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At the beginning of the year a new cement wall was placed in the handDall court and as a result that game received far more attention than ever before. A tournament, in which twenty-four men took part, was organized to determine the Varsity championship and suitable medals were awarded to the winners in both the single and double games. The final game for the championship in the singles was very close and exciting. J. R. Beasley won from Ed. Crane by only two points, one in each game, the score being 21-20, 21-20. Burford and Lewis won the double championship from R. J. Beasley and Kirkpatrick by a score of 15-21, 21-13, 21-19. A tournament was also arranged between the Varsity champions and the Y. M. C. A. champions for the championship of the city. We had no trouble in winning both games, Beasley winning from Caswell 20-21, 21-18 and 21-16. Burford and Lewis defeated Caswell and Clarkson 21-11, 21-7.
Next year another wall will be put in at the other end of the handball court to provide two courts for this interesting game.
All the men have not yet had their second physical examination, but those who have, showed an improvement consistent with the more regular attendance and higher grade of work accomplished this year.
A new game called "Medicine Ball" was invented by the class of upperclassmen which met from 5 to 6 p. m. under Assistant Howser. The game is played with a "medicine ball" weighing twelve pounds. The ball is thrown or passed from one man to another of his own side until it finally touches the ground between the opponents' goal-posts. It is a strenous game and affords an opportunity for all-round development and will produce a good sweat quicker than almost any other exercise in the gymnasium. It also accommodates any number of players who may wish to join in the game.
No record of attendance was kept except for the Freshmen and Junior Law students but on the basis of the number of lockers in use and the size of the afternoon classes it is thought that more men used the gymnasium than last year. On the whole the season has been a most satisfactory F. H. C.
Since the last issue of THE RECORD no material changes have taken place in the department as regards this year's work. A few new students, including one member of the Legislature, have matriculated, bringing the number of Juniors up to 106, and the total in the Department to 175. The committee appointed to arrange the three years curriculum made its report to the Board of Regents some time ago, and it was approved by them. The classes are to be designated as Junior, Middle and Senior. The work of the Junior year will cover twelve hours of class work per week in law and three hours class work in an academic topic to be selected by the student with the approval of the deans of the two Departments. The work of the Middle
Year embraces the same number of hours in law and in academic studies, but the latter is to be given in the prescribed course in political economy. The work of the Senior Year will embrace 14 hours of class work per week in law topics and one hour in argumentation besides practice court work. The additional time for law work will be divided about equally between an extension of the topics heretofore embraced in the two years course and new topics. Among the latter are American Elementary Law, Damages, Bailments, includings Carriers, Wills and Administration and Municipal Corporations. The principal extensions of time were made in Equity, Constitutional Law, Evidence and Insurance, some slight addition being made in almost all of the old topics. The curriculum was decided upon after careful study of the catalogues of other institutions and consideration of our special needs and environment. We believe that it will afford to the young men of Texas desiring to follow law as a profession an opportunity for first-class preparation. The incorporation of the academic work in the course was thought necessary because of the very limited training of a number of the students upon entering the Department. In such cases the academic topic for the first year will be selected by the student under the advice of the two deans, and he will thus be enabled to remove his most hurtful deficiency. Students whose academic training is entirely satisfactory will be permitted to attempt the three years course in two years. Students applying for advanced standing in the Department who have not attended some other approved law school will not be credited upon examination with more than one year's work, and will be required to spend two years in the Department as condition precedent to obtaining a diploma. Students who have attended as much as one year in some approved law school will, if they have sufficient credit or will supplement the credits they do have by a satisfactory examination covering the Junior and Middle Years' work, be permitted to matriculate as Seniors. These regulations will make it impossible for one to obtain his degree of LL. B. until he shall have had at least two years training in a law school. Students not candidates for degrees will be allowed reasonable latitude in the selection of their
The readjustment of the curriculum made necessary by the extension of the course furnished opportunity for considering the interchange of topics between the Academic and Law Departments. A committee appointed for this purpose reported to the two faculties, and it was determined that candidates for academic degrees could be credited with as many as four courses for work done in the Law Department, reasonable restrictions being placed upon the selection of the courses and the time in the academic work in which they may be taken. The attitude of the academic faculty on this matter is appreciated by the Law Department, and we desire to express our thanks for the good will and courtesy shown. It seems now that the extension of the course will necessitate the employment of another full professor in law. If this is done, and time can be found, it is probable that a course in Elementary Law, specially arranged as a general culture course, will be offered in the Academic Department, open to Junior and
Senior students. This will, of course, depend upon the time at the disposal of the law faculty. We hope very much that this may be found practicable, as we feel sure that the course would be valuable in itself, and also that the fact of the interchange of work between the two Departments would be to draw them more closely together and to unify university spirit.
Much interest has been taken in the Department in the bill pending before the Legislature regulating the granting of license to attorneys-atlaw. We are very much gratified at the advance that will be made in the passage of this blil, and believe that it will be a very great benefit to the State and indirectly to the Department. It will be in the power of a few responsible men, selected on account of fitness, to make examinations for entrance to the bar thorough and uniform throughout the State. With increased difficulty in obtaining license law students will naturally turn to the University as a means of acquiring the necessary information. Under the existing law graduates from the Department have been granted license without further examination. The new law changes this, and after this year our graduates will be required to be examined just as other applicants. This will work some hardship on the students, in additional expense and consumption of time, but we hope may result in raising the grade of examination papers necessary to pass, and we feel confident that our students can make really good grades on any reasonable examination that may be submitted, and will thus set standards by which to judge of the efforts of other applicants. As the bill has no emergency clause, the present Senior class will not be affected by it, and our Juniors will have a year within which to become used to the situation.
J. C. T.
THE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT.
There has been a very gratifying increase in the Engineering Depart ment this session, the enrollment in the Freshman class being 61 against an enrollment of 47 for the previous session. This is an increase of 23 per cent and is a most favorable showing for the Department, when it is remembered that there is a falling off in the number of first-year students in the Academic Department.
The total number of students in the Department taking Engineering courses is 103, and in addition to these there are 20 special students taking partial courses, making a total of 123. Almost all of these are taking drawing, both drawing-rooms being over-crowded in consequence, and Mr. Endress, the newly appointed instructor in drawing, has all that he can manage. If the class which will enter next session is as large as is anticipated, it will probably be necessary to appoint two student assistants in drawing in order that the work may be kept up to the present standard, and additional drawing space will be needed. The effect of the presence of an instructor who gives his entire time and attention to drawing is
shown by the excellence of the work being done by the Freshman class this year, an excellence which has never before been realized in the University. Heretofore field practice has been held only on three days a week, but the increase in numbers this session has made it necessary to have field practice four days each week and next session this will be increased to five. A number of stone monuments have been established at different points on the Campus and, with these as a basis, an accurate contour map of the Campus and athletic field, showing the location of all buildings, water pipe lines, sewers, walks, roads and the neighboring streets will be made. The need of such a map has been already keenly felt and this work will fill a long needed want, and give the students a practical lesson at the same time. The exact elevation of each of these monuments above mean sea level has been accurately determined.
It has been the practice of the Department to test free of charge cement, steel and wood for members of the profession or State and county officials throughout the State, who have no means at their command for making tests of such materials themselves. Recently several requests have been made by the city engineers of large cities in the State, for tests of street paving bricks. A machine for this purpose has been added to the apparatus in the testing laboratory and the University is now ready to make tests of this kind upon request.
The Department has obtained from railroads and manufacturers in the United States photographs of a number of engineering structures and machines. These are hung in the rooms and corridors of the Department with the hope that they will give an engineering atmosphere and prove also interesting and instructive.
With a view of extending the knowledge of the resources of the State, several of the seniors have chosen subjects for graduation theses that are of more or less practical importance. Among these may be mentioned: Tests of Texas Building Stones, Tests of Texas Building Bricks and An Investigation of a Proposed System of Water Supply for the State Institutions in and about Austin.
MATTERS OF PUBLIC INTEREST FROM THE MINUTES OF THE
MEETING OF DECEMBER 2, 1902.
Dr. Phillips gave an account of his visit to Princeton, as representative of the University, at the inauguration of Dr. Woodrow Wilson as president of Princeton University, on the 25th day of October, 1902.
Prof. Sutton made a statement concerning his attendance as representative of the University at the meeting of the Southern College Association held in Oxford, Miss., November 1, 1902.
An elaborate report on delayed registration was made to the Faculty by Professors Mezes and Sutton, with a petition to the Board of Regents.
It was voted to refer petitions for extra final examinations to the Advisory Committee with final jurisdiction.
On motion of Dean Mezes, it was voted to establish a period for the selection of courses during the week preceding Commencement in June; and to allow students to make provisional selection of courses by mail. The following catalogue provisions, presented by Dr. Mezes, were adopted:
(1) Every course and every fraction of a course that is a unit of a credit, shall have a separate designation which it shall retain as long as it is given, and which shall not be transferred to any other course.
(2) Courses that may be taken to satisfy entrance requirements shali be designated by the name of the subject and capital letters; other courses by the name of the subject and numbers. The value in thirds of courses shall be indicated by sub-numbers. The sub-numbers are to be omitted in the case of a full course.
MEETING OF DECEMBER 4, 1902.
A report giving the condition of Athletics in the University was made by Dr. Ellis.
Dr. Battle, Chairman of Committee on Students' Organization, presented a communication from the Greek Letter Fraternities of the University in which they agree not to invite first-year students to become members of the fraternities until after January 16th of each session. This report was approved by the Faculty and referred to the Board of Regents for their approval.
MEETING OF DECEMBER 9, 1902.
The Committee on Forensics and Oratory reported the work in that line as now on a satisfactory basis.
The following was adopted for the Catalogue: Every candidate for a Master's degree must communicate to the Chairman of the Committee on Graduate Courses the title of his proposed thesis on or before the second Monday in January of the year in which he intends to present himself for final examination and must hand to the Chairman of the Committee on Graduate Courses a fair copy of his thesis on or before the first Monday in May. The thesis with a certificate of approval will be deposited in the library for public inspection.
MEETING OF JANUARY 7, 1903.
Dr. Battle, Acting Chairman of a Special Committee on the subject made a report on the advisability of stiffening the Academic degrees. The following recommendations were adopted:
(1) In the Catalogue, 1902, page 48, in the requirements for the New Degree of Bachelor of Arts, change (b) so as to read One full course in Natrual Science requiring laboratory work.