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of much dissatisfaction among them and had bred a spirit of
resentment and
disorderliness.1
To this President Taylor refers in his
report to the Trustees in June, 1885, and he remarks on the
improvement that has come from the assertion of the right of the
faculty to require obedience to the laws of the College. In his annual
report to the Board in June, 1885: "During the fall term two young
men were required to leave college on account of intoxication. With
these exceptions, he said, the gentlemen under our care have generally
seconded our efforts to maintain the supremacy of law. The morale of
the College has improved during the last year. This is, in my
judgment, not so much due to the efficiency of the present
administration as to reassertion, during the last summer, of the
determination of the faculty that the laws of the Institution should be
obeyed. I submit herewith a copy of the regulations of the College,
which have recently been revised and shortened. The only pledge now
required of a student at his matriculation is that he shall conform to
them." On returning to College the next September the members of
the fraternity were given the option of surrendering their charter, and
signing a pledge of obedience to the regulation or of withdrawing. It
was in the spring of 1890 that the presence of a fraternity again began
to cause serious trouble at the College.
In many of his annual reports President Taylor was able to say to
the Trustees that there had been no serious cases of discipline to mar
the course of the College, but sometimes it was otherwise. A student
and groups of students engaged in ungentlemanly or disorderly
conduct at their peril. It was not the plan of President Taylor to let
such conduct go unpunished. Discipline was exercised with stern
impartiality. In the first years of President Taylor's administration
several sons of influential Baptists had been dismissed from college
because of intoxication or failure to improve their time. In the fall of
1889 a group of students engaged in shameful rowdiness in a
neighboring town, helping themselves rather freely to some liquors,
which
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1
The minutes of the faculty for the year 1883 well justify this
statement.
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