optional.—Ex.
We arc in receipt of the first issue of the High
School Register, a periodical published by the High
School of Evansville, Ind. It contained several
good, articles and taking it altogether, it is a very
creditable little sheet.
The June issue of the Dickhrsonian was the first
s edited by the new staff. The thing most
noticeable was the entire absence of a literary de
partment. We doubt whether this is advancing
in the right direction. It is true that some of our
exchanges have so much literary matter as to be
come prosy and uninteresting to most college stu
dents, But on the other hand we think there is
such a thing as making a periodical too local.
This issue seems to us to lack weight and dignity.
We again send our greeting to the Maklenboy
Monthly. We were pleased with your very pract
cal editorial on '' Chronic kickers," We under
stand exactly what they are, as almost every college
man does. For we think there are very few col
leges without them. Yom• advice as to being
systematic in study is what we have always preached
and practiced.