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Legislative Visit

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Parent Issue
Day
14
Month
April
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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Iu University hall Friday after noou at 4 o'clock there was uot a vacant seat. With 3,1 00 stadeuts over 200 memebrs of the faculty anc the legislaüve party of 175, on the platform the auditorium was naturally crowded. The view of the sea of young bright faces was most inspiring and to make it more 80, each young mau endeavored with the full power of bis lnugs to make the legislators hear and feel that they were welcorne. With a wave of bis hand President Angelí quieted the ear splitting noise. He then proceeded to make a tactful, strong, pleasing address. He sketched the career of tne University of Michigan froni its humble beginning to lts present enviabie position and urging the state to stand behind it in allegiance. The assem bied studeuts, he said, showed the university to better advantage thau any buildings or teachers could, represuting as they do nearly every state and territory in the unión and a dozen foreign countries and presenting a cosmopolitan character which no uation can duplícate. Referring to the needs of the university, President Angelí said that for the first 28 years of its existence it was supported by endowments received from the United States while since that time tbe state had appropriated $3.000,000. The annual expenses he gave as $425,000, and showed that though Harvard is the ouly institutiou with more students, the expenses of ;he institution are only oue-third of Sarvard's, wbile tho leading universities, with several hundred less students, average tvvice as much iu yearly expenses. The rigores of various universities were quoted to show the immense sums they ask for notwithstandng their endowments, aud President Angelí said that the officials of other universities marvel at the work accomplished by Michigan with snch limited means. He also took up the qnestion so ofteii asked as to wby students froru other states were not made to pay larger fees, as they represent four-tPiitbs of the stucïents. Attention vas calJed to the fact that nnany of the largei institutions charge 110 eutrance fee at all, while Michigan receives $60,000 trom the foreign students. If they were kept out altogether the regeuts figured that it would only save $25,000 in the salaries of profesors.wbich would leave a big loss. Again, in urging a more iberal spirit, he recalled that the Jnifced States had long supported the nstitution which entitled the country at large to recognitiou He decried tJkie argument that the univensty was inlined to be aristocratie, sayíng that a arge per cent of the attendance was epresented by the farmers and the hildren of wage-earners. It was not wealth or social distinction he said, which wou recognition, but merit and noble character, an act which enabled he sons of the washer woman and the wealthy man to sit on the same bench. n coneluüing, he said that the nniverity would continne on to a still greater areer as long as the people of the state tand f ast and firm in their allegiance o it. After he had fioished his address, 'resident Angelí called upon Senators joomis, of Grand Rapids, and Botter, f Ishpemiug, and upon Representa ives Adams, of Grand Rapids, Heiuenan and Cheever, of Detroit, and Coliugwood. Kepresentatives Heineman nd Cheever and Senator Potter are alumni of the nniversity. Nearly all he speakers referred to the law department in a complimentary raanner ana Senator Potter called atteutïou to the needs of the niedical department. Repesentative Colliugwood paid a gracenl tribute to the work and worth of resident Angelí. All of the speakers íledged their votes and influence for all neoessary fuuds asked by the university.