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MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES,Dec.11,1906 Page 118(cont'd) whom are disposed to be idle, afford facilities for combinatiaa to disturb the peace and to ctmmitt excesses such as occurred on Halloween. All this seriously interferes with the work of those who desire to make an economic use of their time. The un- fortunate exemption by the Board some years ago of Seniors from drill has had a demoralizing effect. They claim exemption from military formation to march to chapel, from roll-call and other duties hitherto required. These were conceded by Captain By- rode, the predecessor of the present commandent, and were followed by other concessions which gives them the impression that they are not amenable to control as other students are. Oftentimes till late at night, especially on Fridays and Saturday, yelling and discharging of fire-arms make night hideous. These excesses, accompanied by broken glass and furniture, betray the disposition to disorder which culminates in occurrences such as Halloween. When an officer of the College, attracted by the noise, appears lipon the scene, all hurriedly get into their rooms, lights are extinguished and it becomes impossible to discover the disturbers of the peace. The majority of the occupants want to demean them- selves, with propriety and to employ their time to advantage, but they cannot control the lawless element and will not inform upon the offenders. The only effective remedy for this is to abolish the dormitory system, root and branch. Page 119 Nearness to an occurrence is sometimes not conducive to a proper estimate of its proportions and of its relations. For this reason one is likey to over-estimate or under estimate its im- portance. 'Distant in time and in place supplies the necessary correctives. Yet I think that it must be admitted that there are conditions existing in the State College now with which we were not confronted in the earlier years of its history. Courses of study have become more crowded, while the time available for their mastery has from the various preoccupations and distractions from study sensibly diminished. Indoor and outdoor athletics, foot- ball, base-ball, Greek letter fraternities, holidays, dances, banquet and other minor affairs make heavy drafts upon both time and money. The Board of Trustees should look into these matters. The Faculty seldom came into touch with the Board and oftentimes have need of their advice and counsel. They should through a committee of the whole Board or throughc a select committee give the college the necessary time to look into its affairs, see its departments in operation, note their growth and their necessities, discipline class organization and management, note deficiencies, encourage, reprove admonish, where encouragement, reproof and admonition are needed. A Board of Trustees cannot in two days' session twice each year know much about the College in operation. Exparte state- ments oftentimes require to be discounted. But to see is to know. Captain Mahan has shown that there is all the difference in the