Looking Back on Feb. 13, 2012

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100 years ago, 1912
At the opening exercises at Edward Little High School yesterday morning a short program appropriate to Lincoln’s birthday was given. Alden Chase read Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” and Hazel Mitchell read Lincoln’s poem “Why should the spirits of mortal be proud.” Prof. Moulton spoke briefly and several songs were sung by students.

50 years ago, 1962
A new planetarium is being installed on the top floor of the new science wing at Bates College. The planetarium utilizes a relatively inexpensive new type of fiberglass triangles which, when assembled, form an almost perfect hemisphere. The room will be used for astronomy and also as a classroom. The new wing, currently well along in construction, is expected to be ready for use next fall. It will house facilities for the study of astronomy, biology and physics.

25 years ago, 1987
Bates College trustees have voted to increase the fee for tuition, room and board by seven percent to $15,615 for the 1987-88 academic year, President Thomas Hedley Reynolds said this week in a letter to students and
parents. “Modern scientific techniques have created a demand for more science equipment,“ he said. “The increased use of computers and their quick obsolescence more than offset some price declines in this area,” Reynolds said. The cost of library books “has skyrocketed far beyond inflation in the past decade,” he added.

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