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APPENDIX XIII

REPORT OF THE WARDEN OF SAGE COLLEGE.

To the President of the University:

Sir:- I have the honor to submit my report as Warden of Sage College for the year 1908-9.

The number of women students registered at the Warden's office for the first term was 371, for the second term 360. The following table indicates the distribution of these women by place of residence:

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Those described as "scattered" boarded either with friends or relatives in town or, in small groups of two, three, or four, had rooms together in quiet neighborhoods. Several women of maturer years lived in Cascadilla Building; otherwise no women students roomed there except such as were accompanied by their mothers or other responsible persons. From the beginning care was taken to make sure that all these women were living under desirable conditions and

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in the course of the year each one was called upon by the Warden or her assistant. In one instance four students who were found to be without adequate chaperonage were required to move up to Sage Cottage.

The health of the women has in the main been extremely good. Miss Mildred Reed of the senior class died at her home during the Easter holidays under the anaesthetic for an operation. Two other women underwent successful operations for appendicitis in the University Infirmary. There has been no other case of illness acute enough to deserve report and for weeks out of the year the women's room at the Infirmary has stood empty.

Doctor Ebba Almgren, Cornell '07, now practicing in New York City, has filled the position of Medical Examiner ably and acceptably, carrying on and developing the system inaugurated by Doctor Barringer. She has made five visits to Ithaca during the year, holding the usual examinations and office hours and giving four talks on personal hygiene to the freshman class. On the occasion of her second visit in November, women entering for the short course in Agriculture for the first time received physical examination and medical advice as new students in all other courses do.

Miss Canfield, Director of the Physical Training Department, reports that 158 women have taken work of one kind or another in the gymnasium. Eighteen sophomores and freshmen have been excused for part or all of the year because of heavy outside work which they were performing in order to meet their College expenses; thirty-two more because of physical delicacy have been placed at different times on special schedules of walking or resting periods or have been given exercises particularly devised for their individual needs. Miss Elsie Sameth of the senior class was early in the fall appointed Assistant to the director, and once a week from the first of November until June has held classes in folk dancing to which students of the necessary physical ability and dexterity in simple dancing have been admitted. The innovation has been popular as a pleasant variation upon ordinary gymnastic drill.

The basketball season began as always in November and lasted through March. Fifty-four women in all took part in the playing during the season. Mr. Gilbert, University instructor in athletics and basketball coach to the women last year, acted as coach for the second time. With his approval the preliminary class games were played earlier than usual, near the first of March, while the final tournament took place about the usual date, at the end of the month. By this change the period of excitement for the teams was rendered less concentrated and intense than it has been in years when all the games were played off within three or four days, and the danger of excessive fatigue, it is thought, was distinctly lessened. The Rowing Club this spring has counted thirty-two members. They were coached first on the rowing machines and later on Lake Beebe by the rowing manager and Miss Canfield. The inter-class race between sophomores and freshmen was rowed at the end of the season and begins already to be something of a social event. The Tennis Club has used a court on the new athletic field as well as the two on the north side of Sage and has held its customary tournament with success at the close of the year. During the month of May, Miss Canfield has occasionally used the athletic field as the meeting place for regular gymnasium classes in order to have the benefit of the out-door air, and has substituted simple games for the ordinary exercises.

The Women's Self Government Association has continued to develop along lines both old and new. In the fall the new constitution described in the Warden's report of last year (p. lxxxviü) was formally adopted and put into force. Self government committees were organized in each house where women to the number of ten or more were living. Representatives from these house committees and also from the more scattered women meet together monthly in a general executive committee to pass upon all questions of more than local interest and to keep the several branches of the organization informed about one another. These general committee meetings proved from the outset surprisingly fruitful of discussion and suggestion and lasted often until late into the evening. Among the measures proposed and eventually carried through upon the Committee's recommendation were the creation of a special committee to have oversight and care of the “scattered” women who live singly or in little groups up and down the town, the installation of a “point system,” by which a limit is set to the number of student offices a woman may hold at any one time or in any one year, and the organization of a small “Census bureau" to keep record of the offices held by every student during the University course. The house committee at Sage College was considerably enlarged in order to make it more genuinely representative of the many different circles in the College constituency.

Early in November the president and a second delegate from the Association attended the Conference of the Intercollegiate Associa

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tion of Student Government Organizations at Mount Holyoke College. The secretary of the conference this year was also from Cornell and in addition the chairman of the student committee of the Alumnae House was sent by friends of the house. Thus four Cornell women enjoyed the stimulus and profit to be obtained from this gathering of the leading women of the principal colleges for women in the East. The invitation to hold the conference next November at Cornell was formally delivered and accepted. The president of the conference for next year will accordingly be a Cornell woman and an unusual opportunity to promote for the University a reputation for collegiate hospitality and courtesy will be in the hands of the officers of the Self Government Association and the women at large. The social life of the women of the University has gone its usual

The annual reception to the Faculty and Trustees was held in December. In April the Warden entertained the dean of Wells College and the house mistress of William Smith College for a day and a night, inviting the members of the senior class to meet them in the afternoon. At the same time the members of the Sage College house committee entertained the presidents of the Student Government Associations of those colleges and of the women of Syracuse University. The innumerable other functions of the year, teas, dinner parties, dances, excursions, stunts, and dramatics have duly taken place. A movement for raising the standard of the women's dramatics has been started and it is thought, will produce results another year. The Warden has been at home to students regularly on Thursday evenings.

Several advocates of special causes have spoken in the Sage reception rooms, Miss Paxson on the student volunteer movement, Miss Holmquist on Christian Association work, Miss Smith on the Summer Bible School, Miss Helen Phelps Stokes and Miss Sanford on socialism, and Miss Caroline Lexow on equal suffrage. As a consequence of Miss Lexow's visit a branch of the National Equal Suffrage League was started among the students with a membership of about fifteen.

In closing my report I should like to make mention of the intelligent support and excellent service rendered throughout the year by Miss Hickman, Assistant to the Warden.

Respectfully submitted,
Louise Ropes LOOMIS,

Warden of Sage College.

APPENDIX XIV

REPORT OF THE REGISTRAR

To the President of the University:

Sir:--I have the honor to submit herewith my thirteenth annual report as Registrar of the University. The report covers the academic year 1908-1909, including the Summer Session of 1909.

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THE YEAR

Days in Sun

Session days
First term, Sept. 29-Jan. 27

89
First term, vacation, Jan. 28, 29
Christmas vacation, Dec. 23-Jan. 5
Second term, Jan. 30-June 17

18
Easter vacation, April 3-April 12
Summer vacation, June 18-July 4
Summer Session, July 5-Aug 13

35 5 Summer vacation, Aug. 14-Sept. 27

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days tion Total
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107 2 2

14 14 2

129 IO IO 17 17

40 45 45

In addition to the 233 days in session given above, the University Library was open every day in the year except holidays and there was no time during the year when college activities entirely ceased. The shops and some of the laboratories were also open during nearly all the vacation period.

STUDENTS

The table given on page cxvii, which shows the attendance for 1908-1909, gives the number of students who have received instruction this year, including those in the 1909 Summer Session and in the Winter Courses in Agriculture, but excluding duplicates, as 4,859, an increase over last year's attendance of 394.

The accompanying table shows the attendance in each course since the opening of the University in 1868. Previous to 1897 optional and special students were separately tabulated but now these are distributed as far as possible among the groups to which they belong

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