Campus Controversy: 150 years ago

f-2015-05-12-mcandrew-psych-todayFrom: Psychology Today

Professor Frank McAndrew writes in Psychology Today: As I have gotten more “senior” in my years as a professor, I am frequently asked about how students have changed over the years… I am more convinced than ever that there is something essentially eternal about being 19 years old… Specifically, I am referring to the minutes of an emergency meeting of the (Knox College) faculty held on November 30th, 1850… The meeting was apparently called in a hurried response to the burning of one of the college outhouses at 2:00 a.m. the previous night…

Four young fellows finally stepped forward and confessed to the burning… To head-off future problems with students, written guidelines regarding student behavior became more explicit in subsequent years… (Campus rules) dated June 22, 1859 advised… “THE FOLLOWING THINGS ARE ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN… Injuring or defacing any college building or other property..” Read more…