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"The handicap under which former Yale hockey teams have had to labor because of the lack of an artificial ice rink on which to hold practice will soon be removed by the completion of a large rink now under process of construction in New Haven. The construction work is being done by the Judd Engineering Company of Boston for George G. and W. G. Powning, of this city. When this work is completed, New Haven will have the only artificial ice skating rink of its kind between New York and Boston and one of the largest artificial ice manufacturing plants in New England. The centre-freeze system will be used, insuring a manufacturing capacity of 100 tons in five hours. The rink itself will have a surface of 200x185 feet, having rest-rooms, baths and locker rooms adjoining.
"No longer will the hockey team be compelled to travel to New York for practice nor will the hockey management be compelled to cancel so many games as a mild winter necessitates." --(Yale News).
New System at Princeton.
President John Grier Hibben in his speech Thursday afternoon opening the work of the 167th year of Princeton University said that some marked changes would be made this year in the undergraduate courses of study, the aim being to help the man who is anxious to study and put him on a higher plane than the man who lacks ambition.
The change in the undergraduate course of study, while of particular interest to Princeton, at the same time has a very wide significance. Only third and fourth year students in the university will be affected. If in the first and second years the student has attained a rank known as "general average excellence" in the junior and senior years he will be permitted to enroll as a candidate for "final special honors." Such student may elect a department in which he wishes to specialize, and then may reduce the number of his studies from five, the number required of the average student to four. In many departments the new system carries with it exemption from examination until the end of senior year. The extra hours, made possible by the reduction of the number of required recitations, the student may use in doing independent research work.
President Hibben said:
"It is a reasonable expectation concerning you that you should throughout your university course show yourself capable of doing work of more than average excellence. In order to emphasize this expectation and at the same time to encourage our students to attempt something worthy of them and of the university we have established a new system of honor courses to go into operation at the beginning of this academic year. These courses are given in every department of the university and have been conceived with the purpose of affording our students an opportunity of working along lines in which they are particularly interested and can acquit themselves with credit and possible distinction.
"With the opening before them of a new opportunity such as this, we feel that the time has come when our students must recognize the fast that they are expected to do something more than escape conditions. We wish to draw the line clearly and sharply between the group of merely pass men and honor men. No one can be said to do his work well when it is possible for him to do it better. Any positive degree of excellence is always challenged by the possibility of some superlative.
"Owing to a more earnest desire on the part of our undergraduates to rise above mediocre and average attainment, we are confident that the result will show not merely a higher group mark in examinations, but also a greater independence of judgment, a more critical discrimination, a more profound sense of values, and the acquisition of more systematic and sustained habits of thought. With such training our men will be better prepared to meet the serious responsibilities of life and will prove of greater service to their day and generation." --(The Transcript).
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