Just at this time when the senior and junior forensics and a sophomore theme are due, hour examinations are "sprung" in maddening profusion. Some unfortunate men, besides having a forensic and four hour examinations, have also a special report. We cannot see what can be gained by such a state of affairs; on the contrary, there is much that is of the greatest hindrance to a man. No one, when so driven, can do himself justice on anything, and the strain of the mid-years is practically repeated without the chance of freedom from other college duties. If hour examinations must continue a feature of our college, let them come systematically, let there be some agreement between instructors, so that men will not have to neglect shamefully the work of one course in order to pass creditably an hour's test in another, or worse still, fail to do themselves justice in any of their courses. The crowding of these examinations utterly without plan into the last three days of the term, in addition to the extra work at this time, is one of the worst abuses of our examination system, and one of the greatest onemies to regular and conscientious work.
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