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THE Yale papers give some interesting statistics this week. The numbers of the graduating classes for the last six years are as follows:-
Class of '70, 113 Class of '73, 113
Class of '71, 103 Class of '73, 117
Class of '72, 126 Class of '75, 95
These figures refer only to the Academical Department.
A preliminary catalogue just issued shows that the number of students now at Yale is nine hundred and fifty-eight, not including the students of the Art and Medical Departments. The Sophomore Class, which numbers one hundred and fifty-one, is the largest. The Scientific School has one hundred and ninety six students, a decrease of fifty from the number given in last year's catalogue. It is hoped that the admission of conditioned Freshmen will materially increase these figures.
The Faculty of the Yale Law School have introduced the marking system. The Courant speaks of the present privileges of Harvard Seniors, and regrets the indefinite postponement at Yale of "the experiment of appealing to the students' independence and exciting their enthusiasm for intellectual pursuits for their own sakes."
In the Record we find the following bit of news: "Novel methods of hazing at Harvard. One is to make a Freshman crawl on his hands and knees over three hundred and twenty flagging-stones, and mark each one with chalk." The exchange column of the Record is somewhat scurrilous.
IN reply to the extremely sensible article in the Yale Courant, quoted at length in our last issue, the Cornell Era has printed a column of school-boy rant, which goes far to prove that the muscles of the Cornell students have been developed at the expense of their intellectual powers.
The Era tells us, too, that the robbing of orchards is a favorite amusement at Ithaca.
Cornell has 184 new students this term, of whom sixteen are "ladies." The whole number of students in the University is 465, - 428 "gentlemen," and 37 "ladies." A notion of the influences which are brought to bear on the ladies in question may be gathered from a long article in the Review, in which a lecture, recently delivered at Ithaca by Mr. Theodore Tilton, is reviewed and praised in a style that seems to have been inspired by the lecturer himself.
THE new building at Trinity is progressing rapidly, according to the Tablet. The same sheet says that the Freshman and Sophomore classes "rushed" a short time since, the rush resulting in a tie.
The Tablet is strictly orthodox. By way of poetry it publishes a commonplace translation of Stabat Mater, to which it gives the following preface: "It is scarcely necessary to state that this beautiful hymn of Benedictus is here translated in deference to its poetical merits and not to its doctrines."
THE Amherst Student says that the finances of the various college organizations there are in a deplorable condition. Large sums of money appear to have been subscribed, but when the time for payment came, the subscribers were unable to keep their promises. The Student very sensibly requests that no one subscribe more than he is able to pay, and that payment be made as soon as possible.
A poem in the same paper is pleasing as indicating the spread of civilization in Western Massachusetts. It is a drinking-song, beginning
"Fill high with wine! Old Time's a fraud."
The Amherst papers have usually appeared to consider Lyceum lectures the only legitimate form of pleasure. This poem appears to be the first dawn of a coming day of jollity.
TWO or three articles in the Bowdoin Orient indicate that hazing is by no means unknown in Brunswick. One humorous description of an unsuspicious Freshman walking under a Sophomore's window, and being deluged with water from above, is particularly noticeable. For the last few years the tone of American college feeling on this matter has been very healthy, and it is not agreeable to perceive, in the organ of a New England college, indications of a change for the worse. In a brand-new Western institution, where boorish boys and silly school-girls are huddled together, very much as their copper-colored predecessors used to be huddled in their wigwams, such a thing might be pardonable. But in a college as old, as honored, and as Eastern as Bowdoin, the sense of the dignity of the name which Alma Mater gives them should restrain the students who are inclined to indulge in such unseemly amusements.
PRINCETON, according to the Nassau Lit., still indulged in "cane sprees," which appear to be rough-and-tumble fights between the Sophomore and Freshman classes.
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