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1966 Town Crier Reports on 1st Semester at Mackinac College

“College Freshman Follow Ambitious Winter Schedule

114 Students Seem

Satisfied; Find School

Offering Challenge”

The Mackinac Island

Town Crier

Week of December 28 to 31, 1966

With a starting enrollment of 114 freshman students from 30 states, Mackinac College was officially inaugurated October 1. Board Chairman Basil R. Entwistle presided at the ceremonies, which saw President Douglas S. Cornell established in office. Representatives of more than 150 colleges and universities gathered in the Great Hall for the occasion.

Student reaction to the new college varies, but basically they are satisfied. A boy who attended

Oklahoma University for a year feels Mackinac College offers “the biggest challenge yet.” And a girl, who worked in New York City after graduating from high school, says “I love it here,” adding hastily, “so far.”

They are both optimistic and curious about the future of the school, but as one student remarks, “it takes awhile to adjust to this way of doing things.”

Planned activities fill the major part of each student’s day. A girl student notes that her Saturday schedule begins with cheerleading from 9 until 10 a.m., followed by “spotlight” for guest speakers until 12 noon and lunch. At 1 p.m. she attends art class for three hours and then takes ballet until 5 in the afternoon. Movies are brought in for weekend evening entertainment. The school has sponsored one dance so far.

Although the students are free to go anywhere on the Island they wish, most of them seldom leave the campus. “There just isn’t anything in town for us to do,” a male student remarks. He adds that he has been there only once.

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