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The fact is, however, that it was only the rare member of the
faculty, some two or three at most, who was not a regular attendant on
chapel and church services. These two or three soon proved in other
ways that they were out of touch with the institution and remained
with it only a short time. During the entire period of President
Taylor's administration the chapel service on all days except Sunday
was a distinguished feature of the college life. It was the first exercise
after breakfast, usually about eight o'clock in the morning. For the
students, attendance was required. The place was the Small Chapel on
the central portion of the ground floor of Wingate Memorial Hall,
which, however, began to be too narrow for the 313 students who as-
sembled there in the last year of this administration. The members of
the faculty also were nearly all present, seated on the platform facing
the students, having come in by the side door which opened from a
recitation room to the north. There each had regular seats while the
President sat in the center. At the tap of the bell every student was
expected to be in his assigned seat ready to answer to his name when
called by the Keeper-of-the-Roll. After the call of roll there was a
song, and then the President or some other member of the faculty read
from the Scriptures, and perhaps made some comment, and offered
prayer. Then the President made announcements and read the list of
delinquents, and dismissed the meeting. All testimony concurs as to
the value and influence of these daily chapel services. They developed
unity among the students by bringing them together day by day. This
mingling with one another was also favorable
that the increase in the number of students calls for great watchfulness on the part of
each member of the faculty over the morals of the students, and we commend to
them in the most earnest terms our desire that every regard be paid to those
influences and services that shall tend to promote piety and Christianity, and among
them we reckon as important attendance by both faculty and students on the daily
morning prayers and divine services on Sunday. The Secretary will send a copy of
this to each member of the faculty. Adopted." Again, at their meeting in June 1890,
a resolution offered by Mr. W. H. Pace calls attention to the fact that the above
resolution has been in a great measure disregarded, and again urges the members of
the faculty to attend on religious services and use their influence to get the students
to do the same.
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