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Rules for Students

These rules were found in an old file cabinet from the Weather Observation School at Chanute Air Force Base (Rantoul, Illinois).....

  • Students each day will fill lamps, clean chimneys and trim wicks. Wash windows once a week.
  • Each student will bring a bucket of water and a scuttle of coal for the day's classes.
  • Make your pens carefully. You may not whittle nibs to your individual taste. Follow pen trimmings S.O.P. #4.
  • Male students will be given an evening off each week for courting purposes, or two evenings a week if they go regularly to church. There will be no inter-class courting during school hours.
  • After 13 hours of labor in the classroom, the student should spend the remaining time reading the Bible and other good books.
  • Every student should lay aside each payday a goodly sum of his earnings for his benefit during his declining years so he will not become a burden on society.
  • Any student who smokes Spanish cigars, uses liquor in any form, or frequents pool and public halls, or gets shaves in a barber shop, gives good reason for us to suspect his worth, intentions, integrity, and honesty.
  • The student who has performed his studies faithfully and without fault for the year will be given increases of five cents per day in his pay, providing Congress increases budget.
  • Neckgear may be loosened when temperature in classroom exceeds 90 degrees.
Have times changed? This note was for the base's first group of weather students in the early 1900s.