Magill’s 100 Rules: General Laws

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This is part 8 in a 9 part series on Magill’s rules.

Swarthmore College has a long and deep history. Daily, we are reminded of this in small ways: by the names and dates on memorial plaques; the wear and architecture of buildings; the stature and grandeur of trees, and so much more. At The Daily Gazette, we aim to be a forum for relevant news and discourse. No less important though, is our role (and the role of all campus publications) in preserving institutional memory. In that spirit, we present to you the part 8 in the series “Magill’s 100 Rules,” courtesy of the sesquicentennial website.

 General Laws
  1. All passing of letters or notes in class, lectures, collections, or elsewhere is forbidden.
  2. During the change of classes there must be no loud talking or disorder on the halls or stairways, or in the classrooms or study rooms.
  3. Students and others residing in the College, having friends visiting them, are required to obtain tickets for meals in advance. The proceeds of the sale of these tickets go the library.
  4. Students are not to take dishes or other articles from the dining room to their own rooms.
  5. Students on leaving their chambers during the evening must turn down or extinguish their lights.
  6. All students of the Preparatory School, except Class C, are required to attend two collections at the close of the morning and afternoon sessions, and such others as may be established by the Faculty.
  7. All students are required to attend the religious meetings on the First day of the week, and also those held at the opening of the exercises on other days.
  8. Boating, swimming, skating, ball playing, and other sports are forbidden on the First day of the week. Boating, swimming, and skating are allowed only under such regulations as are established by the Faculty, and duly announced.
  9. When any conduct tending to general disorder occurs in a class or general collection, the instructor in charge, not detecting the offenders, may select students from those sitting in the part of the room where it is observed and detain them on holidays or during delinquent sessions, unless the offenders acknowledge their guilt; or they may inflict such other penalty as may be necessary to prevent disorder.

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Edward Magill

As a young man, Edward Hicks Magill joined Swarthmore's faculty when it opened in 1869 and continued to hold teaching positions while president, including professor of mental and moral philosophy.

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