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their resignation, one or more of whom afterwards sought rein-
statement which was denied. Sometimes one who had been a member
of one Society sought membership in the other, forgetting that the
Constitution forbade this. After a short time, however, all the initiated
were aware of the seriousness of the obligations they assumed and
generally abided by them with cheerfulness and loyalty. Those few
who did not soon found that the Societies had and could exercise the
power of expulsion if any member acted in contempt of their
regulations or did not conduct himself as a gentleman, or violated a
statute of the criminal law.3
The societies embracing all the students could take care of some
matters pertaining to the welfare of the College that are usually the
responsibility of the faculty. Among these was the care of the
dormitories, but it was late in this period before the Societies took full
charge. That they might better effect this the faculty had sought to
have them take each one end of the College Building, but as the
Euzelians declined the arrangement, it was not adopted at this time.4
The Societies, however, were already punishing some of the grosser
abuses of sanitary laws, and by joint resolution, in September, 1859,
passed regulations that forbade even the throwing of an apple peel
from the windows of the dormitories. There were many murmurs of
dissatisfaction at first but soon this became one of the most rigidly
enforced of all the Society laws.
None of the Society regulations was made a burden, however, on
the free and youthful ardor of the young men. Society meetings were
important, but our young men were ready to adjourn to attend
3 In May, 1836, the Philomathesian Society expelled two members for un-
gentlemanly conduct, which led to some resignations; later it expelled a member on
the charge of stealing. Euzelian Society also found it necessary to exercise its power
to expel on more than one occasion, in June, 1853, expelling one for "disrespect of
the Society." In September, 1836, J. H. Brooks, W. T. Brooks, and J. L. Prichard, a
Committee "to draw up a code of laws for the moral government of the society,"
reported advising first a fine, and on the persistence in the offence, expulsion for
"any member who shall play at any game of cards," or who "shall be guilty of
uncleanness" (sexual immorality). After a few years these laws, proving either
unnecessary or inoperative, were repealed.
4 Eu. Records, May 1858.
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