Excerpt from Brown Alumni Monthly, Vol. 10: June, 1909 to May, 1910
In another respect this lack Of exter mals is Shown in the absence Of all com petition. The German university atmos phere is one Of leisure. Our students are confronted by the keenest kind of competition from before the time they enter the university till the day of grad nation. All this is absent in the German university. NO entrance examinations, no prizes, scholarships, fellowships, no athletics, no debating societies, no col lege paper, no absence reports, no tests, examinations or marks (the only record Of the students' work is the signature Of the professor in the Anmeldebuech in the possession of each student), no sum mons from the clean or president - at least ordinarily. The only factor that enlivens this simplicity, - monotony we should think - is the fraternity student with his bright cap and ribbon, his beer stein and duels. These latter, however, so far from being ostentatious public ath letic spectacles, are closely guarded, Often even secret, being unlawful, but connived at by the authorities and the police.
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