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At the Maryland Agricultural College in the early 1900s, several years before any female students enrolled in the school, campus life consisted of school work, inspections, military drills, and morning chapel. Upperclassmen subjected freshman, sub-freshman and preparatory students, whom they called “rats”, to a litany of hazing and drudge work. Sophomores in the Class of 1913 boasted about their implementation of a “fixed set of rules for the government of rats.”
The following excerpts appeared in the 1911 Reveille yearbook under the title, “Daily Diary of a Prep Rat.” While the entries are most likely exaggerated and meant to poke fun at the plight of the “rats,” they also provide a glimpse into the lives of underclassmen on campus around the time…
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