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Part of Minutes of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRTJSTEES,Dec.ll,1906 Page 116(oont'd) body of State College have showedc. a most lamentable disregard for law and order and the rights of persons and property and the stories of these occurrences on Halloween Night reflect no credit upon the college or upon the young, men and boys who are to obtain an education at the exoense of the State.' To one matter particular I desire to call your attention viz- the indignity to which the persons arrested were subjected in being sent to the workhouse like common felons, untried by the courts and uncondemned. The local press was of course PAGE 117 full of proceedings the next morning, greatly exaggerated. These rere cooied broadcast by the press of the State and brought grief, apprehension and. distress to many homes. one of the temptation to which our students are exposed and which we cannot control is the saloons in the neighborhood of the college grounds. I suggest that the Board of Trustees pass a. resolution requesting the municipal authorities to refuse license to any saloon within two sauares of the College grounds. The Faculty of course felt very deeply the discredit attaching to the riotous proceedings of Halloween. They cited the persons arrested by the police investigated the affair and suspended two of them indefinitely. But they do not feel that they are justly amendable to the censure of the Grand Jury. We did what we could by admonition and advice to persuade the students to demean them- selves as gentlemen and not to allow fun and frolic to run into riot and disorder. We cannot ounish in advance. We cannot assume guilt, punish firstand investigate afterwards. If the Grand Jury with all the machinery provided by law, secret inquisition, the power to administer an oath and to send recalcitrant persons to prison, cannot discover the perpet-rators of evil doing, how can the faculty be expected, with none of these adventitions aids, who discover who the mischief makers are? We cannot designate them in advance, we can punish them only upon adequate proof for conviction, and this proof *is often impossible to obtain. The reflection upon the Faculty by the Grand Jury seems the more unjust and the more unaccountable when following immediate- ly uT)non- the distinct statement that "it became apparent to the Grand Jury that there was no preconceived plan to do any of those things that were done by the students upon that night. We are satisfied that in its inception the gathering of the students was Without any plan for any violence or illegal act." One of the contributory causes which encourage disorder and riotous behaviour is the existence of the dormitories on the col- lege grounds. The aggregation of large numbers of students domi- ciled upon the College -rounds, an annreciable percentage of