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Student life at Ann Arbor ismarked by many i'h;ises that are pculiarly its own. Tht; policy of development which has been pumied ly the unlvfirsity of Micbigan diffrn radically from ihat of tbe other American ïnstiiutiona of equal rank, and Ihls b:is had an evident effect pon lbo mannen and customs of student. At present tl ie re is comparattvely little of tluit romance of collega life which Roes ti make up -o large a portion oi tbc tradlttona ut the easiern coltegps. Thcre is little or none of thnt fleTce spirit that appeara in liazing, cane-rushes and general lantibordlnatiou. In earlier dayg It tlid exist. and was rampant. Any of the 'oUl-tinier" wlll tesllfy to tlits. Thero are iiwnv h-ills and the older buildings ihat liHve seen sop hora ore and tieshinan trilogie in wbat was nften M'iiom lightitig; tlie "ct-hole" has probübly been tbe scène of more than one conspira' y against the ease and quiet of une of Ihe nmlei-clasx's ; and tbe clumps ot piues that f.irmerly to(xl near Universiiy hall used to be t.iinous ibr furnishing xmbuahes tr tbe captuie of devoted treshies. Even the seci'et societies have heen kiiowu to forget tbeirdignity xufficiently to attack one unotber, vi et armit, to secure h "jfnal" r piraphernalia. Hut tbe old days are past, tbe "cathole" is i'Hpiiliy tilHog up, the pi ue trees have been tblnned out, and the fraternii muil bc aghast at tbe ineie tbuuglit nf provlug superiority over each otber by blows. Witb the prowth and expansión of our col le;e tbere bas come a (Wtiticr a'id more refined tone, a more general linprMtton that attendance at college cines nut necesarily (tive one 1 ícense and rxiraoidiiiary unrettratnt. ín ttiis retpecti lite at tbe univerglty ot' Michigan does not at all diffVr trom life in any emuno coMMtrNiTT. But tliis is not ,-a mi ihut it has no cliar acteritic of itsown. A student cominuiiily a by iis very nature individual. THere is abundanco of college spirit, even if dais plrit ts almost lost. Perhaps tlure U ju.-t as much "animal lite" iiow as Ihere ever was, bul it generally sp'-mls ii.-ell in friendly contests like the animal loot-bill game lietween thesopbomores and Ircshint-n, or in a "iuh'' that auiouuls to a little beyond mere gliovini;. Tbere are many purely college cuetoms that seem to (ncreaae in popularity every year - iu a word, the student life is marked by a healthy, entbus'astic tone 'bat more than makes up lor tbe lous of certain phases that bave been alluded to. And tbe good resalta of the universlty'u syMein are due to the generous interpret, ilion of tbe authoritie and the accept uu-e oi' it in m like spirit by the students as a vvliole. 'l'be univeMöy of Michigan embraces the colli gate dearcment, otticially known tlie Department of Literatu re, Science and tb Ai t. ; and the professional schools, Law, Medicine and Hurgeiy, Pbaamacy, Uoinwopathy and Denlal Surgery. Ín conceius pertaiuing to t-cll each of these is separate froia the "Uiers and is govorned by its own faculty. Tlie collegiate department corresponda to the ordinary American cotteqe and the couises are materially the frae, though at Ann Arbor tbere are more countei leading to dejjrees. Four years of study. on prescribed and electivo subjects, is the regular work for the ittaimaont of au A. B., Pb. B., B. L.. etc. TheA. B. requiies Latín and Greek, tbeother courses cali tor but one or else 110 aucient language, but make up for this witb the modern tonpues. Advanced work leads tn tlie correHpomHnzdoetor'sand mater"8 degrees. Numbers study under the "CMIVER81TY BrfiTEM," wbicb permitó unyone who has finiBhed a certain ainount of work to select one mata subject for 8ecial study for two years, or so, and then txke a'deírree on i lie meritsof an examlnation. The uníversliy no lonjier regards tho oíd dist'no i on of elns.."e8 but ranke a man by tbe amount of work w-hlch be-hag done. The studente of t lio literary departmént are eniered in the calender in one )it. The names ot' senior and junior and Mphomore and freebmaii are used only atnong tbe students themselve, and tbfs nialnly for ciiiivenienoe. The tendsney of the pieseí t syslem of colleg wolk is to look ai cacli man sin'ly ani.1 to oblitérate all dirtí ilistiiiclii.iiH. In tbe piotessionnl sohools tbe Classes are still dividtnl. In the law tkre are -ciiiois and junlórs. The "medica" are kni'wn as ri st, necond and tjrtrd year stuilent-. "Pliannics" are dtvided hito flrst and second year, and the dental college iias a three years course like the medical. Tbe various ilepartments of the univer-itv keep quito parí in tbeir doingii, although nolliinif but good feeling prevailí. Tbis nepeíatiiiii is due only to the tiCt 01 k doe not bi ing them in contact, l'liey have for the most part different buildings and instructora. Nalurally tlie "collene" is tlie most prominent part of the institution and desirves the most attentlon. By it the whole unlversity is usually jijdgfd. At present tbe university has about 1,300 siudents iu atteudance. The local high school, wblch is often rejjarded a a preparatory academy, Iihs 400 or 500 more. Of tbe whole ntimber, about half are trom Michigan. Of the remalnder, theeastcm statcs contribute abont 160- enoueh to maintaln a good college in any c.t them. Of the western Mates, Ohio lurnishes the most, after Michigan, but the whole country is more or less represeuted. Home 14 foreign countries have students berc at present. Thus It is elearly seen that the university is eosmopolitan In its make-up, a fact of great benefit to the students themselves. The iiiemhc rs of the facultiea and other offlcer9 numbcr aboul 0. CO-EDüCATHM. One of the peculiar feature of Aon Arbor is "co-education.1' In viiltlng a class room a etranger is alwsys struck by the presenco of the young Indica, or the "cw-eds." as college slang has dubbed them. Tliey are to be found in aU tlepartmenlfl doing tbe simie work as tbe young men, and apparently are iust as able to keep it up. Ai a rul tlrey are brlgbt self-possesscd girls, always ueatly and ofteu fashionably clrcssod," and diflerinjr tn no great rtegrec from Btudeiits at Vassar Hnd Wcllesly. Their admisión to the tiniversity was no hasty step, for It wa not untll thirty yoars tifter U foundIng that they were allowed to enter, and then ópposition was detcrmined and serioub. It has been Well pofnted out that Michigan was the first nnivergity whieh hTing developt-tl at a purely exclusive oollejre snd attaíned cauterice as aueh, doliberalely threw opon n doois to woinen. Krom 1870, when the tírst "co-ed." UH M. I,. Stockwelt, of Kalamazoo. untered, till the present, the experiment hu been provine itselt' a sutreiis. The gfrd hare had lo conquor prejudice miel to prore théir espacity for the work ot' jnen. At flrst even the boardin houses weno closed agalnst them. Thcy received littlc eonrtegy from the student, hut lliey wurc young wotnen of determinaron iind energy, and at present thcy may be sald"to have conquered opposition on every sido. The Hlndcnts alf room and board in the tow-N. The university has loiif? mv giren up the dormitory systeni. As h general thing two ettulents Vill room toKrt-her, mi a number get their meáis at u "club," or boaidiug house, liooms aro usually in puits, s sittiiig-room or study and a stee roo na, and they differ iñ every way, aocordlng to tbe tastes and mcans of the oceupants, Prioes for room rent and care run trom $1 to f. a week, aad the furniture is usually provided. IK REGAB0 TO MEA.LS, there are three or fonr way of obtaiuing them. 8om board in a private family; others live at i boarding-house; m iny often club together and Idre a stewarei, thu living at nearly co8t pricesj and the Oreek letter fraternitiea u-ually room and board in thrir own houses, haring a matron lo proride for them. The tnaiority of students live in the secoDd or tliird way. The fraternities are all limited in their nnmbers and to board with a tamily m-i to throw oue out of the run of ollege lite, tor Üie table is the giett piaOB for news. Board varies iu prioe par we-k from f 1.75 or $2 to $4 and f 5. At the eo-operative clubs itvirics from week to wek 8 tho cost Is divided uinoiiií all tbe memuers. As a whole, the body of student is earnest and hardworking; óf quiet taste and ineipensive hablts. Of eoui-se, many exceptin to this rule are to be fnui.d. Individualize the mass and you will find the lary man, the seeker of 'voft suaps;" the drinking man, dear to " Doctor Schlitz;" the magniticent youth, with unlimited means and gnrgcous liabits; and the student who has come to college to pass a pleasant four year with ajrreeable companlons, and to take hi degree without any exertion. You will find all these and, on the other hand, tind the fallo wr who doei nul li int; hut study, the poor student who boards htmeelf, or does chores to keep himself in college, and so on. But it will !)¦ still ti iie of the body that they are In college forimprovement, know the necesslty f t.ikiiiK advantage ot the opportunitiea and are determiued to do so. AT PLAT. Whlle Ann Arbor men are good at work they are at home on the plyjf i'ouod. The northeast corner of the campus beara witnees to thls whenerer the weather is favorable. Athletlc spirit is high and all the flamea are entered into wilh Rieat earneMneee There aie several associations devoted to particular games and the uni versity's athletic record is very jtood. Of course, the lack of a gymnasium is a great drawback, but the spirit of the college is Hhowa by what is done without it. The students are always enthusiastic admlrers of the university, and are very unwilling to admit any superior. However much tbey may growl among tliemselvei at times, any attempt at invidious comparipon will be met with a storm of remonstrance and denial. Thoy are very demonstrative upon occasion - no one wbo bas ever hcard the "yell" will be apt to torget it. In class room auy joke or "break11 by professor or student is markod by applause, clapping the hands and 8Uimpinsr the feet. The "laws1' ure most noted for boisterousnesH, and the sene in their lectnre-room is soinctimes 'improsslve,'' to put it inildly. In ïnltters of divss the btudenls wear no dlstlnctive attire. i'rom time to tiine attetupta have been made to adopt something of this nature, but nothing of pefmanencc has been accomplished bevond the rather imperfect system of tlas HATt, for there is so little uniformity about this that it is of little value. The custom at present is for each class to annually select ome style of hat The jonior claR always wears a tall silk hat, or "plug," but the other classes are bound to no particular i-hape. An "Oxford cap," or "mortar-board," is coming to bo looked upon as tbe ridt of the underclitssc. The tansel is made of the class colors, which is the only dlffcrenoe In the two. The seniors bave lutely favored a sort of a turban or fez of some ligïit color. There bas also been in every Kra'luating class of the past few years a stronjr minority In favor of gowtiH, and the prospecta are that fome of the classes no1 In college will take their degrees "in capand kowii." But as yet there is no distinetively university dre6g worn by professors and student in cotnmon. In 1870 an attempt was made to introduce a unfveraity cap, in shape much likc the Oxford cap, and diirinj; that year it wê generalij' worn, but in 1872 it was not teen on the r.unpu-. Sober colora prevail in the coitiimes now worn. The gentlemen of a clasë very aeMom indulge in High colored garmeiYts. In the warm months it has become quite common to ivear knickerbockers and jerseys on the campns aud about town, as well as in the Clawrèom, and even membero of the taculty to a considerable extent are not too divrnitied to appar in this decidcdlv conifortuble atire. Tlie irreat popularity of lawn tennis has had much to do with this. Here, too, even in tbe athletic costumes the colors are always quiet - a great contrast with tbe tyles at the eaateru colletres, where men may be litcrally aid to shine in purphi and crimion and BY AH ÜNPERGRADUVTH.


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