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A committee of Union Philosophical Society and Belles Lettres Society members is formed to revise the "Joint Rules" for using the libraries.  The Dickinsonian defends its existance in the wake of complaints from students.  Seniors begin...

Complaints are aired about the random nature of the oratorical awards given by the Literary societies.  The Sophomores beat the Freshmen in baseball 53 to 4.  The Belles Lettres Society holds its annual Sophomore Contest, as does the Union...

Commencement and Junior Oratorical Contest speeches are summarized and published.  The 102nd annual Commencement is held, as well as the Junior contest and alumni reunions for classes and for the societies.  Professor Little leaves Dickinson...

The junior class decides to publish a "Microcosm," the first in many years to do so.  The Jacob Tome Scientific Building is opened.  The college is taking athletics more seriously, and the number of enrolled students increases.  With the opening...

The Freshman class is divided into factions, pro-co-ed and anti-co-ed.  The gymnasium opening is postponed for another school year.  The Athletic Association holds the first Field Day, and it is a great success. 

Cheating and cutting are discussed and criticized.  The Dickinson Philharmonic Club is organized.  Dickinson plays Swarthmore in football, losing 6 to 34.  Dickinson's football team also plays a team from the Harrisburg Cricket Club, winning 16...

Plans for an inter-society debate are taking shape.  Calls for a song about Dickinson are published.  Inter-class baseball games are planned between the Seniors, Juniors, and Freshmen.  The Bosler Memorial Library Hall is almost finished, and in...

The Senior class splits over elections for Class Day due to fraternity alliances, so it appears as though they will not hold one.  The popularity and purpose of society anniversaries is discussed. 

The formation of the Inter-Collegiate Athletic Association of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Inter-Collegeiate Baseball Association give Dickinson students access to larger fields of play and more opponents.  Efforts to produce a Microcosm...

The challenge of combining and cataloguing the society libraries is discussed.  The Ramblers' Walking Club is the latest craze at Dickinson.  The Sophomore Oratorical Contest is planned.  The recently formed Pennsylvania Inter-Collegiate Baseball...

Rumors that President McCauley will resign are dispelled by multiple sources.  Some minor renovations are made to the college during the clean-up of the mess after the construction of Bosley Memorial Library Hall.  Two baseball games, played...

Tempers flare and issues arise regarding the rumors of President McCauley's resignation.  Dickinson is challenged to a boat race by Wilson College in Chambersburg, but it is cancelled due to an injury.  The Union Philosophical Society holds their...

The 103rd annual Commencement Week is held.  Bosler Memorial Library Hall is formally presented to the Board of Trustees in an elaborate ceremony.  Professor Lindsay is elected to a full professorship position for Chemistry.  The baseball team...

A portrait of Mr. Jacob Tome, donor of the Tome Scientific Building, is placed in the lecture hall of Dr. Himes.  South College undergoes dramatic renovation and is renamed the Preparatory School.  Freshman lose the Cane Rush. 

Strong censure is placed on some members of the Freshmen class after they haze a fellow first-year student as punishment for attending recitation on time.  A Mr. W. C. Allision of Philadelphia donates funds so that Memorial Hall can be heated in...

Phi Beta Kappa is granted a charter for Dickinson College.  The football program comes under scrutiny after the death of E. Herbert Garrison the previous month.  Rumors fly around the school regarding the admittance of a "colored boy" in the...

The history, present condition, and staff of the college are all outlined in an extensive piece.  The college's Philharmonic Club is reorganized.

A legal case agaisnt the Faculty erupts after a student is suspended for the hazing of a Freshman student earlier in the school year, and multiple students are called to testify.  Funds are raised to equip the new gymnasium with equipment.

The legal battle between the Faculty and a reprimanded student over the issue of freshman hazing reaches a peak when Judge Sadler issues a mandamus against the Faculty.  To this point, a very detailed summary of the case proceedings is presented...

The Union Philosophical Society celebrates its 98th anniversary in Bosler Memorial Hall. The walk between West College and South College is "almost impassible" in rainy weather.

The Class Tree of 1873 is sawed down in an act of vandalism.  The seniors go on the traditional class ride.  The baseball team goes undefeated for 6 games against Mechanicsburg, Lehigh, Chambersburg, and Carlisle. 

The Belles Lettres and Union Philosophical Socities abolish their initiation fees.  The Belles Lettres Sophomore Contest  and Union Philosophical Society Sophomore Contest are held.  A group of undergraduate students steal from a senior reception...

Commencement is held.  The Junior Class Oratorical Contest is held.  The Board of Trustees defends President McCauley and the actions of the Faculty regarding the Hill Case.  Sigma Chi, Chi Phi, and Phi Kappa Psi hold banquets.  Field Day is held...

The gymansium is finally outfitted with the proper equipment, as well as a superintendent to instruct students.  Two students die over the summer; Samuel Philson Black '89 of Consumption (Tuberculosis), and Charles Bambridge Morse '90 of heart...

The Dickinsonian criticizes students for poor behavior during chapel exercises, and chastizes the freshman class for not acting as a better "police force" to keep unwanted visitors off campus, as was custom at this time.  Emory Hall...

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