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    F. E. J I lEl.l., J. B. PIEI{CE,

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    Through the efforts of the Classes of '75 and '76, the ECCENTRIC has hecome so essential a feature of our college life, that we deem it supernuous no\\' to enlarge upon its scope and character.

    As we all knoll', it Il'as first originated 11.1' '75. and to them is due all honor and glory. l'nder the fatherly protection of '76, ho\\'-el'er, it became, as OUf worthy Professor of Engineering would say, "a practical and rommerci~11 stll'Cess," Its popularity has heen steadily increasing, and \I'e doubt if el'Cn the Professors would con-sider a student's college course complete, unless he has re:1d at least four ECl'F:NTRICS, ancl heen the editor of one, The decimated ranks of'77 have no\\' to bear-\\'e hope lI'orthily-the burden left to them as a legacy hy , 76, and lI'e wish all, as they read these pages, to consider that since i'X lIilli/o, /II/Ill fit. we are excusable for all bac! English, had spelling, und dergleichen, lI'hich Professor K.rach says is good German,

    IVe cannot say as yet, hOll'ever, that the Faculty sho\\' that respect for the ECCE:-ITRIC \\'hich 11'(; think its suggestions deserve. The nuisances spoken of in last year's issue, have in no way abated, but, in fact, have been on the increase, with the exception that the "Announcement" has at last kindly consented to )Jut the students on almost an equal footing lI'ith the instruments of Saleron, the Torsion machine of Prof. Thurston, and the workshop of Messrs, Wale & Co. The 5 o'clock humbug still forces a number of youths


    hent on the j>msuit of science, to leale the College, thus enabling the janitor-a ncry worthy man-to take his" old ann chaiL" If the Fandty would only con,icler this, IIe are surc that they would allow the students to re:main in the College, at least in the Summer months, until si\ o'clock. This ,'"e kno,, was spoken of last year, hut we think it again desnH's a ,pecial mention.

    \\"e h:1\e abo to speak again of the Lilliputian sil.e of many members of the Fre~hlllen (lass. j t seems that S!elens is in a fair way to hecome a sch(h)l for small boys, many of 1\ hom cannot keep up with the cbss e"\(Tpt after haloing crammed like gorged vultures, to pa:;s the entering e\amination" As Prof. l\Iayer says to them, go make mince pies, Ily kites, but don't come here where you can't llilderstand anything that is said to you. Our gratitude is due to Prof. \Vall in this connection, as he conditioned almost everyone of them at the he;..(inning of the college year.

    The perspedile of the new (;ymnasium no\\' looms lip grandly hefore us. It has heen the custom in colleges, hoth here ancl on the Cuntinent, to consider the physical as I\"ell as mental culture of their ~tudents" No man can stand well in his class llllless he takes a certain amount of physical e\ercise. \Ve had long thought that gymnastics should form a part of our course, and lIT were willing last year to do our best to hring this alJout, but for some unques-tionably good reason, the Trustees :1I1cl Facult)' did not encourage the idea. Hut they, "you all kno\\", arc honorahle men," and we acquiesce in their decision. This year they have given us their cordial approval and assistan( G, and we doubtless will at no distant cla\". ha\"e a gymnasiulll, which will supply the long-felt want. Our thanks are especially due to Prof. Thurston, whose kindly interest in all our pleasures and pasti mcs, has clone no 1 i ttle toward promot-ing our SU(TeSS in athletic c'(ncises. Boating has stil! held, and prohal)lyalway, Ilill hold. the foremost place in the athletics of Illany of the StevL'ns men: the: laurels of last year we hope will he as green and fluu,"ishing ill the cOllling season. In fad, we Illay say in resume, that we have reason to be proud of om position in the s, ale of muscular christianity, IIhen we consider how limited have Ileen our opportunities. \Ve are especially proud of om last foot-hall season, and look back to it ,,"ith great pleasure. \\"e played a numher (If matches, and, with one exception, enjoved them all-

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    though twice defeated, The l'\(,L'ptiun lie rl'fL'r to, is the match with Columbia, \Ve do not (IHH"e t() make (Omml'nt Oil the be-hal'ior of the Columbia men during the game, but we can hardly hrook the utter, \\ i1ful misreprl'''l'ntation of the game, as Iloticed in the last Arta CO/11I11/l illl/ll, There is al\\'als ill feeling engendered in every match with Columbia, and as it has nel'er been the case when we hal'e played other colleges, II e do not consider ourseh'es to hlame,

    The Dramatic ~\ssociation has been I'er) suc'Cessful this year, and its good effects are apparent. It has gil'en rise to the College Orchestra, which, for a mechanical (ullege, is remarkahly good, The theatricals were gil-en for the benefit of the ROlying Club and the Gymnasium fund, The plays on the first night were, "Cool as a Cucumber," and" An L'gly Customer;" on the following, the performance openecl II-jth the college Minstrel Troupe, and ended with the latter of the al)()I'e pieces,

    Secret Societies hal'e as yet been little represented at our college, We refer principally to the number of so( ieties in the college, of which we hal'e three, There has been, we think, hut little of that pitiful and reprehensible spirit of furming cliques, to the exclusion of all other intimacies, \\'e see no n:ason \I'hy a man should be so bound by his connection with a certain SO( iety, as to cultil'ate no other associations and friendships, This is, in our opinion, the crying el'il of all societies of this character, and furthers the un-manly and foolish endea\'()r of a body of young men coyertl)' to control the ,lssociations and coerce opi n ions or' a college hy "stick-ing together," as they call it. \\'e fail to understand how a,ociety, which should I>e a source of pleasure and profit to its memhers, ( an stoop to such con tem pt i hie and pal t ry su hkrfuges, \I hen they know that el'ery one is perfectly cogni;:ant of all the workings and by-paths by which they attain their miserahle end: the facts stated al>ol'e gi,'e rise, \I'e think, to the violent prejudices of many anti-society men, They recoil in horror from the thought, and seem to consider that a senet society is a "II/OIlSinll/l //(Jl'l'l'lldllJll illjill'lI/l' illgclls Clti Illmell adrll/flill/I,"

    We cannot close without saying a fel\' words about the shop-or we \I'ould say, the ;'I[echanical l,abofalory, There we sec the graceful Torsion ;'I[achine \I ith \I hich '76 lI'ill electrify the Centen-


    nial Exhioition, and the no less useful, but far more imposing Lullricant Tester which '77 is fitting up for a like reason . These mach i nes wi II he, when ("om pleted, marvels of accuracy ana good looks .

    And now' 77, as it kalTs the 1

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    T 'RUS,TEES.

    MRS. E. A. STEVENS, REV. S. B. Do!>, \\!. 'N. SlIJPPEN.




    F'acult:y and Instructors. --------~~>--------

    HENRY MOKrO)!, PH. D., Presidrlll, al/l! Prt!fc.I"Sor 1/ TI'{'(Jrdical Physics, River Street.

    ALfRED M. MAYER, PII.D., Prr:fcSJor r:f PIIl'sics, S. ()range. ROBERT H. THURSTON, A.M., C.E., Pr,f!'ssor of jJfr:cltallical

    EligiliNrilig, [I lldson Stn.:ct. DE VOLSE0I \VOOD, C. E., Pr(fiJ.ror (:/ Af"r,tlu'II/(f//{'s alld 11(('(/IIIIII(,S.

    370 \V ash i ngtoil St., Hoboken. C. vV. MACCORD, A. M., Professor 0/ i);fl,dlillli((li Drtl1f'ing,

    Ten t h S, reel. ALBERT R. LEEDS, A.M., PH. D., Pn:!>s.wr If CI't'lIIislly till';

    Mdalllt1:~)', Eighth Street. CHAS. F. KHOEH, A.M., Srcrc/ar) , f!f IIIC FIIOII~)', Pnift'SS(lF of

    Modern Lallgllages, BlI(lse>n Street. EDWARD WALL, A.M., Prf!fcssor (if Br/!rs Ldtres alit! Ifi"StOl:)',

    Eighth Street. P. P. POlNJER, M.E., Instrllctor ill TI/{:rlllo-D..l'lIalllics,

    Tenth Street. THOMAS B. STILLMAN, B.S., Instructor ill Qllalilativ{' allt! Blow-

    Pipe Alla~vsis, Hudson Street. WM. E. GEYER, A. M., Rl'l;istrllr (If tile FtlC/f!~I'. VALENTINE BACHMANN, Librarian, Hlldson Street.

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    "Volens et patens."

    H F:NI'" A. BECKMEYER, J. KI:-I(;SLA:-IJ),


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    Vire- Pres/tient. Secretar),. His/oriall.


    H. A. BEn:~IE\,ER, S. BIUI:-li\I~I) BRFlI'ER, JOH:>1 On,; BlIER];:, J. 1\r(lRTI~IER C'RF:\IF:R,

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