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100 years ago: Manners, habits of KU students criticized by professor

October 7, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 7, 1913:

"Again the girls of the University came in for their share of criticism along with that of many other habits and traits of the average student which Professor E. C. Wilcox made the basis of his chapel talk this morning. Prof. Wilcox's subject, 'Things I Do Not Like,' gave him wide latitude for criticism and he minced no words in giving it. At the start of his talk, however, he tempered what he intended to say by telling the students that his criticism was meant in a friendly way and that sometimes the criticism of our friends is the best thing for us.... 'I do not like to see a group of young girls all dressed in loud and extreme dress. If the girls do this for admiration let me tell them that it is not always in admiration that people look at them. More often it is disdain rather than admiration,' Professor Wilcox pointed out.... 'We ought to have a respect for our language,' he said, 'and keep it on a high plane. As we love a handsome face and good clothes we should love an attractive language.' Smoking of pipes by the men students; their habit of smoking in the presence of ladies; the familiarity of students and lack of formality; the frivolities indulged in on Sunday; and many other phases of student life were touched on in Prof. Wilcox's talk.... This is the first of the chapel talks to be given by professors each Tuesday. A very small number of students and faculty attended chapel this morning."

"'Here Taught For Fourteen Years, 1877-1891, JAMES HULME CANFIELD, Professor of History and Political Science. This Tablet in His Memory Is Placed By Admiring Friends and Students -- 1913 -- He Loved the State and Was Loved By Its Children.' The above inscription engraved on a bronze tablet will be placed in Room 110 Fraser hall at the University of Kansas this week. The memorial was provided by Prof. Canfield's old students under the direction of Col. Wilder S. Metcalf. The formal unveiling will take place during Commencement week. Prof. Canfield was very popular with his students although he was the center of a political storm because of his economic doctrines.... From K. U. Prof. Canfield went to the University of Nebraska as chancellor and later became librarian at Columbia University where he remained until his death about three years ago."

"Lightning last night struck a wheat stack at the Ed. Deay farm in the Pleasant Grove neighborhood. Fire followed and two stacks of grain were lost. Each would average about 250 bushels."


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