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January 28, 1896 - Image 2

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Published Daily (Sanday excepted) during
the College year, at
OnFIclI Times building N. Main st., opposite
post office.
C. D. CARY, Gr. L. J. F. THOMAS, '97.
S. E. KNArEN, '98. G. R. SIs. '99.
W. W. HUoHEs, '98, E. L. GEsmER, '98 L
G. B. HARsON, '96 L.
L. C. WALKER, '96.
L. A. Pratt, '96 G. M. Heath, '96 P.
C. A. Houghton,'96D. G. E. Sherman, 99.
R. C. Buck, '991l. H. B. Gammon, '980.
F. A. Miner '96 H. R. R. Reilly, '99.
R, C. Faulds, '99 M. J. L. Walsh, '98 M.
Susannah Richardson '98
The subscription price of the Daily has
been reduced to 1.50 in advance for the rest
p ithe year. Leave subscriptions at the
Daily office or with P. C. Meyer, U. of Ms
News Stand.
Memlbers of the faculties who are
not regular subscribers to the Daily
are receiving the paper on trial at our
expense for the remainder of the
semester. Those who are convinced
by this tral that the Daily is worth
$1.25 for the second semester will re-
ceive it until comiencement for that
price by notifying us; otherwise tlhe
delivery of the paper will be discolntin-
ued without inconvenience or expense
to them.
We would like to suggest to ,he
Glee and Baujo Club management
that they give their annual concert
on Saturday evening, Fb. 15. As the
concert is now a swell society event,
why not make it snore so by giving
it at at time when so nany fair vis-
itors are with us? And aos it is given
for the benefit of the Athletic Assoria-
tion, the proceeds would undoubtedly
be a great deal larger if it were held
on that evening than on any other.
This plan las been adopted at Yale,
and has proven to be such a success
that it has become a fixture.
The suggestios niacie by the writer
of a communicattion in yesterday's
Daily, urging a reform in the present
system of conducting examinations,
should receive the endorsement of
every fair-minded student in the Uni-
versity. The honor system has been
adopted in a majority of the northern
colleges and universiiies, and il near-
ly every instance it has proved to be
the most practical method. Why
should it not be in force at Micligani?
In one department it has been an-
nounced that the examinations are to
be conducted on stricter lines here-
after, but this will be doe by means
of the old spy system, which does not
by any means tend to induce fairness
and honesty on the part of the student.
If we are to have the honor system
here its adoption must come through a
movement on the part of the student
body in order to assure its permanent

establishment, and this action should
be taken before the examinations be-
gin at the close of this semester.
A recent number of the Daily rince-
tolian gives the following account of
the origin and spread of the honor sys-
tern of conductiing examinations, a sys-
themw wiih ich ieignl might adopt
with profit:
This system was adopted at Prince-
ton in the mid-year examinations three
years ago h-len the present seniors
were freshmen. There was no costi-
Wition nor court to try cases of viola-
tion of the pledge; i fact, no provision
whatever was made for such viola-
tions, and the faculty, in granting the
request of the students in this matter
left entirely in their hands the solu-
tion of this difficulty, should it arise.
The undergraduates realized the re-
sponsibility thrown upon them, aOio
their hearty co-operation has brought
the system to its present success here.
Last year it was thought best to pro-
vide for a peranent court to try of-
fenses, and to adopt a constitution and
method of procedure. This was based
on the experience of the two previous
years when the methods were rather
irregular though none the less efica-
cious. The plan adopted last year has
worked successfully, and now- ids fair
to be adopted at most of the Eastern
We quote several paragraphs from
an article written for the Yale News
on this subject by Prof. Win. Beebe
of that institution.
"Here and there we find some
mouldy, disreputable custom, propped
up by tradition and imposing itself on
a credulous community which ought to
see that it is really dead and offensive-
ly in need of burial. 'he most un-
savory of these anomalies is the easy
tolerance still given to the opinion that
a student may habitually lie without
detiment to his honor, provided he lie
only in recitations or examinations."
"A majority of northern colleges
now have the ihonor system. In some
it is a failure, though probably not so
great a failure as the system which is
supplanted. The failures it is safe to
sy, are those where it has been set
on foot by the faculty and not by tihe
students. Most of the readers of the
News must have seen accounts of the
system at Princeton, and many may
feel some doubt of the completeness of
the success that is claimed for it. Any-
one can easily obtain substantial
proofs to show that the statements
given to the press have not been exag-
gerated." * * *
"The attempt to be of any use must
be made by the students themselves
and cannot be made too soon. We who
are proud of being among the fore-
most in many things, are behind in
The News in the same issue says
It is for the students, with faculty

co-operation, to administer the death- may sit about in groups at the exam-
blow to cribbing at Yale. We are and inations there, smoking and chatting
have been for some time convinced freely, they seem in geleral to act
that the honor systen or something with perfect honesty. They have such
similar to it should be established a contempt for breach of faith in this
here. We are in the midst of examin- particular as even to drive any offend-
ations when we can all see tie evils er out of college almost by persecu-
of the present system. In fact on sev- tion. Though, however, we must ad-

eral occasions in the last few days we
have felt that sone men are hardly
to blame siho justify themselves for
occasional cheating when they are
surrounded by professors, tutors and
instructors, who watch them as
though they were habitual deceivers.
No, the spy idea is all wrong. It
is only human nature for a man to do
whit is right if he is trusted, and to
do wrong if hemmed in by all sorts of
restraints, detectives, etc."
At Harvard, the situation is differ-
ent. The following is from the Crihu-
son: "The question as to whether it
is advisable to have proctors in the ex-
amination room was taken up by the
faculty about tvo months ago and a
committee, of which Professor Shaler
was the chairman, was formed to find
out the general feeling of the students
on that subject. Since then several
steps have been taken. Professor
Wendell gave it out as a subject for
themes and over three hundred were
read, of which only two per cent. op-
posed the present system. The Prince
ton system by which nien are put
on their honor and sign a pledge w-as
spoken of, but the serious objection
is that men are apt to be noisy after
they have finished and so disturb the
A recent issue of the iarvard
MoInthly has the following: "At
Princeton the system has been so long
efficacious as to have become pretty
firmly established. Although men

mire the manly spirit which these
facts show, and though we may wish
to see it shown in the sane way at
Harvard, yet we must realize that the
conditions at Princeton are distinctly
favorable and the. conditions of life
at Harvard quite as distinctly unfav-
orable to the experiment. The whole
thing depends upon the strength and
activity of public opinion; and one
may say, perhaps, that at Harv'ard
there is no public opinion, and cer-
tainly that here whatever unanimity
of feeling there may be never pro-
duces unanimity of action, We live
here quietly, almost in seclusion, se-
don ineeting in a body and never mix-
ing when we do meet; our courses
separate rather than unite us; and
each one -of us demands entire inde-
pendence both in his opinions and his
actions. Obviously these conditions
of our life prevent the development
of a college, feeling sufficiently wide-
spread and sufliciently vigorous to
suppress all cheating at examinations.
At Princeton, however, a strong and
active unity of feeling is possible, for
the classes are comparatively small,
constantly together and interested in
certain generally prescribed classes of
work. Here, then, one finds the main
reasons for a success ,it Princeton
which one cannot expect at Harvard-
nsmaller numbers, freedom of inter-
communication and some community
of interests."
(Continued on fourth page.)

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ment this year. Subscribers who leave immediately after
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tution and happenings in the college world.
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1896) for $1.50. Leave your subscription at the Daily office,
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