REPORT OF MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY COLLEGE 1928-1929
We have come to the end of our fourth year. The fourth year marks a definite stage in our growth. The students who entered the College four years ago and passed on to the University have now reached the stage of graduation. We have 6 B.A.'sand 3 B.Sc.'s, together with other students in the professional courses for law, medicine, engineering and forestry whose University course takes more than four years to complete.
The B.A.'s are:
L. Madge Chant
Olive M. Field
Alice M. Sparkes
|Jubilee Scholar of 1925, who takes 2nd place in Toronto University in the Honours Course of English and History.|
Dalhousie, 1st place in Latin
Dalhousie, 1st place in Greek
2nd place in Latin (aged 19)
London, England. B.A. Honours in French.
The B.Sc's are:
Nigel F. Rusted
Two of these have secured Junior appointments in University work for next year, Helena McGrath at St. Michael's College, Toronto, Nancy Frost at Western University, London, Ont.
Special Honours which call for mention are:
|Kelvin H.A. Marshall|
Allan G. Gillingham
George C. Whitely
Cyril J. Greene
Exhibition for Classics, McGill
Summer Course Scholarship to Wood's Hole, Mass.
Prize for English Poem, Dalhousie President of Biological Society, Co-Editor of Gazette
This record gives proof that our students are making good their foothold in the Universities not only in Academic studies but also in the general life of the student body.
The total number of students in the Universities during the past year is 34.
In the College the total number of students is 93.
Five New Courses have been added:
Greek - 2nd Year
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:
- "Seven cities fought for Homer dead
- Who, while he lived there, begged his daily bread".
How many cities have been fighting for our good colleague while he still lives, I cannot exactly say, -- perhaps not quite so many as the seven cities, who claimed the birthplace of Homer, -- more anyhow than we could successfully contend with. He will be level with Homer before he is done, but if the successful city treats him as the seven cities treated Homer in the matter of daily bread, may I assure him that if he will come back to St. John's, he will find it otherwise here among his old friends. He has rendered great services to the College. His own special department of Chemistry and Physics is the supreme piece of work. Over and above that he has rendered signal service in administration taking over and organising the records of the College, working out the Time Table which is a veritable Chinese puzzle when the students' attainment as entrance is of all shapes and sizes, and as member of the Committee which drew up our Calendar. The College owes a great debt to him. We thank him for all he has done and still more for all he has been. We shall always be proud that he has been connected with us, and as his fame spreads, our pride will grow. He leaves us to take up a new appointment at Dalhousie under the Biology Board of Canada. Science students who go forward to Dalhousie will still have the great benefit of studying under Dr. Mennie. For that work and whatever may lie beyond it, he and Mrs. Mennie take with them our heartiest wishes and goodwill.
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.
J.L. Paton, M.A.