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No. 69.

MICHIGAN'S PRESIDENTS. gldly this privilege was taken advan- various -departments, so that better and
tage o. Hundreds of "Co-eds" owe this ntore specialized work may be done; the
adninistration boundless thanks. students in looking over the catalogue
Four eminent men have held the posi- Dr. Frieze was offered the permanent relize and apureciate the efforts being
tion of president of the University of position of president but declined it. made in their behalf.
Michigan. Henry P. Tappan, whose ad- He will ever be remembered for his But we must not think that these
ministration began here in 1852-53, was accurate scholarship, his interest and de- changes have been made suddenly. They
the first to hold this office. He was born votion to all that concerned the Univer- have developed and changed as new
at Rhinebeck on the Hudson. He grad- sity, his originality and his kindly genial ieds have revealed themselves. Thus,
uted from Union College, then one of Christian character. a Hospital. a Dental Department, a
the foremost colleges of the East, and In 1871-72 Dr. Angell accepted the School of Pharmacy have been estab-
later from Auburn Theological Semi- position of President, and during his ad- li. hed. Methods of study and instruc-
nary. He became at George Bancroft's ministration of almost twenty-nine years, tion have been changed. New privileges
suggestion President of the University he has piloted the University safely have been granted the students. The
of Michigan. There were then but 35 through all storms "Elective System." the "Credit Systen,"
instructors in all the departments in con- James Burrill Angell was born in the "Special Course" opened to students
tiast to our 234. Dr. Tappan did away Scituate, R. I., in i82. He entered without examination, the "University
with the dormitory system which had Brown University in 1845 and graduated System," the "Seminary" are among the
been in use before the election of a presi- there with highest honors. After a few improvenents made durin- this adminis-
dent. The scientific and optional cours- years spent in teachig and travel he tiation. In 1879-80 courses in the Sci-
es of study were introduced so that a becamne instructor in Modern Languages ence and Art of Teaching were offered
person might fit himself along other and Literature in that institution. In to benefit those who intended becoming
branches than the Latin, Greek and 1866 he became President of Vermont tiachers.
mathematics of the regular curriculum. University. In 1871-72 at the advice of In the vear 1897-98, President Angell
Under his administration, the Astro- fIiends he accepted the Presidency of was absent again, this time as Minister
nomical Laboratory was established.
Appropriations for the Library and for
tnc Law Department were started.
It was then that University life really
began. There had been little of it under
the former management of the Board of
itegents. Ihe institution seeded a chief
ececutive, and when such a man as Dr.-
'1appan came to hold this position, the
d Hficulties cleared away. He had great-
mentai ability and profound knowledge_
ia every branch of science, art and edu-{
cztion. Although very gracious to alla
ha allowed of no fanuiharity. He was a-
man of great reserve. In this way uis-
understandiigs arose, which became -
tore and more serious until it the year
i8h2-63, to the great dismay and aston-
ishment of his rnany friends, he was re-
quested to resign, and the presidency"
was given to Erastus O. Haven, D.D., ints
Erastus Otis Haven was born it Bos-
ton. He was sent to Wesleyan Univer-
sity, where he received the degree of
Bachelor of Arts. In 1853 he became
Professor of Latin in the University of
Michigan and later was transferred to
the Chair of History and English Litera-
tre. Finally, after holding various oth-
er positions, he accepted the presidency
of the Umiversity.
It was not an easy task which he had
undertaken. Great excitement still pre-
vailed as to the resignation of Dr. Tap-
pan, whom many were still working to
bung back. Financial difficulties also
threatened the institution. For the first
time the legislature was appealed to for
aid. The questions of salaries, fees, of
a hospital and an agricultural college
were discussed at great length. Many
departments needed reorganizing and
expanding. All these things Dr. Haveng
set about quietly to accomplish, and thus
the college instead of "going to pieces,"
as was predicted, rose and flourished in
o wonderful manner.t
In iS68-69 he resigned and accepted
the presidency of the North Westernu
University at Evanston. Ill.,
A committee was now appointed toF
visit the East and seek a man fitted to
hold the important place of president oft
this Un'iersity.
The position was offered to President
James B. Angell of Vermont University, HENRY S. FREzE. E. O. HAVEN.
but hue decined. Meanwhile Professor H P. TAPPANx
Henry S. Frieze assumed the positionH-
pro tempore, for the year 1871-72. He HARRY B. HNTCINSO JAMEs B. ANGELL.
was born i Boston, and was the son of
a Unitarianminssister. He graduated -
from Brown University and later be- the University of Michigan. In 1881 he to Turkey. Harry Burns Hutchins, the
came one of its instructors. In 1854 he was appointed Minister Plenipotentiary Dean of the Law Department, acted as
accepted the position of Professor of to China and President of a Commis- President. On Pres. Angell's return, the
Latin Languages and Literature in the sion of Three sent out for the purpose University was found to be in excellent
University of Michigan, which position 0 making a treaty with the Chinese gov- condition. President Hutchins fully de-
he held until his death. The University cmnment. In 1882 he returned to the served the hearty words of commenda-
was to him a great factor for the in- University. During his absence Dr. tion that were bestowed upon him by all
provement of the whole people, not Frieze had again acted as President. for his careful management of every de-
merely for those attendiug it. It was When Prees. Angell came to the Uni- tail, his skill and sagacity in administer-
to reach out over all the country iunibu- versity, tact, a firm grasp of affairs, a ing affairs.
ing people with a higher and nobler con- broad yet conservative mind were neces- And so we leave the University at the
ception of life. sary and these qualities were soon found eight of its fame, flourishing in every
To bring about unification he estab- to exist i the newly elected president. dipartument, ruled over by one of the
liahed the diploma scheme, which per- Under his wise supervision, all sides and greatest, most acute minds of the times,
mitted students to enter college without factions have been united and made to ne of the most beloved and revered
examination, on diploma from a High work together for the good of the entire ien, whose skill and dionlacy, whose
School where the previous work had institution. The Legislature has come to integrity and nobilit of character, we
been satisfactorily done. feel that we are not trying to procure have all learned to trust implicitly and
During Dr. Frieze's brief administra- money under false pretenses but are us- in whose hands we know the University
tion, an innocent looking resolution tag' ihat they so generously give its of Michigan will go on and on in its tri-
passed the Board of Regents givimg the judiciously and for the best advantage umiphant march, gathering ever new lau-
right to all residents of Michigan to en- of the state and people. The Regents rels and shedding the light of civilization
joy the privileges of the University, pro- are satisfied that the work is being well and culture not only over our own coun-
vided they possessed "the requisite liter- done is every department. The faculty, Ir, a but over foreign lands as well.
ary and moral qualifications." Looking selected with the utmost care, is endeav-
over the campus today, we see how oring to systematize the work in the DoRoTHY STONERAER.

The cavalier poet Waller, like many
another at that time, found himself put
to it sorely by the political exigencies of
th, day. When Cromwell assumed the
protectorate, the poet -rduced a fine
panegyric suitable to the occasion. Yet,
several years later, when Charles re-
stored the monarchy, the same writer
deemed it consistent and prudent to pen
anothe poem in a strain totally differ-
ent.Ch'is he had the temerity to present
to Charles in person. The kng having
perused the effusion, pointed out that the
hates on Cromwell were nuch the better.
Vhereupon the swity poet replied, "May
it please your Majesty, we poets are al-
stays happier m fiction than in truth."
Since Plato, everybody has had ample
reason for being aware that a close con-
sections subsists between poetry and
plilsopta. And from this fact all are
a liberty to draw what conclusions they
severally please in the present case.
Many superficial objections might be
-have been-taken to co-education. We
may condescend upon one or two with
possible profit. It tends to rub the ross
bloom from the blushing cheek of bud-
ding maidenhood. Or, to be even more
precise, I have often done here what I
would never have done at home' as a
college girl 51 fear to suggest the awful
name nco-ed'), said to ie not long since
without a blush, alas ! or as a prominent
M'ichigan egislator put it to me other-
wise, "the girls in Ann Arbor are not so
well groomed as those in Detroit and
Chicago." If they tend to become
"slouchy" by association with the supe-
rior sex who array themselves "to kill"
in sweaters more sarvelous colored than
Joseph's coat, what wonder? Further,
the hat in which one might conceivably
array ones self to promenade Woodward
avenue or Dearborn street is, mayhan.
not the ideal headgear in which to appear
to have lectures and quizzes fired atone's
fce. Once again, and from the mascu-
line side, it might be urged that co-edu-
action tends to bring interesting feni-
nine influence into a man's life, or into
his head, too soon. If a fellow be con-
demned or have the privilege-"you
pays you's money and you takes you's
choice" as to the phraseology you prefer
-to sit beside a girl in the class-room,
to eat with her of the nimble boarding-
house hash; to follow in her train at
baseball and football matches: to cycle
by her side glenward or Ypsilantiward;
to instruct her in the mysteries of fish-
ing or sailing (or other msteries) at
Whitnore; to concoct chocolate fudge,
and all the rest of the fudges in her com-
pany. What, in the end, can he well do
but marr- her? Alas ! poor Yorick! he
doesn't get half a chance ! The Blind
God ever knew proninquity for his most
valuable ally. Absence makes the heart
grow fonder, as the women love to
think.; men know better. Out of sight
and out of mind, it is, and perhaps the
soner the better. And so, in similar
stain, it were easy to proceed with a
full catalogue of the sios that multiply
as the sand upon the seashore round the
fated form of co-education. What good?
The thing has come to abide, nay, it
grow like Pack's fabled beanstalk. Fol-
lwing the Irishman, who was asked,
w hict is the elder, your brother or you,
co education may reply, "he is the older,
but if I live three years longer we shall
bth be of an age' In other words, if
a failure, we must seek the causes deep-
er. As a business, co-education is per-
fectly satisfactory to college presidents.
But this were a poor justification.
While, then, the comuon arguments
pro and con may well be dismissed for
so much piffle, it must not be straight
concluded that no problem exists. On
the mere practical side, that is, as con-
cerns academic arrangements, co-educa-
tion has indeed disappointed its oppo-
nents by onitting to produce the crop of
evils so oft predicted. Nevertheless, the
qustion here set for discussion remains.
And it cannot be answered for a term of
of years because the reply is dependent
upon the consequences which the "high-
er education of women" may work upon
the body politic as a whole. For ex-
ample, no observer can deny that the
personnel of school staffs is being pro-
foundly affected by the opportunities
now afforded to women at the universi-
ties. An obvious problem is gradually
crystallizing. Is it a good thing for edu-

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