NEW HAVEN, Feb. 16.
Probably the most important news of the past week is the announcement that plans are making for the extension of the Medical School course from three to four years. The efforts to accomplish this have always been considerably impeded by lack of funds. But during the last few years the school's growth has been such as to almost necessitate steps for the extension of its scope being made, in line with what the Law School has already done. The committee appointed by the Medical School Faculty to prepare plans for the extension of the course, has not yet made its report and no definite steps can be taken till it has done so.
The action taken by the Sheff. senior class on Tuesday evening marks an era in the history of the Scientific School. It was decided to have a class day and also to hold a dance on Monday of Commencement week. Several orders of exercise for class day were presented and the following one was adopted: Cheering, Class Histories, Class Wreath, Poem, Song. The members of the class also expressed themselves in favor of establishing a high stand honorary society in Sheff. On just what lines the society will be formed is not yet known. It is certain, however, that eligibility for membership will not be based wholly upon past work, but general ability will also be a requisite. Hence membership can hardly fail to be a much sought for honor. The following committee from the class was elected to act in conjunction with a committee from the Faculty to look into the matter with power to act: J. W. Roe of Brooklyn, I. W. Greer of Central Village, Conn., and F. E. Newton of Buckingham, Conn.
Unusual interest has been taken this winter by the seniors in military drill. The academic company, composed of about eighty men, meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons under the direction of Captain Pettit. This work at present is an extra, optional in the academic department, but so many have chosen it this year that hopes, are entertained that military science will be made an elective of one hour per week for seniors.
Arrangements for the preliminary meetings to select speakers to represent Yale in the debate with Princeton have not been completed as yet. It has been decided, however, that the Thacher prizes, amounting to $150.00, shall this year be distributed in connection with this debate. Their monetary value is quite large and the combined honor of being the successful contestant and at the same time acting as the University's representative against another college, should lead to a lively competition.
The report of the Baseball Association for last year shows the receipts to be $13,982.79 and expenditures $10,817.51. In response to Captain Rustin's call over one hundred and fifty candidates for the university and freshman baseball teams presented themselves at the gymnasium on Friday evening. All candidates for battery positions will meet at the cage on Monday afternoon. The remaining freshman candidates will be called out on Wednesday, February 27, and the candidates from the other classes together with the old University men still later. Of last year's nine all the members are still in college except two, ex-Captain Case, short-stop, and Arbuthnot, third base. Murphy '97, who played second base last year, will probably not train this year.
B. L. Cadwalader '98 and G. Langford '97 S., have been transferred from the freshman to the university crew squad. No other changes of note have occurred in rowing circles.
The essays submitted in competition for the Lit. Medal were judged not worthy of the award. The following elections to Chi Delta Theta, of which all Lit. editors are members, are announced: R. S. Baldwin '95, of New York City; W. A. Delano '95, of Philadelphia; and W. A. Moore '95, of Watertown, N. Y.
An instructor in the English department has almost completed the necessary arrangements for a production of Ben Jonson's "Silent Woman" in this city, on some date before April 1. This famous play was given a warm reception in New York recently. It is an exact imitation, regarding costumes, stage settings, theatre manners, etc., of the original presentation in 1609.
THE YALE NEWS.