REPORT OF MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE
The total number of students in the Universities during the past year is 34.
In the College the total number of students is 93.
The Course in Geology has been under the general direction of Dr. H.A. Baker. While he was disabled through illness we had most valuable assistance from Mr. D.J. Davies and Mr. J.C. Hogg.
The Courses in Economics and Political Science were made possible by the addition to the Staff of Mr. A.M. Fraser, M.A. (Hons.) of Edinburgh, whom we cordially welcome. His first work with us has been remarkably successful. In his British History there was no failure in the Senior Matriculation.
Mrs. H.J. Crowe has established in memory of her husband a scholarship of $40.00 per annum for two years. It is awarded annually on the results of the Junior Matriculation. Preference is to be given to students from Hampden and Sop's Arm. Failing students from these places with the qualifications required for entrance, the scholarship is thrown open.
The Graduates' Association of St. John's has promised every year a scholarship of $300.00, to be awarded on the results of our graduating examinations, tenable at any approved University.
Dalhousie University offers annually a scholarship of $200.00 to be awarded to the student taking the highest place in our graduating examination, provided such student enters the Faculty of Arts or Science at Dalhousie University.
To all these generous donors our best thanks are hereby set on record.
Our own Scholarship Fund has been increased by $1710.00. Among special gifts we gratefully mention Dr. F.A. Bruton, $500.00. The student body with the Easter play produced a net profit of $350.00. Our Schubert Festival and other Centenaries realised $357.70. Entertainments kindly provided by the Congregational Dramatic Society and Mrs. Clift realised $84.50. The West End Reading Circle by means of magazine and concert gave us $126.00. One item of $100.00 stands under "School Scholarship Repaid". A lady who won a scholarship of $100.00 when she was at school now hands on this scholarship for some deserving student to reap the same benefit as she reaped herself. If this lead were followed by others who won scholarships at school, we should soon attain our goal.
There have been generous additions to the Library from the Misses McNeill, Mr. S.E. Garland, Dr. Albert Mansbridge, Miss Annie Barlow of Bolton, Lancashire, Miss Vera Cotterill who sent a box of books from the Library of her Father, the late H.B. Cotterill, a well known Classical Scholar. We wish to acknowledge also the gift of a fine set of engravings from Mr. W.J. Carew and a second set of fine caribou antlers, gifts from Mr. H.M.K. Whiteway.
More and more as the work of the College grows, I am conscious of the debt we owe to the staff. This sense of indebtedness comes home to one more especially now because we are losing two of them at the end of this term. Mr. R.J. Stephenson, B.Sc. has accepted an appointment on the staff of the Technical Institute of Worcester, Mass. We owe our Physics Department as it exists to-day to Mr. Stephenson. He was Hon. President of the Athletic Union and did much to promote the social life of the College.
We also lose Dr. J.H. Mennie. When he came we were told how lucky we were to get him. We knew that without being told. Now his three years' term is up, offers of promotion have come to him in a shower from I know not how many different sources. It reminds me of all the cities that claimed to be the birthplace of Homer:
Who, while he lived there, begged his daily bread".
Turning to our College life we have a most successful year to record. Its success has been due above all to the Students' Representative Council, Miss Audrey Stirling, Miss Ethel Brinton, Robert Dove, Howard Drover, Chesley Drover, Our teams for football, both Association and Rugby, and for ice hockey, remained unbeaten during the season. Our men's team for basketball was third in the league. The captains were respectively Alan R. Johnston, Percy Sheppard, and W. Howard Drover. The Debating and Literary Society under Mr. R. Duder and the Science Club under Jas. F. Horwood have been vigorous and successful. The College play at Easter was a team effort, practically every student took some part in the production, under the splendid leadership of Miss Audrey Stirling.
The orchestra which we owe to the initiative of Mr.I. Cohen has been ready to help us on all occasions. It is a great addition to our social life. We own our special thanks to Mr. R.T. Bevan and to those friends who have started the week for us with music on Monday morning at 9:15. Mr. Chesley Drover has been most successful in securing for us a succession of first rate artists.
Finally, we have reached the utmost limit of our accomodation. As it is, we have to duplicate lectures and laboratory classes because we have not room to take all the first year students together in Chemistry, or in Physics, or in Biology. If Newfoundland means this College to grow, it must enlarge it. The Architect's plans provide for such enlargement. The time has now come. We want a new wing. The Normal School also wants a new wing. When it comes to soaring, it is better to have two wings than one.
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