The Prospect Union's schedule of classes will begin next Tuesday, October 16, but a full quota of teachers has not yet been enrolled. In all, 30 teachers as an absolute minimum are needed, and only 20 have volunteered. The directors are especially in need of men to teach elementary English grammar and composition. All men who are interested in this or any other form of teaching may report at Phillips Brooks House or to R. H. Kettrick '20, the Educational Director of the Prospect Union.
The Union is an educational and social club situated at 744 Massachusetts Avenue, Central Square. In the past years it has been conducted by teachers and students from the University, and also by wage-earners themselves. This year, a few members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology will assist, but the bulk of the work will still be carried on by students from the University.
Its object is to extend to workingmen opportunities for elementary, technical, commercial, and higher education, through afternoon and evening classes and lectures; and to bring into mutually helpful contact, workingmen, students, and teachers. To this end, courses are offered in primary, intermediate, grammer, academic, and in some cases, college grades.
These classes include reading, spelling, grammar, composition, arithmetic, geometry, trigonometry, business English, business arithmetic, geography, penmanship, book-keeping, mechanical and freehand drawing, physics, electricity, and chemistry; shorthand and civil law and civics; French, German, Latin, and Greek; English literature, debating, public speaking, and argumentation; botany; singing; mandolin, piano and cornet; violin and harmony in connection with the orchestra. There will also be a special department in civil service that will fit students for all grades and classes of public service.
If a demand arises for any other subjects, they will be provided. On the other hand, it is very likely that if some member of the University feels especially capable of teaching some subject not included in the above list, it is very probable that his subject can be introduced to advantage.
The classes meet once a week as a rule, though some meet two or three times and for the whole evening. However, it will practically never be necessary for a volunteer to conduct his class more than once a week. Substitutes will be provided for extra meetings of classes.
In addition to these courses which are intended to teach men subjects beneficial to them in their trade or business, there are classes in stammering and classes in reading to blind men. Of course, the former must be conducted by a specialist, but the latter opens an opportunity for social service to everyone in the University.
The Prospect Union is not only an educational institution, but it is a large and active men's club as well. There are a number of class-rooms and meeting rooms, a large hall for lectures and dancing, and excellent shower-bath facilities. Tournaments in pool, billiards, checkers, chess, and various games of cards are held during the fall and winter. Concerts are given by various entertainment troupes during the year.
Teams of various sorts are organized. In addition to the baseball team that has been in existence several years, football and basket-ball teams will be made up. There is also a boxing class and a gymnastic club.
In 1915-16 there were 60 or more classes taught by 50 members of the University. Each year, however, a larger number is needed both to teach and to assist in the other activities.