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A little more than a year ago, a movement was started by a number of ladies interested in the University to erect a Yale Infirmary. The building, situated on Prospect Street, is well under way. There will be 20 bedrooms in all, most of which will contain fireplaces. A library will be provided and every effort will be made to make the place look as homelike as possible, both without and within. There will be as few regulations about the institution as possible, as the aim is to give the inmates entire freedom. A competent man and his wife will have charge of the building and a matron will be employed. Furnished rooms will be provided for friends who may come from out of town to assist in caring for the sick. Those students who are able to do so will be expected to pay for care and treatment, but for others provision will be made in other ways.

“The Yale Infirmary”
July 1892


For the first time in Yale’s history, the Board of Admissions will impose a ten-dollar fee on each applicant, beginning next year. While the new ruling may reduce the number of “idle applications” (those from persons who have little or no intention of matriculating at Yale), the move was made primarily from financial necessity. “The tremendous sum of money spent by the admissions office has made it imperative that candidates share some of the expenses,” explains Arthur Howe Jr., director of the Office of Admissions. At present, the cost to the University is estimated at $20 for each applicant and $80 for each matriculant. Applications have been increasing on an average of eight percent each year for the past five years and could reach a total of 10,000 by 1965.

“The University”
April 1955


Watching undergraduates pile out of WLH after class, I thought it must be the Polo Grounds bleachers. Or a hobo jungle. Nothing but baggy chino pants, shirts with the tails out, naked Adam’s apples, saggy socks, and unpolished loafers. I’ve seen the same at Princeton, and no doubt Harvard’s even worse.

“The Editor’s Window”
November 1963


The argot of the women’s movement seems to have caught up with President Kingman Brewster Jr. In delivering his welcoming remarks to the Class of 1976, Mr. Brewster addressed the 1,350 men and women as “freshpersons.” Now some students wonder if they should refer to Mr. Brewster as “Kingperson.”

“At the University”
November 1972



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