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Chancellor Putnam
Chancellor Putnam

"UB Day" October 17

UB Medical Students &
the Exposition Hospital

UB Sports at the Exposition

UB Day Program

Students of the University of Buffalo celebrated at the Exposition
He Presided at the ceremonies in the temple of Music-An Affecting Scene

“Hi, Yi, Ki Yike,
“Hi, Yi, Ki Yike,
“U.B., U.B. for evermore.”
   This was the cry at the exposition today – the University of Buffalo Day at the Pan-American Exposition.
   U. of B. boys were on the grounds early.  Most of them reported to the college at Main and High streets and secured a badge and ribbon before going to the exposition.  Many of them visited the stadium, where Fred Vokes was getting the field in shape for the afternoon game between the U. of B. team and Oberlin.
   Crowds of U. of B. men and women waited at the Elmwood gate for half an hour to join the parade which was to start the day’s ceremonies.   They waited the coming of the student body which was to form the bulk of the procession.  The student body arrived at 10:15, with horns and ribbons.  They came up in a procession of Elmwood Avenue cars, which had been waiting for them at the rendezvous.  There were four or five hundred of them, from all the university schools.  Each wore a badge which marked the schools.  All lined up by classes behind the alumni.  Ahead of the alumni were the faculties, and before them, the 65th regimental band. 
   The band played a signal for the line to form, and at 10:30 o’clock the line moved eastward along the south road towards the Temple of Music.  They turned at the approach and crossed the esplanade to the main entrance of the temple.  On the steps at the doors were a lot of alumni and students who had arrived by other gates, and together they passed into the building, where the exercises of the day were to be held.  They occupied seats by classes, and they filled the main body of the hall to its capacity.
It was considerably after the time appointed for the opening of the University of Buffalo Day exercises when Hon. James O. Putnam, chancellor for the university, walked upon the stage leaning upon the arm of President Milburn of the Exposition Company.  Adelbert Moot, dean of the law department walked with director-General Buchanan, Dr. Roswell Park and the other members of the faculty occupied the platform in the rear of which was stationed Inness’ band.
   A lively shout announced the arrival of the students.  Grand Marshal Darlingtin, preceded by a big U. of B. flag, marched up the main aisle, followed by the senior medical class, of which he is a member.  The senior students and the other classes were in line in their proper order, and the special seats speedily filled up.
    Cheers were given for Mr. Putnam and from time to time, as some class recognized its special favorite on the stage among the faculty, the well-known yell would announce that he was “all right” and the questioning “why” would bring out the inevitable long drawn out “Because.”
    Mr. Putnam presided, and in his opening remarks called the attention of his hearers to certain relations which exist between the Pan-American Exposition and the university of Buffalo.   They are both educational in their nature.
   “If it is true,” said he, “that all arts and sciences are bound together, then there is truly a relationship.  The highest idea of any exposition is to enlarge the boundaries of education and to this end the Pan-American exposition has brought two hemispheres within its gates.  It is now drawing to a close.  It has enjoyed the greatest success.  It has introduced Americans to each other, so forming a better relationship and feeling between the different sections, which, fostered by such enterprises, will continue to grow in amity and justice."
   Mr. Putnam in conclusion, introduced President Milburn, as a man identified with the exposition, both in its joyous and its saddest days.
   President Milburn made a speech, both witty and eloquent.
   “I assure you that I consider it one of he greatest honors to stand on the same platform with the chancellor of the University of Buffalo.  It is not often that I in my life, or you in yours, will listen to a man on such an occasion as this, who is in his 84th year, and who for half a century has stood for all that is best in Buffalo’s citizenship and greatest in its civic life.”
Mr. Milburn spoke of the close relationship between the university and the city of Buffalo, paid a neat tribute to the college, and said that it had given him great pleasure to accept the invitation to speak on such an occasion as this.
   “I have welcomed the citizens from every state in the Union,” he said, “and save, in turn, heard the best citizens of every state in the union claim for their own state credit for everything that has ever been accomplished by the United States.” (laughter)  “It is a pleasure, I repeat, to address such an audience as this that, I know, will not make any such claim; an audience that is looking ahead to intellectual as well as material achievements.”
   “The exposition is yours.  All rules are suspended for today.  It is enough that you have a badge.”
   After a selection by Inness’ band, Director-General Buchanan was introduced by the chancellor and made a pleasant speech.
   Dr. Park announced, when Mr. Buchanan had closed, that the United States hospital corps would give a special drill for the university boys at the conclusion of the ceremonies.
   Mr. Moot made the principal address of the day, in which he condemned disloyalty to the exposition.
   As Mr. Moot concluded, a perfect bedlam of noise broke forth, rival classes trying to drown out each other’s yells.  Inness’ band struck up “Nearer My God to Thee.”  The change was almost startling.  An instant hush spread over the assemblage.  Here and there an awed voice took up the refrain, one after another joining in until the song closed in a burst of grand melody – 500 youthful voices raising the late president’s favorite song in the building where he had been struck down.  “Nearer My God to Thee,” was followed by “The Star Spangled Banner.”
   After the meeting, many of the boys formed in line again and headed by Dr. Park, went to the plot south of the government building to witness the special drill by the United States hospital corps as a compliment to the University of Buffalo.

Buffalo Commercial     October 17, 1901

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