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Through this government the students make their own laws and enforce them. By thus affording a very practical training in civics, the system does much in preparing students for the greater duties imposed by citizenship.
The city government has been in operation since it was organized in 1898. It has proved satisfactory beyond the expectations of its founders. The student body has shown itself worthy of the trust reposed in it by the instructors. And the students themselves are pleased with the condition to such an extent that wherever they go they take steps to procure like privileges.
Copies of the City Charter and plan of government have been requested by the management of several educational institutions and many teachers.
The President and faculty of the University will co-operate with the instructors of the Branch Normal School in giving a course of public lectures during the winter months.
These lectures will be on various scientific, literary, and philosophical subjects of popular interest, the aim being to give the citizens generally some of the educational advantages of the Normal School. Lectures illustrated with stereopticon views will be given frequently.
Lecturers of national reputation will be occasionally procured.
An effort has always been made by the teachers to direct the amusements of the students. A large hall well floored well furnished is provided in the new Science Building, the school is prepared to give proper recreation in the way of dancing, concerts and other social pastimes under the supervision of the teachers.