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cautious pronouncement that it was not its pleasure that its
beneficiaries take part in match games. This was modified at the
opening of the baseball season so as not to apply to games already
scheduled, and was soon
forgotten.35
It was not what was expected
when some ministerial students left revival meetings in progress at the
College to see shows in Raleigh and Henderson, and the Board took
note of it at their meeting on December 3, 1910, in a resolution
expressing their regret. At this period there was much levity among
college students in general, and complaint had already arisen of the
unbecoming conduct of a few ministerial
students,36
and though
stricter oversight was attempted, and a threat was made to withdraw
aid from the unworthy, some continued to manifest a spirit of
irreverence and worldliness. It was not stopped until the ministerial
students themselves took the matter in hand and checked the evil. In a
communication to the Board, found in the minutes of April 22, 1904,
they declared that those who were proving unworthy were very few
and that even of these the shortcomings were most often indicative of
thoughtlessness rather than of deliberate wrong-doing. They men-
tioned several forms of misconduct, common among students into
which the minister was often entrapped before he knew it. (1) card-
playing and schemes of chance; (2) acting unfairly on examinations
and tests; (3) hazing; (4) profanity and smutty jokes; (5) studying on
Sunday; (6) failure to attend promptly to financial obligations: (7) use
of cigarettes or dope; (8) joining fraternities at Wake Forest. All who
know the fact would join the students who made the communication
in saving that such vices were much less common among ministerial
students than others. Though the beneficiaries had the common
frailties of their age, in general they lived correct moral lives, and left
college with the respect of their fellow students.
Another matter which the Board felt was its responsibility was the
scholarship of the beneficiaries. In early years, when academies and
high schools were few in North Carolina and op-
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35
Minutes for October 20, 1892, and April 11, 1893.
36 Minutes for June,
1909.
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