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P r e s i d e n t D r a p e r , on behalf of t h e E x e c u t i v e C o m m i t t e e of t h e B o a r d of D i r e c t i o n of t h e E x p e r i m e n t S t a t i o n , asked for a n a p p r o p r i a t i o n of $143.00 from E x p e r i m e n t S t a t i o n funds to be used i n p a y i n g t h e balance r e q u i r e d for r e p a i r s on t h e n o r t h b a r n . T h i s a p p r o p r i a t i o n was m a d e on motion of M r . R a y m o n d . O n motion of Mr. M c L e a n , an a p p r o p r i a t i o n of $30.00 was m a d e to p a y Mr. C. D . M c L a n e for p l a n s for a new b a r n . T h e r e q u e s t of t h e Colonel N o d i n e P o s t of t h e Gr. A. R., for t h e use of t h e C h a p e l D e c o r a t i o n D a y , was g r a n t e d . P r e s i d e n t D r a p e r p r e s e n t e d c o m m u n i c a t i o n s from M r . A. C. B u r n h a m , i n s t r u c t o r in m a t h e m a t i c s , a n d Mr. Alfred H . W h i t e , assistant in chemistry, a s k i n g leave of absence, in order t h a t t h e y m i g h t s p e n d n e x t year in s t u d y in E u r o p e . O n motion of Mr. I n g l i s , t h e following r e s o l u t i o n was a d o p t e d : Besolved, That the Board has received with pleasure the applications of Messrs. A. C. Burnham and Alfred H. White, instructors in the University, for a year's absence for study in Europe; that while the employment of instructors is riot continuous, and, therefore, they do not require a leave of absence, yet it is the purpose of the University to encourage study by its teachers in the leading institutions of the world, and in recognition of the worth of these young men the Board approves of the course which they propose to pursue and will undertake to provide positions for them upon the instructional force when they return. O n m o t i o n of Mr. I n g l i s , t h e following resolution was adopted : WHEREAS, Complaint has been made that persons connected with the University have been unduly active in local political contests, and WHEREAS, The Board thinks proper to declare its views touching such matters, although no specific facts have been alleged and there is no thought of reflecting upon any one, therefore Besolved, First, that the Board recognizes the right of any person being a citizen and having a residence in either of the adjacent cities to exercise any of the rights adhering in such citizenship and residence. Second, that nrmost cases there can be no question about teachers in the University acquiring the rights of citizenship here while the status of students in that regard is very uncertain. The question, however, is one which must turn upon the facts of each case and be decided by the local tribunals having jurisdiction thereof. No one should attempt to exercise the suffrage, however, whose right to do so is not clear. Third, that the University should never be involved in any political or partisan issue. In no case should it be made the basis of operations or, its organization used to promote any political end, and to avoid this, or the appearance of it, it is important that all persons connected with it should refrain from political activity. Fourth, that upon recurring political contests the political committees be requested to refrain from sending carriages to the University to secure votes, and that the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds be directed to deny such carriages the privileges of the grounds. In the opinion of the Board it is not consistent with the dignity of young manhood in the student body that members thereof should respond to solicitation to vote for one candidate or another made at the doors of the University. Students who have a right to vote should exercise it upon their own motion and pursuant to their own judgment. G o v e r n o r Alltgeld offered t h e following r e s o l u t i o n :