Dr. McCosh of Princeton, said, after a lecture to the senior class last Thursday: "Our college is not in a good state. I do not know exactly the feeling of the students. I wish to say if any one has any complaint to make, let him bring it to the faculty, and I will promise him a fair hearing. I am president of the college and have authority. If you wish to go to the trustees-it is the highest authority-that court is open to you. The public, as I happen to know, thinks the college to be in a poor way, and the faculty and students both to be bad. Something is essentially wrong. For myself, I say I have never been guilty of supporting a system of espionage. I say our business is to keep order. I said to the tutors, If you see a man going wrong, go to him and tell him so. If that don't help it, come to me. I told them not to try the spy system, for the students wouldn't have it." Dr. McCosh asked the class if anything had been done toward espionage contrary to orders. This was loudly answered in the affirmative. He then advised the students not to bring their matters before the public, but before the faculty, and he would see that they were heard. If there were facts let them be investigated. No man had any authority to do as the students claim a certain professor had done. The president spoke of his action in regard to secret societies, and said it was better for Princeton to legislate on her own matters in this case, as she had done in that. "Let us settle our questions," he said, "among ourselves."
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May 06, 2017