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cap," which in some years were sold to them at high prices, and were
ridiculously small, and many of them rebelled against the regulations
restricting the freedom of their movements, under which they were
required to keep to their rooms on most nights of the week, which
they violated only at the risk of having their hair cut or suffering other
light forms of hazing. Many parents also as well as many students
regarded such prescriptions of attire and restrictions of liberty as
"mass hazing" done under the sanction of the College and even more
objectionable than that done by hoodlums. The dissatisfaction was so
great that in a few years these objectionable features of the student
government system were abandoned, and with good results.
In the discussion of the chapel services something has been said of
the work of the deans in them, to which the reader is referred.
In general the office of dean has proved invaluable in the ad-
ministration of the College. Through it a constant check is possible on
the work and conduct of every student. With the cooperation of the
registrar's office periodic reports from the faculty on the work of
every class regularly come to the dean's office and delinquents are
summoned and warned, and at any time a member of the faculty who
finds a student doing unsatisfactory work or learns of serious
misconduct on his part seeks the dean's help often with good results.
There is one tendency which is manifest and which has to be guarded
against, and this is the centralization of all responsibility for the
government of the students in the office of the dean. It is natural for a
member of the faculty to reason that the dean appointed for the
purpose should look after these things and leave him free for his other
concerns. Thus many problems that once were considered and
disposed of in faculty meetings go no further than the dean's office
and many members of the faculty know nothing about them.
However, there is a rather large executive committee, of which the
dean is a member to which more serious matters are referred, and any
matter may be brought before the faculty for review.