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reduced to a set of rules to be signed by every applicant, as follows:
Each applicant is required:
1. To pursue the course of study prescribed by the Board and to
remain at the College so long as the Board may require.
2. To agree, while under the patronage of the Board, not to marry,
or enter into pastoral relations with any church, or to form any
business engagement which will conflict with school duties, without
the consent of the Board.
3. To obligate himself to refund, in case he abandons the ministry,
all amounts expended by the Board in educating him.
4. To return promptly at the beginning of each session, it being
understood that an absence of four weeks, without good excuse, shall
subject the offender to dismission.
The Board exercised a general oversight over the beneficiaries
which today would be regarded as strict. At the end of every half-year
term, semester, it had a meeting at which it canvassed the conduct and
standing of all beneficiaries and voted on their retention for the next
term, and all through the year it was ready to mark any misconduct
and to call the beneficiary to account. Only in the rarest instances,
however, did it find anything calling for attention by the Board. In
June, 1883, it considered withholding aid from beneficiaries who
smoked cigars or cigarettes, but after some discussion laid the motion
on the table.33 Once the Board took notice of a report that some of the
ministerial students had misbehaved at the State Fair, for which the
College had given a holiday. Just what the investigation revealed is
Before football was established in public favor and was still a rough
game with many serious accidents, the Board made the
33 'Thirty years later, when the talk against cigarettes was at its height, some of
the denominational leaders in Raleigh were much excited by a report that one of the
ministerial students at the College smoked cigarettes. An investigation showed that
he had been reported by a student not a minister who was seldom seen without a
cigar in his mouth. In 1909 the committee on ministerial education in its report to
the Convention advised that "the churches and the Board discourage the use of
tobacco by ministerial students." The Board, however, never took action on the
Minutes of the Board for October 31, 1883.