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Vol. II. UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA, COLUMBIA, S. C., FEBRUARY 18, 1909 No. 14
HAS NOW BEGUN
Coach Reid Has Been on the Campus
For Two Weeks.
CLASS GAMES TO BEGIN SOON
Coach Reid Has Oreat Record As Baseball
Player-An Old Carolina Man.
Baseball practice began in earnest
The diamond is in an excellent con
dition, having been recently scraped
and sanded. A man has been hired
for the season to keep the grounds in
Coach Richard Reid has been on
the campus for the last two weeks
looking after baseball interests. Coach
Reid is an old Carolina man and has
a remarkable record in both inter-col
legiate and professional baseball.
While in college he was prominent in
every form of athletics. In 1905 Mr.
Reid enjoyed the unique distinction of
being captain of both the baseball
and football teams. He also did more
or less track work.
As a professional, Mr. Reid played
in the South Georgia League with
Columbus. He was one of Moffett's
ptars during Knoxville's great sea
son, and for a while played at Charles
tonl, in West Virginia.
Coach Reid is the first baseball
coach that Carolina has ever had en
gaged for the whole season. Other
men have coached the team for a week
or two, but Carolina has never before
had a man through the entire season.
Coach Reid is by no means an out
sider. He has the best interests of
Carolina at heart and knows condi
The Advisory Board is to be con
gratulated on securing Coach Reid's
The class games will probably be
played the last week in February.
The schedule will be arranged by the
managers of the various classes.
Golfers Waking Up.
With the coming of spring, many
of the students are taking a great
(eal of interest in golf.
Two matches have been played with
Ridgewood. In the first, the two
teams broke even, and in the last,
which came off last Saturday, the
University was defeated by a few
The golf course on Gibbes Green
is r.till an excellent one, in spite of the
two buildings which have been put
A return match will be played on
the Ridgewood links .t xtSaturday.
The University will be well repre
Total Appropriation Amounts to
GETS A NEW HALL OF SCIENCE
The Work Being Done by Carolina is at Last
Appreciated by the
The Ways and Means Committee
of the House has reported favorably
on a new $40,ooo building for the
University, and the appropriation has
passed. The money is to be given in
installments of $20,000, the first this
year, and the last next year.
If the act passes the House and
Senate, the University will be empow
ered to contract for the new building
President Moore now has in his
possession tentative plans for the
building. It is to be used as a Hall of
Science, three stories high and entire
ly modern in every detail. The build
ing will bc designed especially for +I,hA
occupation of the physical, chemielY
and biological laboratories. A part
of the building may also be used by
the department of Geology.
There is a crying need for this new
building. The science departmetdts
are cramped and hampered by lack of
room under the present conditions.
The old Science Hall at the best is a
mere make-shift. The arrangements,
especially as to light, are very poor.
The new building is to be designed to
remedy all these defects and it will
permit of much better work being
The Ways and Means Committee
also reported favorably on an appro
priation of $i,ooo toward equipping
the new infirmary with modern, sani
tary hospital furniture. The commit
tee further allowed $3,500 to furnish
the new building on Gibbes Green.
If the House and Senate see fit to
allow the appropriations for the Uni
versity to go unaltered through the
third reading, work on the $4o,ooo
building, which is to be located on
Gibbes Green, will begin early in the
Additional Instruction in Math.
An additional instructor in the de
partment of Mathematics wvill be add
edl next tyear. The department of
Mathematics is the largest in college,
and another instructor is certainly
needed to lighten the work of the
present teaching force.
The Sophomores have elected the
following baseball officials: Captain,
W. B. Perrin ; manager, H. G. Offi
cer ; waterboy, J. S. Hoey ; sponsor,
Ben Tillman Rniainrd.
Ten-Hour Examinations Test of En
durance, Not of Knowledge.
FREE EXPRESSION OF OPINION
The S. P. C. A. Should Step in and Remedy
Conditions Existing in a Certain
A stranger inquiring for the Junior
Class on that fatal Tuesday, the sec
ond of February, 1909, would have
thought the members of that class an
exceptionally stupid body of men.
He might even have thought them
oppressed by some strange malady
that prevented them from thinking
quickly. For on that sad (lay, the
great majority of the Junior Class of
the University of South Carolina la
bored over the dry definitions and syl
logisms of logic until late in the aft
ernoon, and some unlucky individuals
pursued the elusiveness of ambiguous
middles and illicit major terms until
dense'night can'- to soothe their wea
Nor has that class been the only one
in this institution that has been sub
jected to that peculiar form of men
tal and physical torture that lies in
long examinations. The present Se
nior Class has followed the mazes of
psychology for eight, nine, or even
ten hours of a hot June day, and a fa
vored- few of the members have dis
tinguished between theories and doc
trines in ethics for a like period.
But, some one may say, "These stu
dents were very dull or perhaps stu
pid." Even if this were true, they
would be entitled to sympathy and not
to refined torture that would exhibit
their stupidity to their fellow students.
But this is not so. - They have never
proven stupid in other studies, an
besides, even if a student can answer
all the questions, it is impossible, as
many of us know, to answer them in
the proper way inside of eight hours,
without any loafing whatsoever.
Now, as to the torture. Laying
aside the fact that some people are
constitutionally unfitted to endure
such a test, anyone who undergoes
such an ordeal after days or weeks 3f
hard study is almost incapacitated.
The mere physical labor is wearing.
As hour after hour passes, the brain
refuses to work, the wvhole system re
bels and the last part of the paper is
often a mere farce.
Our opinion is that a better test of
a student's knowledge of his subject
would be obtained by a few judicious
questions, to be answered in a reason
Finally, this article ,is an out
Igrowth of that student opinion which
POE MEDAL GIVEN
75 Medals Bestowed Upon Distin.
guished Men of Letters.
VIRGINIA- AWARDS MEDALS
Presentation of Special Tiffaney Medals Came
As Climax to Virglna's
During the Poe Centennial Celebra
tion at the University of Virginia, Dr.
G. A. Wauchope was awarded one of
the seventy-five Poe Memorial med
als. The awarding of these medals
came as the climax of the University's
The Richmond Times-Dispatch
says of the occasion:
"Another feature of much inter
est was the bestowal of the Poe med
als, struck by Tiffaney, to commem
orate the occasion. Medals were giv
en in recognition of services which
have added materially to the further
ing of Poe's reputation as a man of
Among the persons to whom med
als were awarded were: M. Louvriere
and Able Lefranc, of Paris; Professor
Alcee Fortier, of Tulane; Dr. Thomas
Nelson Page, of Washington; Dr.
Barrett Wendal, of Harvard; Hamil
ton W. Mabie, of New York; Edward
Dowden, of Ireland, and Dr. Chas.
W. Kent, of Virginia.
Two medals were awarded to
South Carolina, one to Dr. Wauchope
and another to Dr. Sidney Ernest
Bradshaw. It is an honor to Dr.
Wauchope and to the whole Univer
sity that one of these medals should
have conic here.
Societies Meet Saturday Night.
The Euphradian and Clariosophic
Societies will hold their regular
weekly meeting next Saturday night
after a four weeks' adjournment on
account of examinations. Tow ora
torical contests are to come off early
College Press Association Meets Here
The College Press Association of
South Carolina meets with the Uni
versity some time in April.
Our two sister institutions will as
sist Carolina by entertaining the (d
egates from the female colleges. A
very full attendance is expected.
The Gamecock was founded to ex
press and that opinion is that the feel
ing of humanity, the promptings of
charity, or even the more material
principles of the S. P. C. A., should
intercede to prevent anyone from in
flicting any such tortures upon his fel