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study, and afforded a much more valuable means of physical cultute than any system of gymnastics.
The labor is compensated in proportion to the ability and fidelity of each laborer, the maximum compensation being eight cents an hour. Many students voluntarily worked over hours, and received for such overwork twelve and a half cents an hour. The expe rience of the term tended to confirm the belief that this union and alternation of mental and inuscular effort will not only give the “sound mind in a sound body," but will help to produce educated men who will be strong, practical, and self-reliant, full of resource, and practical in judgment, the physical equals of the strongest, and the mental peers of the wisest; redeeming higher education from the odium of puny forms and pallid faces, and restoring the long lost and much needed sympathy between educated men and the great industrial and business classes.
It is not expected that all prejudice against work will disappear at once, or that labor will at once assume for all, its position of native dignity and honor; but we may confidently hope, if our increasing numbers do not render it impracticable to furnish profitable employment, finally to overcome the strongest prejudices, and render the labor system one of the most popular features of the University, with the public as well as with the students themselves.
THE UNIVERSITY UNIFORM.
Under the authority of the act of incorporation the Trustees have prescribed that all the students shall wear the University uniform. This uniform consists of a suit of cadet-gray mixed cloth, of the same color and quality as that worn at West Point, and manufactured by the same establishment.
The coat is a single-breasted frock, buttoned to chin, with standing collar, and a trimming of black mohair cord on shoulders, in loops. The vest is also single-breasted, buttoned to chin, with standing collar. Buttons for coat and vest are manufactured purposely for the University. They are gilt, of medalion style, the design being a sheaf of wheat surrounded with the words, “Illinois
Industrial University.” The pants have a welt of dark blue in the outside seams. The suit is a very tasteful dress, and is substantial and enduring. An arrangement has been made with responsible parties to furnish the suits to students at twenty-seven dollars each. Students can procure them ready made on their arrival here.
The University cap is of dark blue cloth, and ornamented with the initials I. I. U., surrounded by a silver wreath in front.
The arms and equipments used in the drill are furnished by the State.
Students will wear their uniform always on parade, but in their rooms, and at recitation, may wear other clothing. An army blouse, or fatigue dress, will be furnished at low rates to those that want it.
The Legislature prescribed that one Honorary Scholar shall be admitted froin each county in the State. These scholarships, which are designed for the benefit of the descendants of soldiers and seamen who served in the armies and navies of the United States during the late rebellion,” entitle the incumbents to free tuition. The Trustees have also authorized the Faculty of the University to remit the tuition of worthy youug men whose circumstances are such as to require this aid.
A movement has been started to secure in each county of the State the endowment of a Prize Scholarship, with a permanent fund of $1,000 for each. The plan contemplates that the income of thus fund shall be annually awarded to the best scholar from the public schools of the county, who shall present himself as a candidate for the University. The scholarship shall be determined by a competitive examination, to be held in each county, under the direction of the Regent of the University and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The examinations will be held the first Friday in September, or at such time and place as the County Superintendent of Schools may appoint. Honorary scholars will be examined at the same time. Only a few of the counties have as yet provided for the prize scholarship, but it is hoped that a prize of greater or less amount will be provided in each county in which a worthy candidate shall be selected.
STUDENTS' DORMITORIES AND BOARD.
There are in the University building about sixty-five private rooms for students, which are rented to the students who first apply. Each room is designed for the accommodation of two students. These rooms are fourteen feet long and ten feet wide. They are without any furniture, it being deemed best that students shall furnish their own rooms. It is earnestly recommended for health's sake that each student have a separate bed. A narrow bedstead and mattress, with suitable clothing, should be provided by each. A study table, chairs, and a small coal stove, may be provided in common by the occupants of a room.
There is a boarding hall in the University building, where good board is provided at the lowest practicable rates. These rates will not exceed $3 50 per week. Good private boarding houses are already springing up around the University, where either day board, or board and rooms can be obtained, with the advantages of the family circle. Several students have provided themselves with meals in their rooms at an expense varying from $1 to $1 50
To avoid unnecessary litter about the grounds, coal is purchased by the University at wholesale, and furnished to students at cost.
TERMS AND VACATIONS.
The college year is divided into three terms of twelve weeks each. The work of the term will in all cases commence on Monday morning, and students who fail to be present at the opening will be expected to make up, by private study, every lesson which may have been passed over by their classes. Examination of new students will be held the Saturday preceding the opening of the term.
The only vacations are, the holiday recess, including Christmas and New Year's, a vacation of one week between the winter and spring term, and the long vacation at the close of the third term.
The calendar for 1868–9 will be as follows:
Tuition to Illinois students. ...
$16 00 per annum. Tuition to foreign students.
20 00 Fee for incidentals.
2 60 per term. Room rent for each student..
4 00 Room rent is only charged to students who room in the University building.
Each student is required to pay a Matriculation fee of $10 on first entering the Institution. This entitles him to membership till he completes his studies.
Honorary and Prize Scholars pay no tuition fee, but pay all other fees.
All bills due the University must be paid, and the Treasurer's receipt be shown to the Regent, before the student can enter the classes. Students boarding in University Hall will be required to deposit with the Steward $10 each, to apply on their board bills at the close of the term.
The annual expense of a residence at the University, exclusive of books and clothing, will be nearly as follows: Tuition, room rent, and incidentals, from....
$34 50 to $39 50 Board in Hall...
108 00 to 126 00 Fuel and lights....
10 50 to 15 60 Washing, 76c. per dozen.....
10 00 to 16 00
Many young men reduce the expense to within $100 a year, and pay this by their labor during the year. It onght to be known that any young man can pay his way through college who is willing, for the sake of an education, to practice steadily the virtues of industry and economy.
The University is designed for men, not children, and its government rests in an appeal to the manly feeling and sense of honor of its students. It has but one law, and that is, “DO RIGHT.” If any student shall show himself so weak or corrupt that he can not, when thus treated, refrain from vicious conduct, he will receive permission to leave the institution, where his presence can only injure others, without being of any benefit to himself. But no pains will be spared to counsel the inexperienced, to admonish the careless, and to save the tempted. Especially will it be an object to establish and maintain that high toned, refined, and honorable public sentiment, which is at once the best safeguard against meanness and vice, and a constant inspiration to nobleness and virtue.
Two Literary societies have already been organized by the students—the Philomathean, and the Adelphic—and measures are being takeu by each to secure libraries.
Acknowledgements are due to the following gentlemen for valuable donations to the University :
L. Vandesyde, Calumet, 1 set reed mats.
Kalamazoo three-horse clevis.
age Beher wheat, imported from Egypt. T. W. Lachore, Blue Island, 2 wheel hoes. B. Dornblazer, Joliet, 1 Hoosier riding or walking cultivator, and 1 double shovel
plough. J. C. Wilson, Crete, 1 patent rotary harrow. Phønix, Bloomington, 100 rose bushes, and collection of flowering shrubs and
bedding plants. Edgar Sanders, Chicago, 100 select bedding plants. P. S. Merevale, Chicago, 1 Allen's Weeder, 1 hexamer pronged boe. Joseph Mainhofer, Ottawa, 1 Messenger, or Gopher cultivator, with extra shares. John Deere, Moline, 1 improved P. P. plow. 0, M. Railsback, Champaign, 300 select green-house and bedding plants. Jacob Strayer & Co., South Bend, Ind., 1 Statesman force feeding grain drill,
grass sower and surveyor.