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been active Euzelians, while Owen was an honorary member. From
July, 1853, to June, 1854, the Philomathesians had no representative
at all on the faculty, and for the remainder of the year 1854 nothing
more than a tutor. In June, 1855, the Trustees had elected Simmons, a
Philomathesian, but this did not satisfy the young men of his Society
since it left the odds against them on the faculty three to one. It was
easy for them to believe that there was a direct relation between this
unequal faculty representation and their failure to get new members,
and they got in a very ugly temper about it. Some left the College,
while others were filled with a spirit of resentment and
insubordination that caused them to lose their interest in the
institution, neglect their work, and openly violate the College
regulations in such a way as to bring about their expulsion. It was
anything but a healthy condition. This led the Society to address the
Board of Trustees at their meeting in June, 1856, in a set of
resolutions setting forth the grievances just mentioned, which is
important enough to be inserted here in full:
Phi. Hall, June 10th. To the Honorable Board of Trustees of Wake Forest
College. Whereas the Philomathesian Society from the fall of 1853 to June, 1854,
had no representative whatever in the Faculty, and from that period to January,
1855, was represented by a Tutor only, and from that period to the present has not
had an equal representation with the Euzelian Society; and whereas this unequal
representation has had an unfavorable bearing on its prosperity not only by the
silent and indirect influence which the Faculty necessarily exert but also by the
dissatisfaction engendered in its members, resulting in their untimely departure, thus
diminishing its members and retarding the progress of the College; and whereas the
unequal representation has the tendency to cause many of its members to distrust
the fairness and impartiality of the Faculty in regard to discipline and awarding
distinctions, and this mistrust, whether well grounded or not is also a further cause
of dissatisfaction, with the attendant evils before mentioned, and with the additional
one of causing its members to treat the Faculty with disrespect, thus creating many
cases of discipline among its members and thereby injuring its reputation and
diminishing its numbers; and whereas this want of equal representation with its
resulting evils seems to have escaped the observation of the Board of Trustees:
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