The Centennial History of Tufts College, 1952

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Student Life Through the Years

Student Life Through the Years


Other extracurricular activities besides

sports had an early beginning at Tufts. In 1864 the first issue of the , the first college publication, appeared. The celebrated its semicentennial in 1946. The , as the college annual is now
called, replaced the which began in the 1880's. The or freshman bible has been published for almost fifty years. The and special publications of the Medical and Dental Schools now also appear regularly.

The Glee Club, founded in 1866, started a great tradition in music which under Professor Leo R. Lewis, '87, early brought great distinction to Tufts and won it the name of "the singing college." the hymn of the college, with words by Maulsby, '87, and music by Lewis has


inspired many generations at Tufts. and with music by Newton, '90, and Hayes, '16, are among the other favorite songs of the college. A book of 369 pages, by H. A. Hersey, '03, was published in 1947. In this book are included the history of the Tufts orchestra, string quartets, instrumental groups, student operettas and a long series of "Tufts Nights at the Pops." Tufts was the first college to have a special night at Symphony Hall.

In the early years students were not

permitted to leave the town of Medford in which their dormitory rooms were located without special permission from the faculty. The young college was active in the life of Medford. The establishment of the "College Hill" post office, however, contributed in setting off the academic community from its parent Medford. More and more "the Hill" became an independent village. Where Tufts'
own golf course now has its smooth greens and even beyond the present Powder House Boulevard was an extensive pond. This was used for boating in the spring and autumn and for skating in winter. In the early days most of the members of the faculty of the college owned cows which were pastured on the shores of this pond. The remains of the orchards and stables of this earlier agricultural day may still be seen by the observant passer-by on the slope of the hill below Professors Row.

Student activities have continued to

develop at Tufts as the college has grown. Today there are many undergraduate societies. Tower Cross, Ivy, and Sword and Shield are respectively the senior, junior, and sophomore


societies. Departmental, religious, and hobby
clubs have also been started and now flourish on the campus. For almost eighty years there has been a chess club at Tufts. One has only to look at the bulletin board in the Kursaal
(the student soda fountain) or the Taberna (the student book store) to gain an idea of the multiplicity of student activities which have grown from the two grave literary societies of pre-Civil War days. An alumni office and a placement office keep in touch with graduates and with employers of Tufts students after they leave the Hill.