January 26, 2004
Disputes over the direction of Connecticut
Agricultural resulted in the short tenure of
President George Flint, who, as president from
1899 to 1901, fought with faculty and trustees.
Just after the so-called "War of the Rebellion"
died down, however, this photograph in the 1902
annual report of the college caused a flap with
legislators in Hartford. Why? The frivolity of
students sledding instead of studying - and the
fact that a woman (second from right) is on the
sled with these members of the junior class,
set off a storm of criticism.
The building behind the sledders is the
Agricultural Experiment Station, built around
1890. It was located approximately where the
CLAS Building (formerly the Waring Chemistry
Buiding) is located today, near the
intersection of Glenbrook Road and North