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These are recognized as the foundation and indispensable
concomitants of education. The discipline is sedulously
administered with a view to confirm integrity, and to maintain
a sacred regard for truth. Great efforts are made to
surround the students with religious influences; but experience
has proved that the best way to effect this result is to
forbear the employment of coercion to enforce attendance on
religious exercises, which attendance is entirely voluntary.
Prayers are held every morning in the Chapel, and divine
service is performed on Sunday by a chaplain selected, in
turn, from the principal religious denominations. By means
of a Young Men's Christian Association, new comers are
brought under good influences, and the energies of students
willing to engage in the Christian enterprises of the neighborhood
are called into active exercise.