For our HackOH5 Hackathon there is a sample dataset posted on the event’s website at https://hackoh5.ohio5.org/.  According to the metatags in the *.xml version of files in the sample dataset the file was parsed with <OCRProcessing… abbyy9.version:9.0.0.7394-3> into the original <fileName>…/TheFiveCollegesOfOhio_2012-Paper.  The obvious interpretation is that these scans were created using the ABBYY OCR engine FineReader version 9 released 2007-10-01.

ABBYY recently released FineReader version 14 on 2017-1-24.  OCR’ing old newspapers from microfiche is notoriously error-prone one could expect significant improvements over the last 5 version updates released over the past 9 years.  The question is, how much of an improvement would there be?  As poor text quality is perhaps the biggest limitation in our project, addressing this issue is a high priority.

Fortunately, ABBY has a limited download 30-day trial for their newest OCR software (only the Win has the newest FineReader OCR engine).  Using this, let’s quantify how much improvement we see using several representational data points across the sample dataset.

First, let’s look at the Sep 12, 1890 issue of The Wooster Voice which is printed in a book-like dual column format of largely long-form editorial content.

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Here is an excerpt of the original ABBYY FineReader version 9 OCR text in XML format:

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Running this through the parser BeautifulSoup4 to extract the text embedded in the CONTENT attributes of the <String> tags gives the original FineReader version 9 OCR text as:

3 V The Wooster Voice Vol I WOOSTEII OHIO SEPTEMBER 12 1800 No 1 Tlie WOOSter Voice 9l Irvin Literary Society G G Burns 93 Athletic Association J M Gaston 92 BOARD OF EDITORS Articles f Publication under which t u irruDAw n The Voice is issued provide for the election of 11 II IIERRON EditorinChief i i T nitmr i Importers by each ot the organizations repre K L CAMPBELL Business Manager c T n n V 1 seuted on the Board of Control whose duty ASSOCIATES je jQ jgpyj WCekly the proceedings of Aylette Fullerton Locals and Personals his respective organization Associate Editors W R Newell Religious 0f ability and experience have charge of partic F L Blllakd Miscellaneous ular Departments and they with the strong corps of Reporters provided for insure that the The Woosteii Voice under the supervision of a Board of WU not on y representative but that Control representing I lie Faculty and Students of the Urn 1 1 vcrsity of Woostcr is published every Saturday throughout it will also contain the 11CWS Items of inter t he college year Subscriptions may be left at McClelian est WH1 have a hard time escaping SO many Bros E Liberty St or with the Librarian at the University to I Per Annum in advance l5 diligent Searchers I Six Months In advance 75 w n The Editors solicit communications from Alumni Students W Ust that the changes HOW Operative and friends of the University will meet with the approval of all interested All communications designed for publication should be iiiirp it n n i i addressed to the EditorinChief Correspondence of a busi and tllat ThE VOICE Will receive the hearty ness nature to the Business Manager support of every reader of these lines Ncither v v v r the Editors nor the Board of Control will spare Ilditoril aliv cn01ts to make the paper more worthy of such support with each issue THIS issue begins a new era in Wooster University journalism Most of our We noiE the organizations enumerated above readers are doubtless familiar with fVe will make the election of Reporters a part of changes agreed upon but for the benefit of the business of their first meetings It is im those who are not we restate the facts in the portant that good Reporters be chosen and case that very soon The Uiihienuti Voice has been purchased and combined with The Woosler ColleijUtn and A week ago we received a very neat invita the combination will hereafter be known as tion card postmarked at Brookfield Mo which The Woosteii Voice and published every Sat read about as follows Harry C Myers Clara urday of the school term in the form you now C Bradshaw married at Brookfield Mo Tues see it day August twentysixth eighteen hundred The Voice is under the supervision of a and ninety At Home after September tenth Board of Control representing the Faculty and Harry doubtless thought hed surprise us Students The Faculty have two representa but we refused to be surprised Ever since he fives on the Board Drs S J Kirkwood and left here his friends have had their suspicions Vv Z Bennett The Students have six mem of him and they were prepared to hear the hers representing as many organizations as worst Mr Myers spent the Sophomore and follows Y W C A Miss Winona Hughes Junior years with 90 and surrounded himself 91 AVillard Literary Society Miss Luella while in AVooster with a wide circle of friends Wall ace 92 Y M C A S B Linhart 91 who join The Voice in extending hearty con Athenaan Literary Society W E Henderson gratulations

 

And here is an excerpt of the same file using the newer FineReader version 14 OCR engine:

The “Wooster Voice.
Vol. I.
WOOSTER, OHIO, SEPTEMBER 12, 1890.
No. 1.
The Wooster Voice.
BOARD OF EDITORS.
R. IL HERRON, Editob-in-Chief,
R. L. CAMPBELL, Business Manager.
ASSOCIATES.
Aylette Fullerton, – Locals and Personals. W. IL Newell, —– Religions. F. L. Bullard, – – _ Miscellaneous.
The Wooster Voice, under the supervision of a Board of Control representing the Faculty and Students of the University of Wooster, is published every Saturday throughout the college year. Subscriptions may be left nt McClellan Bros , E. Liberty St., or with the Librarian at I ho University.
Per Annum, In advance, – $1.?5 lERMS. j six Months, in advance, – .75
The Editors solicit communications from Alumni Students and friends of ihe University.
All communications designed for publication should be addressed to the Editor-in-Cbief. Correspondence of a business nature to the Business Manager.
Editorial.
THIS issue begins a new era in Wooster University journalism. Most of our readers are doubtless familiar with n:e changes agreed upon, but for the benefit of those who are not we restate the facts in the case.
The Uninersity Voice has been purchased and combined with The Wooster Colleyian and the combination will hereafter be known as The Wooster Voice and published every Saturday of the school term in the form you now see it.
Tiie Voice is under the supervision of a Board of Control representing the Faculty and Students. The Faculty have two representatives on the Board, Drs. S. J. Kirkwood and W. Z. Bennett. The Students have six members, representing as many organizations, as follows: Y. W. C. A., Miss Winona Hughes, ’91; Willard Literary Society, Miss Luella Wallace, ’92; Y. M. C. A., S. B. Linhart, ’91; Athensean Literary Society, W. E. Henderson,
’91; Irving Literary Society, G. G. Burns, ’93; Athletic Association, J. M. Gaston, ’92.
The Articles of Publication, under which The Voice is issued, provide for the election of Reporters, by each of the organizations represented on the Board of Control, whose duty will be to report, weekly, the proceedings of his respective organization. Associate Editors of ability and experience have charge of particular Departments, and they, with the strong corps of Reporters provided for, insure that the paper will not only he representative, hut that it will also contain the news. Items of interest will have a hard time escaping so many diligent searchers.
We trust that the changes now operative will meet with the approval of all interested and that The Voice will receive the hearty support of every reader of these lines. Neither the Editors nor the Board of Control will spare any efforts to make the paper more worthy of such support with each issue.
* * *
We hope the organizations enumerated above will make the election of Reporters a part of the business of their first meetings. It is important that good Reporters he chosen, and that very soon.
* * *
A week ago we received a very neat invitation card post-marked at Brookfield, Mo., which read about as follows: “Harry C. Myers, Clara C. Bradshaw, married at Brookfield, Mo., Tuesday, August twenty-sixth, eighteen hundred and ninety. At Home after September tenth.”
Harry doubtless thought he’d surprise us, but we refused to he surprised. Ever since he left here his friends have had their suspicions of him and they were prepared to hear the worst. Mr. Myers spent the Sophomore and Junior years with ’90, and surrounded himself, while in Wooster, with a wide circle of friends who join The Voice in extending hearty congratulations.

Here is a comparison between the old version 9 and new version 14 FineReader OCR scans:

FineReader Version 9 (10/07):  620 words, 171 Non-English words (171/620 =  28% Error Rate)

FineReader Version 14 (1/17): 591 words, 14 Non-English words (14/591 = 2.4% Error Rate)


Second, from the Mar 28, 1928 issue of the Oberlin Review where the format is very complicated with many columns and irregular title bars and multiple font sizes/types like a mainstream newspaper.

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Here is the text parsed from an *.xml file created with FineReader version 9:

OBERLIN REVIEW OAVOH VOLUME 55 SENIORS PLAN TO TO COLLEGE DURING NEXT
TEN YEARS AS MEMORIAL TO CLASS CLASS OF 1928 ARRANGES HUGE
GFZTeNTnRsISrT N ANCE POLICIES ALTERNATIVES SUBMITTED Individuals Have
Choice of Three Ways of Giving Quota to Budget lie greatest class
memorial In the history of uborlin college is being cirnted by the class
of 108 for insi il of the familiar type of memor ial arrangements have
been made whorehv a irlft of ubiinl KJI WVt tn be used as the class
stiuplates upon presenrauon 10 uoerun college will he made by this years
graduating clas at their tenth annual reunion The Individual
appropriations which will go to make up the gift are being made in
several days The principal method is That each senior take out with the
Equity Life Insurance Society a 1000 life insur ance polity and that for
a period of ten years he turn over the dividends iiivnnug on said
policies to the treasury of the present graduating class toward the
memorial j hi event or me death ot any one having drawn out n policy t
use is immneii providing lor tnc payment ni one hundred dollars to the
class treasury by t lie beneficiary of the policy upon receipt of which
the bene ficiary will receive a check for all interest that had accrued
on policy to time of the holders death Otherwise the dividends at the
close of the leu year period will be either applied to u i roue uwn iii
t lie annual premiums A 1 11 of this sort is a necessity for the payor
paid directly to the holder of the j f Continue Page 1 j I 13 LEAVES OF
ABSENCE APPROVED BY TRUSTEES Seven College Five Conservatory Fac ulty
Members Granted Furloughs Next Year Ten Professors Will Return From Ab
sences for School Year 192 8to 1929 Seven members of the college fac
iiIm and five members of the Conserj vniory faculty were granted leaves
of sil e nce for next year by the Hoard of IV i tees and one was granted
by the j A evrinSti mIlt feeling of hi ieiitial commutes accord1 to an
t1l v svm realism are the Uiouncement made public mis mom outstanding
characteristics of all at the trustee meeting Spanish art according to
Senora Isa the Wleaves that were granted lo VuhmU Wio lectured Tuesm wus
for 11 Dniester only iiv evpnillg th An building ne list of the leaves
granted is as Snora le ivlemia widely known V as a playwright and author
as well Kuril Gelser professor of political 1S a lecturer illustrated
her lecture i nee one year for study and travel Spinlih raiiting with
actual Continued on puge 2 Spanish costumes which she donned DISCUSSION
GROUPS PLAN DEFINITELY FOR FUTURE Cu ry Life Experiment Units Out line
Work Ahead of Them to Meet Through May The student rllsiisslon groups
which were organized by Dr Bruce nrry to perpetuate the spirit and met
In Hi f tio b0ii invention d here some time airo have been diking
definite plans for the future of types of men and women But during the
last week tnls s1 8111 tho IllilltinS of The educational and
psychological j this country has been unique for il have drawn p
questionnaires i there has been no attempt to tell a Miid which thev
intend to carry on story but only to express a feeling this work The
others as vet have that feeling being sadness clloted no definite
programs The Thus in the end Senora de Palleaders win n fnrrv nextnela
concluded both characteristics Monday evening to complete their plans j
The I inoni fn meet once a k until the last of May when a SeneraJ survey
of the semesters work wil be made The methods ure patterned after those
of similar groups organized by Dr Curry In other col leges These
discussion groups hope to to conclusions which will be of j finite value
to those directly con rned and to the college as a whole Tllv also
promise to be of aid to President Wilkin In his svstematlc 1 GIVE 25000
GROVE PATTERSON WILL SPEAK ATYM MEETING Editor of Toledo Blade to Talk
on Phases of American Politics Sunday Night irove Iattorson 05 oil i tor
of the Toledo Blade is to he the speaker at jtlie weekly meeting of the
Y M C A In 1 lit Mens building Sunday evening His subject will be Some
Phases of American Politics This will serve as an Introduction to the
Mock Convention and open discussion Is to be i bold at the close of the
session 12 FREE SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE GIVEN FRESHMEN Six Men Six Women
Entering Next September to Have Full Term Bills Paid TO INCREASE GRANTS
IN AID Funds Available for Needy Students in Payment of Bills Are Raised
40 Per Cent Authorization was given at the j meeting of the trustees
this morning to grant 12 free scholarships to fresh men entering In
September to cover jthe full amount of the term bills In the college of
arts and sciences iO0 The 12 scholarships are to be divided evenly among
entering men and j women and will be granted to those j who have made
distinguished scholasi tic records in high school and whose i financial
situation is such that aid Th nctl eur Her action of the Hoard
niitirovini f available for scholarship aid in proportion to the rease
in tuition charges which goes into effect next September This increase
is to he approximately 40 per cent over the amount available this past
year NATURE OF SPANISH ART CHARACTERIZED IN TALK Senora Isabel de
Palencia Tells About Latent Feeling of Tragedy Realism of Spain from
time to time to aid in the vis ualization of the masterpieces which were
thrown upon the screen The church she declared has ever been the great
patron of Span Ish art and religious subjects the fav orile of every
painter The second characteristic which Se tiora de Halencia ascribes to
Spanish art Is realism She pointed out that I the warlike unsettled life
of Spain has been unfavorable to landscape painting and so Spanish
gertius has ii its talent toward the portrayal j tunic are merged into
one the portrayal of human types expressing me innate national feeling
or trageuj ERRATUM The statement in Tuesdays issue to the effect that
Charles C Hubbard Jr president of the freshman class will be gone the
remainder of the school year should have read for the remainder of the
present term Hub bard leaving last sunuay frtn nt tinme a lew uays oi
iwuinnuvu Is well on the road to recovery and expects to return to
Oberlin arter OBERLIN OHIO TRUSTEES ENDORSE NEW TYPE OF DIPLOMA TODAY
Board Sanctions Faculty Recommenmendation that Smaller Certificate Be
Given Graduates iS TO HAVE LEATHER CASE Parchment Will be Presented in
Morocco Cover Many Colleges Now Use This Form Endorsement of the rei
imendation of the general faculty to the effect that a new type of
diploma be present ed to graduating classes in the future was made by
the Hoard of Trustees at their meeting this morning The new diplomas are
to be smaller In size presented in a simple Morocco leather case of an
8in by iin size with the words Oberlin College stamped in gold on the
cover replac ing the cumbersome scroll form of diploma which has been
used in the past The Latin Old English script is to be retained The
adoption of this new form is in accordance with a general tendency among
larger colleges and universities to furnish their graduates witli a
handier form of certificate on completion of work Among the schools
which now use this form are jLeland Stanford Universities of Illinjois
and Chicago Smith college and many others In both east and west MME
ONEGIN TO CLOSE ARTIST RECITAL COURSE Swedish Contralto Gives Concert
Monday Night in Finney Chapel at 730 Varied Program of Famous Opera
Singer Holds Much in Store for Listeners Hy M S S The last concert on
this semesters artist course will occur next Monday evening Aprpil 2
when Mine Sigrid Onegln contralto assisted by Franz Dorfmuller pianist
will give a recital in Finney chapel at 730 p m Mine Onegin is an
internationally famous singer on both opera and concert stage who
possesses personal charm as well as a golden voice and profound musical
feeling To quote II A Hollows of Minneapolis I canjhurd workouts such as
blocking and recall no other recital in which a tackling but the time
will be devoted great audience was so profoundly j kicking and passing
and drill In stirred or with such good reason j execution of plays This
will con A beautifully varied program hasj linue for three or four weeks
and will been chosen for Monday evening fr those men who are not
partlcwhich follows in full j ipming in baseball track or tennis Ai ivv
wiiii Mm mi ins and Crvi xt fall the men will be called lug from Orpheus
and Kurydice ni i Onhelin Whv Asks mv Fair One Haydn Shakespeare
Conzonettes this Veilchen Warnung Moart Hast lose Liehe Musensolm Der
Erlkonig Schubert Aria Je ne veux pas chanler Xieolo Isouard From the
Billet de Ioterie ITiOlSOl Sleep My Darling Child Old Swedish Lullaby
Tegner Xon je nirais plus au In is Jeunnes Killettes French Bergeretli
from the lSih Century Fairy Pipers Brewer Vocational Survey Summer
Occupations Among Seniors By Dwigbt Ilanawalt Deckhands camp counsellors
sales man day laborers these are some of the tasks to which the senior
men applied themselves in the last summer vacation Twentysix percent of
the men worked as laborers and deckhands 11 percent were camp
counsellors three men were sulesman and GO worked at unskilled labor
This data has been prepared by the Vocational Information Service of the
psychology department in an effort to find out how much vocational
experience college students get ta the summers labor The aim of this
work Is to advise college students that their summers occupation may be
of other benefit than pecuniary In reply to the question What kind of
knowledge did you acquire 20 men said that they had learned something
about handling men and boys 14 had acquired some knowledge of processes
or organization of business and j five had learned more about human j
nature the psychology of the work FRIDAY MARCH 28 1928 BOARD CREATES TWO
NEW ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICES Trustees Approve Fulltime Director of
Admissions Full Time Personnel Officer TO SPEND HALF TIME IN FIELD
Former Will be in Oberlin Only Part of TimeLatter Office Will be
Cooperative Creation of two new offices those of a fulltime director of
admissions and a fulltime personnel officer as additions to the
administrative force of the college was among the action taken by the
trustees this morning The fulltine director of aduterons is to spend
approximately half his time in the field and the ltmainder in Oberlin
His duties in the former regard will be somewhat along the line of
Professor Shermans activities this semester in creating interest in
Oberlin in outstanding contributory high schools The office of the
personnel officer will be the center for the collection of individual
data about students of all sorts It will contain the employment service
and housing service thoroughly reorganized and will in general be a
coordinating center for distribution and utilization of data as well as
the gathering of it FOOTBALL SEASON PLANS ARE DISCUSSED MONDAY Work for
Spring Early Fall Practice 6 Outlined by Coach MacEachron at Meeting To
Have no Hard Workouts NowDevote Time to Drill in Play Execution Plans
for the coming season and for spring practice were the main topics
discussed at the football meeting which was held in the varsity O room
last Monday evening In a short talk Coach aMcEachron outlined his work
for this spring and I he early part of next fall Starting immediately
after spring vacation light practices will be the program for Wednesday
and Friday afternoons from 4 30 to 5 30 There will be no hack about a
week early and this week will be spent in bard practice in preparation
for the opening games which will be with Heidelberg Akron anil Wooster
in the order named Such an opening will not be an easy one Inasmuch as a
number of men could not get to this meeting and the turnout was not as
large as was hoped for there will be another one this coming Monday
night at 7 30 in the same room Loves old sweet song Buy me I some candy
Wisconsin Daily Cardin al IP Shows Diverse ing men The highest wage
earned was about fifty dollars a week being earned by a riveter the
salesmen averaged 2335 per week while the laborers and deck hands
averaged 22 per week In the miscellaneous occupations the experience
gained varied from insight into hotel management to practical seamanship
Of the 61 senior women employed during the summer 14 Jid clerical work
at an average wage of 1750 per week Eleven women were waitresses for the
summer When asked if they liked the work these women were about neutral
In their attitude Seven were camp counsellors and an equal number were
playground Instructors Miscellaneous employments Included playing In an
orchestra tutoring factory work and bookselling The highest paid
employment was a Chautauqua superintendent It is found from these
statistics that the chance for women to gain vocaContlnued on page 2
BOARD OF TRUSTEES APPROVES MAJOR FACULTY APPOINTMENTS IN ACTION AT
SPECIAL MEETING ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TO INAUGURATE NEW PLAN Organization
Will Report Names of Graduates Leaving College to Its Nearest Chapter
Secretary John G Olmslead of the Alumni association has inaugurated a
new plan into the activities of that organization designed to lielp new
graduates of Oberlin as they leave college As soon as the association
learns where the new member is to be located the nearest chapter is
notified so that it can give the newcomer any possible assistance This
notice is J also exchanged between chapters whenever a member moves from
one region to another DAN BRADLEY TO DELIVER BACCALAUREATE SERMON Member
of Board of Trustees Will Preach on Last Sunday to Graduating Class IS
CLEVELAND PASTOR Received Degree from Oberlin in 1882 Has DD From Three
Institutions Dan F Bradley 82 pastor of the Pilgrim Congregational
church of Cleveland will deliver the baccalaureate sermon at
commencement next June according to an announcement made yesterday in
chapel by President Wilkins Dr Bradley received his A B from Oberlin in
1882 and was a teacher in the preparatory department from 1883 to 1S85
In 1885 he was granted the degree of Bachelor of Divinity by Oberlin His
next service for the college was from 1891 to 1S92 when he was a member
of the board of trustees He was again on the board from 1893 to 1902 and
from 1906 to the present Dr Bradley holds a degree of Doctor of Divinity
from three schools The degree was given him by Yankton in 1892 by
Cornell college in 1904 and by Oberlin in 190S DR REED CITES HEALTH AS
GOOD USE OF LEISURE Health Service Head Shows Importance of Sane
Expenditure of Spare Time Health is principally a matter of the
appropriate expenditure oi isure time according to Dr ljdatey B Iteed 03
head of the Health Service at the University of Chicago and former
colleague of President Wilkins who spoke in chapel yesterday noon Health
was defined by Dr Reed as the condition in which we live best and serve
most In the fulfillment of these conditions leisure time should in
general he apportioned among four fields acquaintance with many types of
people reading sports and art and music The Oberlin which he attended
said Dr Iteed offered many and remarkable opportunities for profit among
all these fields but the Oberlin of today offers still more enviable
opportunities for obtaining this sort of health BETTY L HILL 30 ELECTED
VICEPRESIDENT OF W A A Hetty L Hill 30 was elected vice prestdent of th
W A A last Thurs day in chapel as announced at the basketball banquet
last Friday eve ning contrary to the statement in the Review last
Tuesday which stated that Bitty von Wenck 30 had been elected to that
position ICE STORM DELAYS THIS ISSUE OF REVIEW A DAY This Issue of the
Review although dated Friday March 30 is being published Saturday March
31 due to the failure of the electric power following the Ice storm of
last Thursday night NUMBER 46 NAMES PROMINENT EDUCATOR AMONG NEW
PROFESSORS IN CONSERVATORY AND COLLEGE TO DIRECT INTRAMULALS Dr J
Herbert Nichols Will Be First to Fill New Berth Created Some ten major
appointments to the faculty of Oberlin College for the year 19281929
with three promotions comprised the main business trans acted by the
Board of Trustees of the college this morning at their special meeting
called to convene in the administration buildin gat 930 Chief among
these appointments was that of John Herbert Nichols M D Oberlin 11 of
Ohio State University to the position of Professor of Physical Education
and Director of Intramural Athletics Other appointments were Herbert B
Briggs acting associate pprofessor of political science Raymond Cerf
professor of violin and ensemble Leslie AVebber Jones associate
professor of classics Carroll Brown Malone acting associate professor of
history Miss Hope Hibbard assistant professor of zoology Marie Mathilda
Johnson assistant professor of mathematics Arthur L Williams assistant
professor of wind instruments and director of the college band S L
Wallace instructor in classics and fine arts Continued on Page 3 LIKELY
TO REPEAR 3ACT PLAY TUESDAY NIGHT Dramatic Association May Possibly Give
Second Performance Next Week Ice Storm Prevents Performance Tonight
Tickets Exchangeable or Returnable Owing to the ice storm of last night
which has deprived Oberlin of its electric power supply today the
Dramatic Association is unable to present its first performance of The
Importance of Being Earnest but the second performance of the play will
be given Tuesday night Aprpil 3 in all likelihood Tickets for tonights
performance are good in exchange for ones for tomorrow night the
management an nounces or for the performance on Tuesday night should
there be one as now planned If arrangements for the use of Warner hall
for the play Tuesday night should fart through the probability is that
the second performance of the play will not be given in which case money
will be refunded for all tickets not used GIVE EASTER MUSICAL
SERVICENEXT SUNDAY Special Services to be Held in First Methodist Church
Sunday at 4 p m The Easter Musical service at the First Methodist church
will be held Sunday afternoon April 1 at four oclock The program
includes an thems by the Junior and the Senior choirs and instrumental
numbers by assisting artists Mr Don Morrison will be In charge of the
program and Professor William K Breckenridge will be at the organ Those
assisting will be Professor Reber Johnson violin Mr John Wharton violin
Miss Marjory Waters harp and a brass quartette composed of Mr Donald
Stocker Mr Melvln Burriss Mr Walter Sells and Mr Robert Hubbard The
special numbers on the pro gram are Organ prelude Easter morning on Mt
Roubldoux H Gaul Processional Two Bright Angela Right Reverend Frederic
Lloyd Anthem God Hath Appointed Continued on page 2 9 of camnii nmhlems
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And here is the same text parsed directly with FineReader version 14:

VOLUME 55
SENIORS PLAN TO GIVE $25,000 TO COLLEGE DURING NEXT TEN YEARS AS MEMORIAL TO CLASS
[class OF 1928 ARRANGES HUGE GROVE PATTERSON WILL gift from interest on $1,000 LIFE INSURANCE POLICIES
alternatives submitted
Individuals Have Choice of Three Ways of Giving Quota to Budget
Hip greatest class memorial in the history of Oberlin college is being (•!< ted by the class of 1928, for in- as tin i s|. I of the familiar type of memorial. arrangements have been made wl oreby a gift of about. $25,000 to hr used as the class stiuplates upon presentation, to Oberlin College, will i hi made by this year’s graduating chi’s at their tenth annual reunion.
flie Individual appropriations which will go to make up the gift are being I made in several days.
The principal method is: That each senior take out with tile Equity Life Insurance Society a $1,000 life insurance polity; and that, for a period of ten years, he turn over the dividends I a< « ruing on said policies to the treas-‘ tirv of the present graduating class I toward the memorial.
held at the close of the session.
12 FREE SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE GIVEN FRESHMEN
Six Men, Six Women Entering Next September to Have Full Term Bills Paid
TO INCREASE GRANTS IN AID
Funds Available for Needy Students in Payment of Bills Are Raised 40 Per Cent
Authorization was given at
meeting of the trustees this morning
to grant 12 free scholarships to fresh-attached providing for tue payment ,
In event of the deatli of any one having drawn out a policy, t ’’•use is
nt’ one hundred dollars to the class tn usury by the beneficiary of the policy. upon receipt of which tlie beneficiary will receive a check for ail in* I terest that had accrued on policy to j time of the holder’s death. Otherwise tin* dividends, at the close of the ten yc.tr period, will he either applied to a reduction of the annual premiums, or paid directly to the holder of the (Continued on Page 2)
13 LEAVESOF’ABSENCE APPROVED BY TRUSTEES
Seven College, Five Conservatory Faculty Members Granted Furloughs
Next Year
Ten Professors Will Return From Absences for School Year 192 8to 1929
entering in September, to cover the full amount of the term hills in the college of arts and sciences, $300.
The 12 scholarships are to be divided evenly among entering men and women, and will be granted to those who have made distinguished scholastic records in high school and whose financial situation is such that aid of tiiis sort is a necessity for the payment of their term hills.
This action supplemented the ear-lier action of the Board approving the increase of funds available for scholarship aid in proportion to the increase in tuition charges which goes info effect next September. This increase is to he approximately 40 per cent over the amount available this past year.
NATURE OF SPANISH ART
CHARACTERIZED IN TALK
—— [stirred or with such good reason.”
Senora Isabel de Palencia Tells About beautifully varied program has
Latent Feeling of Tragedy, ‘been chosen for Monday evening Realism of Spain ! which follows in fall:
—— Aria, Away with Mourning and Cry-
An ever-present, latent feeling of ing, from “Orpheus and Eurydice”. realism are theiGluck>
outstanding characteristics of all 1 Ophelia, Why Asks my Fair One. Spanish art, according to Senora Isa- Haydn. Shakespeare Conzonettes. hel de Palencia, who lectured Tues- i>,ls Veiichen, Warnung, Mozart, day evening in the Art building. Rastlose Liehe, Musensohn, Der Erl-
Senora de Peleneia, widely known konjg Schubert.
as a playwright ami author as well
oi
Soven members of the college fat ui ami five members of the Conservatory faculty were granted leaves of al tee for next year by the Board of Ti tees and one was granted by tin* hi t fentiat committee. accora‘n,r to an trairedv seven
• ’ ’Uiicement made public mis mom-h it the trustee meeting.
the 13 leaves that were granted, one was for a semester only. ie list of tlie leaves granted is as follows:
Karl I,. Geiser, professor of political s’ ice, one year for study amt travel.
(Continued on page 2)
DISCUSSION GROUPS PLAN DEFINITELY FOR FUTURE
as a lecturer, illustrated her lecture on “Spanish Painting” witli actual Spanish costumes which she donned from time to time to aid in the visual izal ion of the masterpieces which were thrown upon the screen.
‘The church,” she declared, “hasI jsth century.
Fairy Pipers, Brewer.
over been Hie great patron of Span-Units Out- Ish art ami religious subjects the fav-
orite of every painter.”
Tlie second characteristic which Se-
nora de Palencia ascribes to Spanisii art is realism. She pointed out that Spain
ami has been unfavorable to landscape painting and so Spanish genius lias turned its talent toward tlie portrayal of types of men ami women. But
even in this, she said the painting of;plied themselves in the last summer Ikh’H unique, for vacation. Twenty-six percent of the
there has been no attempt to tell a men worked as laborers
Ci ry “Life Experiment’
line Work Ahead of Them—to Meet Through May
The student discussion group
” Id. Ii were organized by Dr. Bruce tlie war like, unsettled life of Uiirrv to perpetuate the spirit niethcds of tlie week-end convention 1″ I here some time ago. have been fluking definite plaps for the future during the last week.
The educational and psychological this country has units have drawn 4ip questionnaires armind which they intend to carry on story, but only to this work. The others, as yet. have that feeling being sadness
and deck-
express a feeling, hands, 11 percent were camp counsellors, three men were salesman, and 66 Senora de Pal- worked at unskilled labor.
Tiiis data has been prepared by the d into one ,the portrayal of Vocational Information Service of tlie
completed no definite programs. The “Thus in the end leaders will meet with Dr. Curry next encin concluded, “both characteristics
Momhv evening to complete tbdr wr^g|ng tbe innate psychology department in an effort to
The groups intend to meet once a national feeling of tragedy. w*‘< k until the last of May. when a general survey of the semester’s work w’ll be made. The methods are pat

ERRATUM
Tlie statement In Tuesday’s j
—- ——- . Hin Hl.lt r’.nries C Hubbard their summer’s occupation may be of Seven were camp counsellors, and an
„,ter tIlose of slm„ar groups .frps,imiln class, other benefIt thau I(ecuniary. equal number were playground in-
-mized by Dr. Curry in other col •• _____ of the In reulv to the question “What kind structors. Miscellaneous employ-
legpg.
will “he gone the remainder of the In reply to the question “What kind
J-liese discussion groups hope io men^id that they had learned some
finite con- hard, leaving last Sunday evening, for thing about handling men and boys,M
value to those directly con- “j —^ recuperation at home, had acquired some knowledge of pro-
ned. and to tlie college as a whol^ f and ce8Ses or organization of business, and
5 also promise to be of aid u Oberlin after five had learned more about human the chance for women to gain voca-
l^ldent Wilkins in his systematic rPhirn to
•tudy of campus problems. sprii p.uation.
OBERLIN, OHIO, FRIDAY, MARCH 28, 1928
TRUSTEES ENDORSE NEW TYPE OF DIPLOMA TODAY
lSSB“D «F trustees approves
Board Sanctions Faculty Recommen-mendation that Smaller Certificate
Be Given Graduates
IS TO HAVE LEATHER CASE
Trustee? Approve Full-time Director of Admissions, Full Time Personnel Officer
TO SPEND HALF TIME IN FIELD
Former Will be in Oberlin Only Part of Time—Latter Office Will be Cooperative
SPEAK AT Y. M. MEETING Parchment Will be Presented in Mor
—— occo Cover—Many Colleges Now
Editor of Toledo Blade to Talk on Use This Form
Phases of American Politico —— I ______
Sunday Night Endorsement of the recommendation Creation of two new offices, thosei
—— of the general faculty to the effect!of a full-time director of admissions,
Drove Patterson, ’05, editor of the i that a new type of diploma be present and a full-time personnel officer, as I
I oledo Blade, is to he the speaker at’ed to graduating classes in the futurejadditions to the administrative force! the weekly meeting of the Y. M. C. A.|was made by tin* Board of Trustees of the college, was among the action j new
ill the Mimi’S building Sunday evening, at their meeting this morning. taken by the trustees this morning.
His subject will be “Some Phases The new diplomas are to he smaller. The full-ti*ae director of adUs?<ons
of American Politics.’’ This will serve in size, presented in a simple Morocco is to spend approximately half his
Introduction to the Mock Con- leather case, of an 8-in. by G-in. size, time in the field, and the lemainderj As soon as the association learns vention, and open discussion is to he with the words “Oberlin College” in Oberlin, Ills duties ih the former
where the new member is to be locat-stamped in gold on the cover, replac- regard will he somewhat along the line ed the nearest chapter is notified so ing Hie cumbersome scroll form of of Professor Sherman’s activities this that it can give the newcomer
diploma which has been used in the semester, in creating interest in Ober- possible assistance. This
past. The Latin Old English script Un in outstanding contributory high i aiso exchanged between
is to be retained. schools. ! whenever a member moves
The adoption of this new form is The office of the personnel officer ; region to another.
in accordance with a general tend- will he the center for the collection I _________________
larger colleges and uni- of individual data about students of n i 11 nn l ni mr nniiizm all sorts. It will contain the employ DAN dKADLeY TO DELIVER
r I
ment service and housing service, thoroughly reorganized, and will in general he a coordinating center, for distribution and utilization of data, as j well as the gathering of it.
ency anion versities to furnish their graduates with a handier form of certificate on completion of work. Among the schools which now use tills form are Leland Stanford, Universities of Illinois and Chicago, Smith college, and many others in both east and west.
the
MME. ONEGIN TO CLOSE ARTIST RECITAL COURSE
Swedish Contralto Gives Concert Monday Night in Finney Chapel at 7:30
FOOTBALL SEASON PLANS ARE DISCUSSED MONDAY
Work for Spring, Early Fall Practice; 6 Outlined by Coach Mac-Eachron at Meeting
Varied Program of Famous Opera Singer Holds Much in Store for Listeners
i
To
Have no Hard Workouts Now-Devote Time to Drill in
Play Execution
(By M. S. S.) j Plans for the coming season and I
The Inst concert on this semester’s’ f°1- sl”‘ing Practice were the main top-artist course will occur next Monday !'<” ‘Hwussed at the football meeting evening, Aprpil 2, when Mine. Sigrid “Meh was held in the varsity “O” Onegin, contralto, assisted h,v FranzI room last Monday evening.
Dorfmuller, pianist, will give a recital ‘!l 11 abort talk Coach aMcEachron in Finney chapel at 7:30 p. m. oat lined his work for this spring and
Mme. onegin is an internationally ! 1‘‘“rly part of next fall. Starting famous singer, on both opera and con- immediately after spring vacation cert stage, who possesses personal hglit practices will be the program charm as well as a golden voice and I'”” Wednesday and Friday afternoons profound musical feeling. To quote t from 4:30 to 5:30. There will be no II. A. Bellows, of Minneapolis: “I can hard workouts such as blocking and recall no other recital in which a tackling, hut the time will be devoted great audience was so profoundly
to kicking and passing and drill in tin- execution of plays. Tiiis will continue l’or three or four weeks and will he for those men who are not participating in baseball, track, or tennis Next fall the men will be called hack about a week early, and this week will he spent in hard practice in preparation for the opening games which will he with Heidelberg, Akron and Wooster in tlie order named. Such an opening will not lie an easy one.
appropriate expenditure time, according to Dr. uuaiey B. | Reed, ’03, head of the Health Service at the University of Chicago and former colleague of President Wilkins, who spoke in chapel yesterday noon.
Health was defined by Dr. Reed as the condition in which we live best and serve most. In tlie fulfillment of these conditions leisure time should in general be apportioned- among four fields: acquaintance with many types of people, reading, sports, and art and music.
Tlie Oberlin which he attended, said Dr. Reed, offered many and remarking men. The highest wage earned I able opportunities for profit among all
Inasmuch as a number of men Aria. Je ne venx pas chanler, Nicol., eoul.l not get to tiiis meeting and the Isouard. From tlie “Billet tie Loter- turnout was not as large as was hoped ie” (1750-1801) ^or* ^ere be another one this
‘ Sleep, My Darling Child, (old Swed- c°mlng Monday night at 7:30 in the isl. Lullaby) Tegner. j s,,n,e ri,oni’
Non, je n’irais plus au h- is. Jeunues
Fillettes, French Bergeretb < from the Love’s old sweet song—Buy me
I some candy.—Wisconsin Daily Cardinal (IP).
Yocationai Survey Shows Diverse Summer Occupations Among Seniors
(By Dwight Hanawalt) Deck-hands, camp counsellors, salesman, day laborers—these are some of the tasks to which tlie senior men np*
was about fifty dollars a week, being earned by a riveter; the salesmen av-
eraged $23.35 per week, while the lab-1 ties for obtaining this sort of health. I T,ie Easter Musical service at the orers and deck hands averaged $22 ________________
per week. BETTY L. HILL, ’30, ELECTED
In the miscellaneous occupations VICE-PRESIDENT OF W. A
the experience gained varied from “in- Betty L. Hill, ’30, was elected vice sight into hotel management” to “prac- president of the W. A. A. last Thurs- choirs and instrumental numbers by tical seamanship.” jay chapel, as announced at the assisting artists. Mr. Don Morrison
Of the 61 senior women employed basketball banquet last Friday eve- be in charge of the program and during the summer, 14 did clerical njng ,contrary to the statement in the Professor William K. Breckenridge work at an average wage of $17.50 Review last Tuesday, which stated !win be at the organ. Those assisting per week. Eleven women were wait- that Bitty von Wenck, *30, had been be Professor Reber Johnson, vio-
find out how much vocational exper-
lence college students get in the sum- resses for the summer. When asked elected to that position. I mer’s labor. Tlie aim of this work j if they liked the work, these women issue is to advise college students that were about neutral in their attitude.
ments included playing in an orchestra, tutoring, factory work and bookselling. The highest paid employment was a Chautauqua superintendent.
It is found from these statistics that
nature, the psychology of the work-
(Contlnued on page 2)
NUMBER 45
MAJOR FACULTY APPOINTMENTS IN ACTION AT SPECIAL MEETING
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION TO NAMES PROMINENT
INAUGURATE NEW PLAN
Organization Will Report Names of Graduates Leaving College to its Nearest Chapter
EDUCATOR
AMONG NEW PROFESSORS IN CONSERVATORY AND COLLEGE
TO DIRECT INTRAMULALS
Secretary John G. Olmstead of the Alumni association has inaugurated a plan into the activities of that organization, designed to help new
graduates of Oberlin as they leave college.
any notice is chapters from one
BACCALAUREATE SERMON
Member of Board of Trustees Will Preach on Last Sunday to Graduating Class
IS CLEVELAND PASTOR
Received Degree from Oberlin in 1882 —Has D.D. From Three Institutions
Dan F. Bradley, ’82, pastor of the t Pilgrim Congregational church of ‘Cleveland, will deliver the baccalaureate sermon at commencement next June, according to an announcement made yesterday in chapel by President ! Wilkins.
Dr. Bradley received his A. B. from
Dr. J. Herbert Nichols Will Be First to Fill New Berth
Created
Some ten major appointments to the faculty of Oberlin College for the year 1928-1929, with three promotions, comprised 1 lie main business transacted by tlie Board of Trustees of the college tiiis morning at their special meeting called to convene in the administration buildin gat 9:30.
Chief among these appointments was that of John Herbert Nichols, M. D., Oberlin ’ll, of Ohio State University to the position of Professor of Physical Education and Director of Intramural Athletics.
Other appointments were:
Herbert B. Briggs, acting associate pprofessor of political science.
Raymond Cerf, professor of violin and ensemble.
Leslie Webber Jones, associate professor of classics.
Carroll Brown Malone, acting associate professor of history.
Miss Hope Hibbard, assistant professor of zoology.
Marie Mathilda Johnson, assistant professor of mathematics.
Arthur L. Williams, assistant professor of wind instruments and director of the college band.
S. L. Wallace, instructor in classics and fine arts.
(Continued on Page 3)
Oberlin in 1882, and was a teacher in tlie preparatory department from 1883 to 1885. In 1885 he was granted tlie degree of Bachelor of Divinity by Oberlin.
His next service for the college was from 1891 to 1892, when he was a member of the board of trustees. He was again on the hoard from 1893 to 1902, and from 1906 to the present.
Dr. Bradley holds a degree of Doctor of Divinity from three schools. The degree was given him by Yankton in
1892, by Cornell college in 1904, and Owing to (he ice storm of last night bv Oberlin in 1908. which has deprived Oberlin of its elec-
____________________ trie power supply today, the Dramatic
HD DT7CIY PITUC LH7ATTU Association is unable to present its UK. KUjD vl 1 Lu ilEiALlil (first performance of “The Importance
AS GOOD USE OF LEISURE of r insEarnest ’ but tl,e second
LIKELY TO REPEAR 3-ACT PLAY TUESDAY NIGHT
Dramatic Association May Possibly Give Second Performance Next Week
Ice Storm Prevents Performance Tonight—Tickets Exchangeable or Returnable
performance of the play will be given
Health Service Head Shows Importance of Sane Expenditure of Spare Time
Health is principally a matter of the
Ok
these fields, but the Oberlin of today offers still more enviable opportuni-
! Tuesday night, Aprpil 3, in all likelihood. ’
Tickets for tonight’s performance are good in exchange for ones for to-i morrow night, the management an-
•’usure i
nounces, or for the performance on
(Tuesday night, should there be one, jas now planned.
If arrangements for the use of War-
, ner hall for the play Tuesday night ‘should fail through tlie probability is that the second performance of the play will not be given, in which case money will he refunded for all tickets not used.
GIVE EASTER MUSICAL SERVICENEXT SUNDAY
Special Services to be Held in First Methodist Church Sunday at 4 p. m.
First Methodist church will be held Sunday afternoon, April 1, at four A. o’clock. The program includes anthems by the Junior and the Senior
ICE
STORM DELAYS THIS ISSUE OF REVIEW A DAY
This issue of the Review, although dated Friday. March 30, Is being published Saturday, March 31, due to tlie failure of the electric power following the Ice storm of last Thursday night.
lin, Mr. John Wharton, violin, Miss i Marjory Waters, harp, and a brass quartette composed of Mr. Donald i Stocker, Mr. Melvin Burriss, Mr. Wal-| ter Sells and Mr. Robert Hubbard.
The special numbers on the program are:
Organ prelude—Easter morning on Mt. Roubidoux, H. Gaul.
Processional—Two Bright Angela, Right Reverend Frederic Lloyd.
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Empon Collegian BARRY BERGH ON WOMENS COLLEGE PAGE 2 Vol LXXXXI No 5
Gambier Ohio 43022 November 20 1964 THIRTYFIVE CENTS THE VISIT REVIEWED
PAGE 5 ALO Archon Deke Top in Blood Drive Two hundred and ten people
volunteered to give blood for the thirteenth annual visit of the
Bloodmobile to Kenyon College on Tuesday the seventeenth of November
From these 210 volunteers the Bloodmobile received a total of 168 pints
of blood This figure is an average one for the annual blood drive last
years figures for example being 194 volunteers and 170 pints Mrs H L
Warner was in charge of the drive Assisting her in administrative work
were Mrs Thomas Edwards who ran the canteen that was serving during the
drive and Mrs Paul Titus who was at the registration desk Those helping
Mrs Warner in soliciting for the drive were Mrs Robert Baker for the
Kenyon faculty and staff Mrs Walker Mrs Irish and Mr Belton for Bexley
Dixie Long undergraduate chairman and a staff of students consisting of
one representative from each fraternity two independent representatives
and two representatives from each of the freshman dormatories Also
assisting in the drive iRitcheson Resigns IWill Go to SMU College News
Bureau Charles R Ritcheson chairman of the Kenyon College Department of
History has submitted his resignation He will assume a similar position
at Southern Methodist University Dallas Tex effective Sept 1 1965 At SMU
his major responsibility will be development of a new graduate program
leading to the doctor of philosophy degree President F Edward Lund ac
exciting period in its history cepted the resignation which is A native
of Maysville Oklaeffective June 30 with regret homa Ritcheson received
the BA Describing Professor Ritchesons degree from the University of
service to Kenyon President Oklahoma in 1946 studied at HarLund referred
particularly to his vard the University of Zurich direction of the
Symposium on and received the Doctor of PhiCommunication between the
Arts losophy degree from Oxford Uniand Sciences in 1962 At that versity
in 1951 Prior to coming time such eminent authorities as to Kenyon in
1953 he was asso Marjorie Henshaw Clara studies the townspeoples
reaction to Edward Teller and C P Snow ciate professor at Oklahoma Col
her 100 million dollar proposal while W H Webster Alfred on were brought
to Kenyon He also lege for women right and Edward Hallowell The Mayor on
left consider its ef praised Ritcheson for his leader fects in last
weeks performance of The Visit t v k 4 4k jj W CB i m in Candor Freedom
Praised In New N C A Evaluation ing on its assets They were im were the
Arnold Air Society and accrediting group of which Ken the Chase bociety
J he nurses yon is a charter member were Mrs Frank Bailey Mrs The two
evaluators were Dean James Michael and Mrs Thomas paimer C Pilcher of
Wayne State Greenslade University and Dean Richard On the basis of a
percentage Doney of Northwestern Their recomputed by giving full credit
to port has just been made public donors and people rejected as a in
general they were quite imresult of the onthespot physical preSsed with
Kenyon They cornexamination and V credit to mented favorably on the
candor those volunteers who either were and forthrightness of the recent
ill at the time or failed to obtain seif study They also praised the
permission to give the Alpha atmosphere of full academic freeLombda
Omega fraternity un dom the calibre and achieveseated last years winner
Delta ments of both faculty and adminPhi with a percentage of 397
istration the Colleges relations Archon placed second among the with the
Episcopal church salarfraternities with a percentage of ies and faculty
housing The ex345 followed by Delta Epsilon aminers had particular
praise for 308 and Delta Phi 302 President Lunds reestablish by Charles
Spain Verral In midApril of last year Kenyon was reevaluated by the TVT
1 A 1 A 4 Z1 iNorui oenudi bbuciaumi ui vui provide a vaiuabie
opportunity leges ana secondary acnoois an for quiet detachment On the
critical side the evalu ship in developing a program in NonWestern
Studies at the College In his letter to President Lund Ritcheson said
Gratified as I am by my new appointment I shall always feel regret at
missing the years immediately ahead Professor Ritcheson is a memTurn to
page 8 col 5 pressed with the blending of old for Kenyon During the time
I and new buildings in a dignified have been at Kenyon the College and
spacious campus which can has taken great strides forward until at the
present 1 Delieve it stands on the verge of the most It f ators outlined
four areas where the College is facing difficulties The two major
problems they felt are the unusually high attrition rate of students and
faculty and the large debt which has been allowed to pile up since World
War II Turn to page 4 col 3 As The Collegian went to press we learned of
the resignation of Prof Virgil Aldrich head of Kenyans Department of
Philosophy Prof Aldrich hopes to join the faculty of the University of
North Carolina next September Prof Charles Ritcheson i Senate Takes Up
Regulations to be Drinking Changed by Bryan Perilman For the past month
and onehalf the Campus Senate has been discussing the problems of beer
and liquor consumption at Kenyon Among those donors outside the ment of
initiative of the faculty College The problems center around the fact
that Rules and ReguKenyon student body were twen in matters of
educational policy lations Section II D concerning alcoholic beverages
in its generty three of the college faculty and Kenyon they felt has
overcome ality does not conform to existing state statute 430169 staff
eleven from Bexley and most of the disadvantages of its Statute 430169
states Sale to shall sell intoxicating liquor to a four others from
Gambier isolated location while capitaliz Minors Prohibited No Person
person under the age of twenty 1 one years or sell beer to a person
Kenyon Singers At Cleveland College News Bureau The Kenyon College
Singers presented a joint concert with The Notre Dame College Choir of
Cleveland on Nov 14 at 830 pm in Kulas Auditorium Cleveland The singers
sang selections from Camille SaintSaens and arrangements by Robert Shaw
Roger Wagner and Fenno Heath Jointly with the Notne Dame A Day With Bob
Dyl by John Cocks Wearing high heel boots a tailored peajacket without
lapels under the age of eighteen or buy choir they presented Ijlov Let
intoxicating liquor for or furnish Evry Tongue Adore Thee by J it to a
minor unless given by a S Bach O Sacred Head Sore physician in the
regular line of Wounded by J S Bach and Al practice or by a parent or
legal leluia by Randall Thompson guardian Beer is all malt bev Soloists
for the evening were pegged dungarees of a kind of buffed azure large
sunglasses with erages of less than 32 Section Robert Tait of Lima O
William squared edges his dark curly hair standing straight up on top
and 430173 states further Any room Scar of West Newton Mass spilling
over the upturned collar of his soiled white shirt he caused or building
where beer or intoxi Thomas Lockard of West Lake a small stir when he
got off the plane in Columbus Businessmen eating liquor is manufactured
O and Lowell Gaspar of Fairnodded and smirked the ground crew looked a
little incredulous and sold bartered possessed or kept view Park O Dean
Merrill of 111 a mother put a hand on her childs head and made him turn
away Bob Dylan came into the terminal taking long strides walking hard
on his heels and swaggering just a little He saw us smiled a nervous but
friendly smile and came over to introduce himself and his companion a
lanky unshaven man named Victor who looked like a hip version of Abraham
Lincoln Dave Banks who had organized the concert and who was Dylans
official reception committee led Dylan and Victor to baggage claim Along
the way Victor asked us how far we were from the school and where he and
Dylan would be spending the night Learning that Banks had re Turn to
page 4 col 4 Rockville Md was accompanist English Professors to Hear
Famous Speakers Folksinger Bob Dylan College students interested in be
among the speakers at the con modern literature literary criti vention
served a room for them in a small motel seven miles from Kenyon cism
andor the teaching of Eng More than 6000 teachers from he smiled a
little and said Tryin to keep us as far away from the lish are being
invited to attend throughout the United States are school as you can huh
the meetings of the National expected to attend the convention The trip
back from the airport right before the concert he said Council of
English Teachers Con which this year will focus its at was a quiet one
Both men seem and they all came in sweaty vention in Cleveland Thursday
tention on reevaluation of instruc ed rather tired Dylan especially and
yellin Man the audience Nov 26 through Saturday Nov 28 tion in English
who was pale and nervous He was full of football players foot Saul
Bellow author Malcolm Governor Sanford and Albert said he was right in
the middle ball players Banks mentioned Cowley authorcritic Nancy Hale
Kitzhaber professor at the uni of a big concert tour which had that
Kenyon hadnt won a single author Walter Havighurst au versity of Oregon
and president been on for almost two months football game all year and
both thor and English professor at Mi of the Council will open the gen
and Victor reminisced about one men seemed enthusiastic Yeah ami
University Rod Serling tele eral session Thursday at 8 pm in memorable
engagement in Cam No kidden Dylan said and vision writer and North Caro
the Grand Ballroom of the Shera bridge They had this pep rally Turn to
page 3 col 1 lina Governor Terry Sanford will Turn to page 4 col 5

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THE VISIT REVIEWED PAGE 5
®be l\fnpon Collegian
THIRTY-FIVE CENTS
Vol. LXXXXI, No. 5
ALO, Archon,
Deke Top in Blood Drive
Two hundred and ten people volunteered to give blood for the thirteenth annual visit of the Bloodmobile to Kenyon College on Tuesday, the seventeenth of November. From these 210 volunteers, the Bloodmobile received a total of 168 pints of blood. This figure is an average one for the annual blood drive, last year’s figures, for example, being 194 volunteers and 170 pints.
Mrs. H. L. Warner was in charge of the drive. Assisting her in administrative work were Mrs.
Thomas Edwards, (who ran the canteen that was serving during the drive), and Mrs. Paul Titus (who was at the registration desk). Those helping Mrs. Warner in soliciting for the drive were:
Mrs. Robert Baker (for the Kenyon faculty and staff), Mrs. Walker, Mrs. Irish, and Mr. Belton,
(for Bexley), Dixie Long, (undergraduate chairman), and a staff of students consisting of one representative from each fraternity, two independent representatives, and two representatives from each of the freshman dorma-tories. Also assisting in the drive were the Arnold Air Society and
the Chase Society. The nurses yon js a charter member, were Mrs. Frank Bailey, Mrs. The two evaluators were Dean James Michael, and Mrs. Thomas paimer C. Pilcher of Wayne State Greenslade. University and Dean Richard
On the basis of a percentage Doney of Northwestern. Their recomputed by giving full credit to port has just been made public, donors and people rejected as a jn general, they were quite im-result of the on-the-spot physical pressed with Kenyon. They corn-examination, and *4 credit to mented favorably on the “candor those volunteers who either were and forthrightness” of the recent ill at the time or failed to obtain self study. They also praised “the permission to give, the Alpha atmosphere of full academic free-Lombda Omega fraternity un- dom,” the calibre and achieve-seated last year’s winner, Delta ments of both faculty and admin-Phi, with a percentage of 39.7 istration, the College’s relations Archon placed second among the with the Episcopal church, salar-fraternities with a percentage of ies and faculty housing. The ex-34.5, followed by Delta Epsilon aminers had particular praise for (30.8%) and Delta Phi (30.2%). President Lund’s “re-establish-
Gambier, Ohio 43022 — November 20, 1964
Ritcheson Resigns Will Go to S.M.U.
College News Bureau
Charles R. Ritcheson, chairman of the Kenyon College Department of History, has submitted his resignation. He will assume a similar position at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex., effective Sept. 1, 1965. At SMU his major responsibility will be development of a new graduate program leading to the doctor of philosophy degree.
President F. Edward Lund ac- exciting period in its history.” cepted the resignation, which is A native of Maysville, Okla-effective June 30, with regret, homa, Ritcheson received the B.A. Describing Professor Ritcheson’s degree from the University of service to Kenyon, President Oklahoma in 1946, studied at Har-Lund referred particularly to his vard, the University of Zurich direction of the Symposium on and received the Doctor of Phi-Communication between the Arts losophy degree from Oxford Uni-and Sciences in 1962. At that versity in 1951. Prior to coming time, such eminent authorities as to Kenyon in 1953, he was asso-
Marjorie Henshaw (Clara) studies the townspeople’s reaction to Edward Teller and C. P. Snow ciate professor at Oklahoma Collier $100 million ‘dollar proposal while W. H. Webster (Alfred), on were brought to Kenyon. He also lege for women.
right, and Edward Hallowell (The Mayor), on left, consider its ef- praised Ritcheson for his leader-fects in last week’s performance of “The Visit.”
Candor, Freedom Praised In New N. C. A. Evaluation
by Charles Spain Verral ing on its assets. They were im
ship in developing a program in Non-Western Studies at the College.
In his letter to President Lund, Ritcheson said, “Gratified as I am by my new appointment, I shall always feel regret at missing the years immediately ahead
Professor Ritcheson is a mem-Turn to page 8, col 5
In mid-April of last year, Kenyon was re-evaluated by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, an accrediting group of which Ken-
pressed with the blending of old ^or Kenyon. During the time I and new buildings in a dignified have been at Kenyon, the College and spacious campus which can has taken great strides forward,
provide a valuable “opportunity for quiet detachment.”
On the critical side, the evaluators outlined four areas where the College is facing difficulties. The two major problems, they felt, are the unusually high attrition rate of students and faculty and the large debt which has been allowed to pile up since World War II.
Turn to page 4, col. 3
until at the present, I believe it stands on the verge of the most
As The Collegian went to press we learned of the resignation of Prof. Virgil Aldrich, head of Kenyon’s Department of Philosophy. Prof. Aldrich hopes to join the faculty of the University of North Carolina next September.
Senate Takes Up Drinking Regulations to be Changed
by Bryan Perilman
For the past month and one-half the Campus Senate has been discussing the problems of beer and liquor consumption at Kenyon Among those donors outside the ment of initiative of the faculty College. The problems center around the fact that Rules and Regu-Kenyon student body, were twen- in matters of educational policy.” lations, Section II D, concerning alcoholic beverages, in its gener-ty three of the college faculty and Kenyon, they felt, has overcome ality does not conform to existing state statute 4301.69.
staff, eleven from Bexley, and most of the disadvantages of its Statute 4301.69 states, “Sale to shall sell intoxicating liquor to a four others from Gambier. isolated location, while capitaliz- Minors Prohibited. No Person
A Day With Bob Dylan
by John Cocks
Folksinger Bob Dylan
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Prof. Charles Ritcheson
Kenyon Singers
At Cleveland
College News Bureau
The Kenyon College Singers presented a joint concert with The Notre Dame College Choir of Cleveland on Nov. 14 at 8:30 p.m. in Kulas Auditorium, Cleveland.
The singers sang selections from Camille Saint-Saens and arrangements by Robert Shaw,
person under the age of twenty- Roger Wagner and Fenno Heath, one years or sell beer to a person Jointly with the Notne Dame under the age of eighteen, or buy choir they presented “Now Let intoxicating liquor for or furnish Ev’ry Tongue Adore Thee” by J. it to, a minor, unless given by a S. Bach, “O Sacred Head, Sore physician in the regular line of Wounded” by J. S. Bach and “Al-practice, or by a parent or legal leluia” by Randall Thompson.
Wearing high heel boots, a tailored pea-jacket without lapels, guardian. “Beer” is all malt bev- Soloists for the evening were pegged dungarees of a kind.of buffed azure, large sunglasses with erages of less than 3.2%. Section Robert Tait of Lima, O.; William squared edges, his dark, curly hair standing straight up on top and 4301.73 states further, “Any room Scar of West Newton, Mass.; spilling over the upturned collar of his soiled white shirt, he caused or building where beer or intoxi- Thomas Lockard of West Lake, a small stir when he got off the plane in Columbus. Businessmen eating liquor is manufactured, O.; and Lowell Gaspar of Fair-nodded and smirked, the ground crew looked a little incredulous and sold, bartered, possessed or kept view Park, O. Dean Merrill of
Turn to page 4, col. 4
Rockville, Md., was accompanist.
English Professors to Hear Famous Speakers
a mother put a hand on her child’s head and made him turn away.
Bob Dylan came into the terminal taking long strides, walking hard on his heels and swaggering just a little. He saw us, smiled a nervous but friendly smile, and came over to introduce himself and his companion, a lanky, unshaven man named Victor who looked like a hip version of Abraham Lincoln. Dave Banks, who had organized the concert and who was Dylan’s official reception committee, led Dylan and Victor to baggage claim. Along the way, Victor
asked us how far we were from the school and where he and College students interested in be among the speakers at the con-Dylan would be spending the night. Learning that Banks had re- modern literature, literary criti- vention.
served a room for them in a small motel seven miles from Kenyon, cism and/or the teaching of Eng- More than 6,000 teachers from he smiled a little and said “Tryin’ to keep us as far away from the lish are being invited to attend throughout the United States are
school as you can, huh?” the meetings of the National expected to attend the convention
The trip back from the airport right before the concert,” he said, Council of English Teachers Con- which this year will focus its at-
was a quiet one. Both men seem- “and they all came in sweaty vention in Cleveland Thursday, tention on reevaluation of instruc-
ed rather tired, Dylan especially, and yellin’. Man, the audience Nov. 26 through Saturday, Nov. 28. tion in English.
who was pale and nervous. He was full of football players—foot- Saul Bellow, author; Malcolm Governor Sanford and Albert said he was right in the middle ball players.” Banks mentioned Cowley, author-critic; Nancy Hale, Kitzhaber, professor at the uni-
of a big concert tour which had that Kenyon hadn’t won a single author; Walter Havighurst, au- versity of Oregon and president
been on for almost two months, football game all year, and both thor and English professor at Mi- of the Council, will open the gen-
and Victor reminisced about one men seemed enthusiastic. “Yeah? ami University; Rod Serling, tele- eral session Thursday at 8 p.m. in
memorable engagement in Cam- No kidden’?”, Dylan said, and vision writer, and North Caro- the Grand Ballroom of the Shera-
bridge. “They had this pep rally Turn to page 3, col. 1 lina Governor Terry Sanford will Turn to page 4, col. 5

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Fourth and last, here is the Sept 26, 2001 issue of The Transcript of Ohio Wesleyan University which has a simplest news layout of all the modern papers since the 1928 sample above.

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New sculpture built onJAYwalk News Page 5 Glass House breaks thriller
promise Entertainment Page 7 OWU womens rugby buries Wittenberg Sports
Page 8 Ohio Wesleyan University DelawareOhio Volume CXXXVmNo IV
September 26 2001 III V Health Counseling Services understaffed
Editorial Page 2 The oldest independent student newspaper in the nation
Terrorist attack claims another OWU alumnus By Elizabeth Dale The
Transcript He had the unique ability to make each person he was with
feel like they were his best friend Jim Kehoe 84 classmate and friend
said in remembering the life of Ted Luckett Edward Hobbs Luckett II 84
known as Ted is the third OWU graduate who died in the World Trade
Center attacks on Sept 11 While at Ohio Wesleyan Luckett played varsity
soccerand rugby was a brother of Phi Delta Theta and Senior Class
president He graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in history Luckett
went on to become a partner and vice president of Cantor Fitzgerald and
product manager of ESpeed Soccer coach Jay Martin remembered Lucketts
four years on the team fondly Ted represented all that is good about OWU
He was a solid student good in athletics and participated in a lot of
campus activities He was a really good guy Martin said Teds involvement
in athletics continued even after his graduation from college He loved
soccer and at his passing was a coach in the boys and 1 LA AJ Luckett
Ted represented all that is good about OWU He was a solid student good
in athletics and participated in a lot of campus activities He was a
really good guy Soccer coach Jay Martin girls league in their town of
Fair Haven Kehoe said Kehoe said Luckett was also instrumental in
gettingacoaches game going on Sunday afternoons so they could relive a
few of their old glory days Luckett was also an avid sailor who competed
in a race from Newport RI to Bermuda Above sailing and soccer Luckett
has been most remembered for his friendship with many many people Kehoe
said Kehoe said that Luckett held the principles of family friendship
comrriunity and theenjoymentof living life in the moment as core values
He had the perspective to realize that the stuff most of us do from 95
was only a necessary chore to provide security for those values Kehoe
said Luckett is survived by his wife Lisa and three children Jennifer
Grace 7 William Stone II 4 and Timothy Wyatt 4 months A memorial service
was held Monday in Rumson NJ Donations in his memory to help with his
childrens education can also be made to the Luckett Childrens
Educational Trust co Arthur H Tildesley 30 Pine Cove Road Fair Haven NJ
07704 Campus holds peaceful just response to tragedy By Chris Nida The
Transcript As the United States moved ahead with military action against
those responsible for the Sept 1 1 terrorist attacks Ohio Wesleyan
University students and faculty assembled in the HWCC Atrium last
Thursday to support a just and peaceful response to the tragedy
Sponsored by ProgressOWU and Amnesty International along with a variety
of religious groups the rally at OWU was part of a nationally
coordinated effort Students and community members gathered at 146
campuses in 36 states and one Canadian province The nationwide rallies
forpeace were based on the following five principles We unequivocally
condemn the abominable terrorist attacks of Tuesday The nations
political and military leadership must seekjustice rather than revenge
in order to avoid the loss of more innocent lives and to work towards a
lasting peace Americans must resist the scapegoating of people on the
basis of race religion and nationality especially innocent Muslim and
Arab peoples in the US and abroad and take a stand against racism and
xenophobia We urge a consideration of underlying political and economic
causes including an examination of past US actions and foreign policy
that may have contributed to this tragedy The people of the US and their
servants in Government must guard our precious civil liberties with
vigilance and not allow fear and terrorism to undermine our commitment
to freedom Sophomore Liz Magee one of the organizers of the rally at OWU
said that the impact of the rallies is related to the unity amongst
those involved Our strength is in our solidarity Magee said Now more
than ever we must stand united in our quest for peace and justice
ProgressOWU president junior Ryan Sarni urged citizens to i m v r i o
Photo Courtesy Nolan Dutton Students sign their names to the Peace
Banner at Thursdays event which drew over 100 students The rally was
sponsored by ProgressOWU and Amnesty International remember what is at
the heart of American society During this time of crisis we call upon
Americans everywhere to reaffirm their commitment to the principles that
make Americans a great people our respect for freedom and liberty our
embrace of tolerance and diversity and our commitment to due process and
justice Sarni said At OWU green and white ribbons symbolizing life and
peace respectively were distributed to attendees Those interested were
also invited to sign a petition for peaceful justice as well as the
response from Amnesty International Students also had the opportunity to
paint a peace banner while WCSA sponsored a thankyou card for the hard
work put in by local firefighters and policemen Featured speakers at the
rally were Joan McLean associate professor of politics and government
and Martin Hipsky associate professor of English McLean offered three
suggestions as to how to proceed They included making sure any military
action was based on just war principles ensuring that civilians were
never the target of war and to resist the tendency to oversimplify this
conflict and instead address the systemic see RALLY page 5

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transcript
The oldest independent student newspaper in the nation
VohuneCXXXVm.No. IV September 26.2001
Terrorist attack claims another OWU alumnus
Campus holds ‘peaceful, just’ response to tragedy
By Elizabeth Dale The Transcript
“He hud the unique ability to make each person he w as with feel like they were his best friend.” Jim Kehoe (’K4), classmate and friend, said in remembering the life ofTcd Luckett.
Edward Hobbs Luckett 11 ( ‘ K4 I, known as “Ted.” is the third OWU
graduate who died in the World Trade Center attacks on Sept.
II.
WhileatOhio Wesleyan.
Luckett played varsity soccer and rugby, was a brother of Phi Delta Theta and Senior Class president He graduated with a
bachelor of aits degree in history. Luckett went on to become a partner and vice president of Cantor Fitzgerald, and product munagerof E-Speed
Soccer coach Jay Martin remembered
Luckett’s ____________________
four years on the team fondly.
“Ted represented all that is good about OWL He was a solid student, good in athletics and participated in a lot of campus
“Ted represented all that is good about OWU. He was a solid student, good in athletics and participated in a lot of campus activities. He was a really good guy.” —Soccer coach Jav Marlin
activities He
was a really good guv,” Martin said.
Ted’s involvement in athletics continued even after his graduation from college.
“He loved soccer and at his passi ng was a coach in the boy s and
girls league in their town of Fair Haven.” Kehoe said.
Kehoe said Luckett was also instnimentul in gcttinga”coacJtes” game going on Sunday afternoons so they could re-liv e a few oltheir old “glory days.”
L uckett was also an a v id sat lor who competed in u race front Newport. R.I.. to Bermuda. Above sailing and soccer,
I utkea has been most remembered for his friendship with many, many people, Kehoe said.
Kehoe said that Luckett held the principles of family, friendship, community, and the enjoyment of living life in the moment os core
values.
“He had the perspective to realize that the stuff most of us do from 9-5 was only a necessary chore to provide security forthose valutas,” Kehoe said.
Luckett
_________________ is survived
by his wife. Lisa, and three children. Jennifer Grace, 7. William Stone II. 4, and Timothy Wyatt. 4 months.
A
memorial service was
held Monday in Rumson, N.J. Donations in his memory to help with his children’s education can also be made to the Luckett Children’s Educational Trust, c/o Arthur H. Tildcslcy, 30 Pine Cove Road, Fair Haven, NJ, 07704,
is
Bv Chris Nida The Transcript
As the United States moved ahead with military action against those responsible lor the Sept 11 icrrorist atlackii. Ohio Wesleyan University students and fucully assembled in the IIWCC Atrium lust Thursdav to support a ‘just and peaceful* response to the tragedy.
Sponsored by ProgressOWU and Amnesty International, along with a variety of religious groups, the rally at OWU was part of a nationally coordinated effort Students and community members gathered at 146 campuses in SO stales and one Canadian province
The nationwide rallies fur peace were based on the following five principles
“We unequivocally condemn the abominable terrorist attacks of Tuesday.
“The nation’s political and military leadership must seek justice rather than revenge in order u» avoid the loss of more innocent lives and to work towards a lasting peace
“Americans must resist the scapegoating of people on the basis Of race, religion, and nationality, especially innocent Muslim and Arab peoples in the U.S. and abroad, and take a stand against rac ism and xenophobia.
“We urge a consideration of underlying political and economic causes, including an exuminationof past U.S. actions and foreign policy, that may have contributed to this tragedy.
“The people of the U.S. and their servants in Government must guard our precious civil liberties with vigilance and not allow fear and terrorism to undermine our commitment to freedom.”
Sophomore Liz Magee, one of the organizers of the rally at OWU, said that the impact of the rallies is related to the unity amongst those involved.
“Our strength is in our solidarity,” Magee said. “Now, more than ever, wc must stand united in our quest for peace and justice.”
ProgressOWU president junior Ryan Sarni urged citizens to
Photo Couwtist Nolan Dutton
Students sign their names to the Peace Banner at Thursday’s event, which drew over 100 students. The rally was sponsored by ProgressOWU and Amnesty International.
remember what is at the heart of American society.
“During this time of crisis we call upon Americans everywhere to reaffirm their commitment to the principles that make Americans a great people—our respect for freedom and liberty, our embrace of tolerance and diversity, and our commitment to due process and justice.” Sami said.
At OWTJ. green and white ribbons symbolizing life and peace, respectively, were distributed to attendees. Those interested were also invited to sign a petition for peaceful justice, as well as the response from Amnesty International.
Students also had the
opportunity to paint a peace banner, while WCSA sponsored a thank-you card for the hard work put in by local firefighters and policemen.
Fcuturcd speakers at the rally were Joan McLean, associate professor of politics and government, and Martin Hipsky, associate professor of English McLean offered three suggestions os to how to proceed. They included making sure any military action was based on just war principles, ensuring that civilians were never the target of war. and to resist the tendency to oversimplify this conflict and instead address the systemic «ce RA1.LV, page 5

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OCR Accuracy Summary:

Surprisingly, the nearly decade older Version 9 ABBYY FineReader OCR engine performed as well as the just released Version 14 in most situations (where the papers mimiced the complicated multi-column newspaper format).  In one situation the older engine was slightly more accurate, but the difference was so small it probably falls within the noise of natural variations.

For some reason, the difference was greatest (> 10x) scanning the simplest dual column layout of the 1890 paper.  More testing would need to confirm this large gap is consistent across similar samples.  Also, the sample scans used were relatively clean, so it would be interesting to run the scans against a wider variety of low through high quality scans.

1890 College of Wooster:  28% (Version 9)  -vs- 2.4% (Version 14)

1928 Oberlin College:  7.2% (Version 9)  -vs-  7.4% (Version 14)

1964 Kenyon College:  8% (Version 9)  -vs-  6.2% (Version 14)

2001 Ohio Wesleyan University:  5.8% (Version 9)  -vs-  5.2% (Version 14)

 

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