Excerpt from The Index, '87, Vol. 17
President Greenough has had much to contend with, has done a great deal for the college, and we believe he has the good of the institution at heart. He needs the earnest cooperation and hearty support of the students in order to advance the standing of the College and secure its best growth and development. We trust that ere long all prejudices and ill-feelings will be cast aside and students and faculty blend together in perfect harmony.
Many criticisms have been cast by friends who are interested in the College, as well as by its enemies, upon the manner in which the College Farm has been managed of late years, and it is true that this Farm is not what it should be, and does not illustrate the principles of scientific agriculture, or gladden the eye by its bounti ful harvests. A change in the condition of the Farm is of vital importance and we urge, among other things, that a system of field instruction be instituted, as we believe that the study of agri culture without the practical work is of very little value. The action of the Trustees in lately making the study of agriculture compulsory, the giving to Dr. Miles the complete control of the Farm, and the setting off of a portion of the New Dormitory for an Agricultural Hall are moves in the right direction.
In addition to his regular duties as Professor of Agriculture, Dr. Miles has given excellent instruction in Biology to the Senior class.
The Chemical Department still maintains its standard, aud the Experiment Station has increased its capacity and corps of assist ants until it is on the sure road to success. The brick Laboratory, now in process of erection, costing some and the increasing of the yearly State appropriation from to are sources of immense profit.
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