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4. Geology-Recitations and Lectures. Text-book : Le Conte's Geology. Three hours
a week, second and third terms. 72 hours.
1. Lectures----Analysis of Human Nature; Elements of Conduct; Laws of Attention
and Habit, as affecting character ; selecting and Confirming Dispositions ; Ideals of Character, etc. Two hours a week through the year.
EXPENSES AND ACCOMMODATIONS.
Tuition and incidental expenses are $9.00 a term. Library fee, 50 cents a term. These are the only expenses in the literary department, aside from the cost of living, books, etc.
The expenses of a year at College, for tuition, board, room-rent, and fuel, will vary from $90.00 to $150.00, according to the manner of living.
In cases where the parent or student does not care to be troubled about the arrangement of details the College will supply the student with board, room-rent, fuel, tuition and incidental charges in the literary department for $150.00 per year, of which amount $58.00 shall be paid in the fall term, and $46.00 each of the remaining two terms.
In the College Dining Hall the past year, board has cost about $2.00 per week. In clubs it ranges from $1.00 to $1.50 per week. The College gives special facilities to students wishing to economize in this respect. Rooms supplied with cooking-stoves, utensils, cupboards, etc., are furnished both to young gentlemen and ladies wishing to board themselves. The authorities of the institution fell that every practicable facility that can be afforded should be supplied those who are struggling for an educatiou under difficulties.
The following table gives some idea of the expenses for one year at college. The board is, of course, the principal item of expense. This item varies according to the manner of boarding :
College charges, one year
-$28.50 to $28.50
12.00 4.00 16
$95.50 to $180.50
A laboratory fee of 85.00 is charged students who take the course in Analyt. ical Chemistry.
A diploma fee of $5.00 is charged to those graduating.
The Boarding Hall, in connection with the College, is conducted by parties under supervision of the Faculty and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees. By this arrangement, the price of boarding per week will not, it is believed, exceed $2.00; and any variation in the price will hereafter depend upon the changes that occur in the prices of necessary supplies. It is the purpose of those having charge of the hall to keep the price of board as low as circumstances will justify, in order to cover actual expenses.
No student will be registered for less than a consecutive half term of lessons in any department of the College. No discount will be made for lessons missed through the neglect of the student.
In November, 1886, our chapel building was unroofed by storm. The repair of the walls and roof of the chapel has been accomplished at an expense of about twelve hundred dollars, which sum has been generously donated by friends of the College.
During the year the finances of the college have been improved by an addition of $13,548.70 to the invested endowment funds. These additions were largely from bequests by friends of the college. The following is an itemized statement of the additions referred to: Sunday School Chair..
$827 54 Lake Estate...
2,506 68 Detroit Lots....
1,650 00 Calvin Estate.
449 35 Sill Estate..
14 10 Reeves Estate.
1,907 18 Memorial Chair..
32 00 People's Chair..
665 00 Ladies' Chair.
40 85 Bills Receivable...
456 00 Wm. Morrison Estate.
Measures are being pushed forward that must largely increase our resources. Our outlook for the future in this direction is certainly hopeful.
REPORT OF BOARD OF VISITORS.
Hox. JOSEPH ESTABROOK,
Superintendent of Public Instruction : DEAR SIR,—Two members of the committee appointed to visit Adrian College for the year 1887, have performed that duty, and respectfully submit the following report :
Our visit was made in the latter part of March. As our coming was unheralded, we found the College in the midst of its regular, every day work. We were present at the morning chapel service, and were greatly pleased to see the room filled with students, and to witness the interest manifested in the exercises. President Stephens was absent on business during a part of the time of our visit, but through the courtesy of Professor C. E. Wilbur every opportunity was extended to us to observe the work of teachers and pupils in the various class-rooms.
To us the work of instruction appeared to be well done in all departments. The literary societies are well organized, and so conducted as to assist the students in acquiring skill in writing, public speaking, debates, etc. The exercises are open to the public.
Another commendable feature which we noted was, that the moral as well as the intellectual development of the students is carefully looked after.
The interests of the Theological Department of the College are in the care of Professor McElroy, who, having had many years of solid work in that line, is well adapted to the work, and is doing excellent service.
The Commercial department, as far as we were able to observe its methods and work, is of real value. Penmanship, book-keeping, stenography, etc., are taught with more than ordinary thoroughness.
The library contains 10,000 volumes, and is largely patronized by the students, as is also the reading-room in connection with it.
The museum of Adrian college is deserving of particular mention. We were greatly surprised with its extent and value. The room in which the thousands of specimens are arranged is well adapted to its purpose. We would modestly suggest that the animals, birds, shells and minerals, together with the room itself, would show to still greater advantage if they were a little more carefully looked after.
The location and surroundings of the college are all that could be desired for beauty, health and quiet study. It has four large buildings, and twenty acres of ground. The chapel was badly damaged in a late storm by being partly unroofed. It will cost $2,000 to repair the injury. What this school needs, in common with nearly every other institution of learning, is more students and more money. Of the former, it has between two and three hundred, one-third of whom are females. Of the latter it has a productive endowment of $125,000. We do not hesitate to commend Adrian college to the patronage of the people.
ELISHA E. CASTER,
REPORT OF THE PRESIDENT.
Hon. JOSEPH ESTABROOK, Superintendent of Public Instruction :
SIR-I have the honor to present my report of the condition and work of Albion College for the year ending June 23, 1887.
The institution, as at present conducted, consists of six departments, the purpose of the work in these several departments, and the time required to perform said work, appearing in the following epitome:
Providing four courses of study requiring the same time-four years-for completion. Conferring four first degrees, B. A., B. Ph., B. S., and B. L.
CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC.
Providing a four years' Musical Course. A diploma granted on graduation.
Providing a six years' Musical and Literary Course. Degree of B. Mua conferred.
SCHOOL OF PAINTING.
Providing a four years' Painting Course—student receiving a diploma on graduation.
Providing a six years' Painting and Literary Course. Degree of B. P. conferred.
This school prepares for each of the four college courses and covers a period of four years of instruction.
This department is arranged for students who do not desire to prepare for college, or take any of the languages.
This department is arranged on a plan to furnish considerable literary work with commercial studies, so as to send out intelligent business men.
I herewith append a brief analysis of the instruction given in the college and preparatory school. This will give information-in most cases—as to the text books used, the time devoted to each branch, the principles underlying the methods employed, together with the subjects required and those which are elective.
1. The principal aim of this course is the acquisition of a knowledge of the essentials of French grammar, and of an ability to translate at sight ordinary French prose. Books to be used :, Bôcher's Reader; ErckmannChatrian, Le Conscrit de 1813; George Sand, Francois le Champi, or their equivalents—three terms. The grammar part is taught by talks.
II. The object of this course is to learn to read French without translating it into English. The work in class is carried on in French as much as possible. Books to be used : Augier et Sandeau, Le Gendre de M. Poirier; Alexander Dumas, Le Capitaine Pamphile; George Sand, La Petite Fadette -Spring term.
III. In this course students read Molière's Le Misanthrope and Le Tartuffe in class, and they are required also to bring into class written resumés of other plays of Molière. Fall term.
IV. Racine's Athalie and Berenice are read and commented upon in class, and a few plays read as home-reading. Winter term.
V. Some of Corneille's plays are read and explained in French. La Fontaine's fables are committed to memory. During this term attention is given to the historical part of French grammar.
VI. In this course, which extends over two terms, the French literature of the 17th century is discussed. Some of the works of the French writers of this period are read at home.
VII. The spring term is devoted to studying historical French grammar, based on Brachet's Grammaire Historique de la langue Francaise.
I. The elementary course aims at reading ordinary German prose at sight, and at getting a knowledge of the essential parts of German grammar. Books to be used : Zschokke's Nenjahrsnacht; Eichendorff's Taugenichts; Fougué's Undine; some of P. Heyse's shorter stories.
II. Historical works are read, such as are found in the Neue Plutarch; Freytag's Bilder aus neuer Zeit. Winter term.
III. Selections from the works of Goethe, Schiller, Lessing, etc., are read and discussed without translating the lessons. Spring term.
IV. Selections from Luther's writings. Talks given on the history of German grammar, based on Brandt's historical German grammar. Winter and Spring Terme.