OPENING OF THE COLLEGE YEAR
The ninety-eighth year of the college opened officially on Tuesday, September
19, 1911, although the registration of students did not occur until the morning
of September 21. In late years the day of registration has come to be the big
day of the college year. The enlarged enrollment in the college has made
necessary a number of important changes in the work of registering the
students, but even with these new rules to govern the newer conditions it has
required practically the entire forenoon to get the work satisfactorily done.
The members of the Women's Division are registered in the afternoon of the same
day. And the day has become big, too, by reason of the interest taken in it by
alumni, college students, and friends of the institution. Speculation is rife
concerning the number of new men to be added to the college Faculty and the
number of new students who are to offer themselves for registration. With
respect to these two speculations the present year was certainly no
Of the Faculty men not returning were Professor Francis J. Holder, Ph. D., who for the previous two years had been at the head of the department of mathematics, and who has now left to accept a position in a western college; Professor Gilbert Tolman, head of the Physics department, who has left to accept a business position; Frank 0. Dean,'10 for the past two years an Instructor in the department of English, who has left to take up the study of law; David M. Young, A. M., Instructor in the department of Chemistry, who has left to take up advance work in the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Morris E. Spear, A. M., for one year Instructor in English. Of the new men elected to fill positions on the Faculty made vacant by resignations, mention is made elsewhere in this number of the Alumnus.
The opening year has found nearly all the upper classmen returning as well as a number of men who had been out of college for a year or more earning money with which to complete their course. It is rather significant of the steady growth of the college to note that the loss to classes of men who have felt obliged to leave for one reason and another is much smaller this year than for a number of years preceding. This fact, coupled with that of a large entering class, has tended to overcrowd the classrooms and make imperative larger accommodations in the future.
The number of men who entered Colby in September for the first time numbered 106; the number of women, 45, making a total of 155. Allowing for a number of men who were dropped from the college lists soon after their registration in 1910, the class that entered in September last is as large as its predecessor of the year previous. The class entering in 1909 numbered 120. It would seem, therefore, to be fairly argued that Colby may expect an annual gift of about 150 students; that is, the figures of three consecutive years are open to this interpretation if the same wise policy of administration is continued and the alumni remain true to the loyalty which the college seeks to implant in all those who come within the pale of its good influence.
The total enrollment of the college given by classes and Divisions, is as follows:
On Friday evening, September 23, the members of the entering class of the Men's
Division were given an informal reception in Memorial Hall by the Young Men's
Christian Association. The affair was largely attended by Faculty and student
body and served to introduce the incoming class to the rest of the college men.
This social affair coupled with the usual activity of the several Greek letter
societies, has served to start the college year upon its round of work and
pleasures in a most satisfactory way. Scarcely a week had passed by before the
score of student organizations were holding meetings and making extensive plans
for the work of the year.
The college year has opened most auspiciously. Men long in touch with the interests of the college fail to remember a time when there was a stronger or more optimistic college spirit. It is typical of the new Colby of which we are now hearing so much.
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