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also found it necessary to require that its beneficiaries should take
such studies as would best fit them for the ministry, for while
ministerial students at the College no less than others delivered
orations on such subjects as "No Royal Road to Knowledge," and "Ad
Astra per Aspera," they were ready to choose the easier and more
popular subjects. In later years, when the rule that beneficiaries must
take certain approved subjects was neglected, courses in the School of
Law became very attractive to them, and several of them took the
degree of Bachelor of Laws, and left college knowing more about the
Law than about the Gospel. Some of them even became licensed
lawyers, not having wasted their strength by four years of tiptoeing at
Latin and Greek. In this situation the Board voted to withdraw aid
from every beneficiary applying for license to practice law.38 Already
in 1909 the revised curriculum offered a group of studies leading to
the degree of Bachelor of Arts, specially designed for students with
the ministry in view, which has been retained essentially in all
changes in the curriculum and has checked though not entirely
removed the evil. In general, however, the ministerial alumni compare
favorably in scholarship on leaving college and in attainments in their
life-work with any other group.
In the rules which the beneficiary was expected to sign was one
pledging him not to marry while he was under the patronage of the
Board. The married student has always been a problem, for some
applicants are already married.39 In the early years the married
applicant often had little preparation, and as his wife was even more
poorly educated than he, they were well mated. But at college he was
educated away from her, and it sometimes happened that his
education mismated the couple, the wife becoming a drudge. There
were sad instances of such in the minds of the Board in 1897. In later
years, however, both husband and wife were usually graduates from
high school and the wife was able to advance in culture even though
she no longer attended
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38
Minutes for Jan. 20, 1909.
39 On June 4, 1897, the Board showed its impatience by voting not to receive
married men, but four years later rescinded its
action.
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