100 years ago: Compulsory military training not favored by KU students

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 24, 1916:

  • “Compulsory military training in schools is not favored by Kansas University students who took enough interest in the International Polity club straw ballot to vote. On the other hand, there is a large majority in favor of increased armament for the United States and for the administration’s plan for increased army and navy…. Fewer than three hundred students voted, of whom twenty-four were women. If the votes of the women who did vote is taken as a criterion, the K. U. women students are against preparedness while the men of the school take an opposite view.”
  • “A number of children at the State Orphans Home at Atchison who are afflicted with minor physical deformities will be given expert attention by the medical school of the University of Kansas according to an arrangement recently made between the state board of control and the board of educational administration. It is the policy of the Orphans Home to send its inmates to desirable homes but the children who have club feet, cross-eyes, or other deformities have difficulty in finding places. Such of these cases as can be remedied by surgical attention will be taken care of by the University of Kansas.”
  • “Eight o’clock in the morning, the present hour at which devotional services are held at Fraser hall each morning, is satisfactory to most of the 359 University students who have answered the questionnaires sent out by the University chapel committee…. A fifty per cent increase in attendance at the morning prayers has followed the sending out of the blanks asking the students whether they were interested in the chapel.”
  • “Harold Thorpe, a freshman in Kansas University, has received notice that he has been appointed to West Point for 1917. Thorpe, whose home is at Lakin, had an appointment to the Naval academy at Annapolis last year but failed to pass the physical examination. This year he is counting on his gymnasium work in Robinson gymnasium to remedy this difficulty.”