From the Lawrence Daily World of Feb. 15, 1904:
"Late news is that early Japanese victories in the war with Russia are being offset by Russian successes in land engagements. While Russians seem to prevail on land, the Japanese seem to have the advantage in water engagements. ... North Lawrence is in need of many things but the two most vital are street lights and city water. The area has been almost without city water and street lights since the floods last spring ... The registrar's books at the university show that 225 students out of the whole number of 1,250 failed to pass the last examination. This is the largest number of failures recorded at the school. Work and examinations have become harder and rules more severe. There were 62 who flunked out of school but a few of these have been reinstated. The largest list of failures was in the engineering school. Out of 290 students in the school, 85 failed and 22 of this number were sent home. There were 110 failures in the art school. Some of the worst students seem to be athletes. Out of the 65 applicants for positions on the different teams, only 12 are eligible."