The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, January 19, 1905, Image 1

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Vol. IV, No 69
UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN, THURSDAY, JAN. J9, 1905.
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REGENTSREPORT
The Excerpts are of University
Interest.
Tlie InHtltutloit In OntBrowInu ' I'rcs-
t Fncllltlc.
Considerable Hpaoe is devoted in this
issue to extracts from the Seventeenth
Biennial" report of the Doard of Re
gents of the University to the gover
nor. This report la accessible to every
student, in the general library, but the
items printed here are of such interept
at to warrant their publication. The
fact that nearly every department is
asking; for increased facilities proves
the growth of the University to have
been very rapid. There is hardly a sin
gle department that has not reported
facilities inadequate tQ properly pro
vide for the work in that department.
In some departments, notably the agri
cultural and that of physics, adequate
facilities are now being provided, and
every pressure is being brought to bear
to reliove the strain in other depait
ments. "The health of students has during
the past two years been unusually good
only two deaths having occurred, one
ot these by accident."
"The bound volumes added to the li
brary during each of the past five years
ending on Nov. 1, are as follows
Date.
By Purchase.
By gift
Total.
4700
5100
3575
4575
402 1
1900
1901
1902
1903
1904
4090
28C2
30S0
3792
3372
004
2538
539
783
052
17158 5110 22271
"University athletics cannot continue
to thrive without a new athletic field.
The erection of the physics building
on the old area has cut down Its di
mentions to such an extent that effec
tive baseball can no longer be played
here. Much of the 111 luck that has be
set us in football the past fall Is di
rectly traceable to the cramped and
otherwise unfavorable condition of our
grounds. The sojl of the campus is not
suitable either for diamond, for track,
or for gridiron. Players have been
constantly ou our hospital list this
year on account of injuries received
through" the roughness and fllnt-llke
hardness of the soil en which they
played. The ground is too hard to per
mit fast-time by runners. The dia
mond has to bo worked upon constant
ly Jo Keep It In any 3ort of condition
for the Mmlted uses of which it, h ca
pable." "The-electlve system, operative in
the-College of Literature, Science and
the Arts, is disclosing some incidental
defects. Though tlesB, easygoing, and
Immature students make 111 choices of
studies. A nlan to obviate this Infe
licity has been proposed requiring ev
. cry studeut to have a faculty adviser
Vnd to consult him both In regard to
tho student's courses in general and In
regard to his particular studjes se
mester by semester. In tho samo In
terest a classification of all courses as
majors and minors, with Insistence on
a certain number of majors as neces
.sary to a degree, Is favored by some.
Neither of tho palliatives suggested has
thus far secured a majority vote In the
.collego faculty concerned, so that the
Subject must ho urged upon them for
further study."
"Another phenomenon occasioning
some concern Is the decreasing propor
tion of men. as compared with women,
taking academic and general courses.
In liberal studies women are rapidly
winning tho ascendant. Some very Im
portant culture courses have scarcely a
male member apiece. It Is not clear
that tho change results wholly from
the popular tendency of the day to tho
so-called practical and tho material.
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We must inquire If other factors are
not at work. Have our programs or
methods of instruction been growing
effeminate, appealing to routine indus
try and memoritcr proficiency, discour
aging independent icfiection and deep
thought? Does our teaching lack spirit
and unction? Is it richer In mechan
ism and details than in life? The sub
ject deserves careful investigation by
a faculty committee. If present ten
dencies continue, two schools will re
sult, one for women, monopolizing the
speelnlly educational and cultural sub
jects, hltheito regarded as of the great
est possible value In the development
ot choice humanity, and the other for
men, teaching only "bread and butter
studios." The University could haidly
suffer a worse calamity than a cleavage
like this, If complete or even pro-
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j"The time has come lor more liberal
icmunerntlon to the University Fac
ulty, many of whose mcmbeis are re
gal ded by authorities the country over
as anions America's foremost teachers
and specialists.
"Professors have worked In Nebraska
till their reputations were made, only
to leave us for other universities bent
on securing able men. Such gentlemen
usually prefer to remain here, remov
ing only because with us their future
stems fiscally unpromising, while of
fers from other states are generous.
Nebraska cannot afford to let this
brain leakage continue. The best
teaching talent In the land Is none too
good to Instruct Nebraska youth.
"Our University pays heads of de
partments lower salaries than any sim
ilar state institution, perhaps $500 be
lcw the average.
"Since 18G5 and the salaries of our
professors were ilxed at a later date
general wages In the United States
have steadily risen. So lar as this ad
vance was due to fall in general prices,
fixed incomes shared in it, but so far
an the advance has been due to rise In
money wages, fixed incomes have not
shared.
"It is thus obvious that most mem
bers of our faculties are underpaid.
In fact our salary schedule differs lit
tle from that on which professors
taught twenty-five years ago, when the
University was an experiment, funds
were meager and students numbered
only a few hundred. This year the at
tendance will probably reach 2700,
while good buildings and modern ap
paratus, -with superior teaching, mako
tho University one or the choicest in
the land, jl .position attained largely
through the influence and reputation of
teachers "serving on very small salar
ies. Such efficiency on so low salary
payments of course can not continue.
The situation betrays bad policy as
well as Injustice, as It must have the
effect of weeding out our best talent.
"Besides some increase to salaries
provision ought to be made at once for
certain additions to the teaching capa
city of tl University.
"That ho College of Law may bo
made the greatest possible credit and
benefit to the Stat it should at onco
have an additional professor as well as
a much larger sum for tho purchase of
books.
"The valuable Instruction already
glve'h In tho history and criticism of
the flnp arts should be amplified into a
full professorship; and besides this, a
professoisliip
of architecture ostab-
lished."
MECHANIC ARTS.
"The crowded condition of the De
partments of Mechanical Engineering
and of Mechanical Drawing and Ma
chine Design., together with the lack of
sufficient assistance, has made Inexpe
dient any attempts to extend the use-
lulnegs of the School of Mechanic Arts
during the past two years. In the
shops we are unable to accommodate
all ot the regular engineering students,
and the drawing rooms nre altogether
inadequate for present needs. The
short course in mechanic arts was ar
ranged to accommodate students who
are unprepared to enter, or who had
not the time to complete one of the
regular engineering couises. It was
expected that this work should bo done
without encroaching upon the higher
work.
"That the work ot the school is of
value and Is In demand there Is no
doubt, as is attested by the character ot
the students in attendance in the past,
and b the work don 3 by them after
leaving school. With increased facil
ilcs for Instruction, the usefulness of
the school could be extended. However,
considering present conditions, It Is
a grave question whether it is not wis
er to abandon the work of the school
unless it can bo given reasonable sup-
prrt and opportunities tor growth.
"To provide for this work It Is nec
essary that there be a larnolv In
creased shop and drawing room equip
ment, with a corps of competent In
st rutois to take charge of the several
technical and general subjects taught.
In particular It Is iniportaut that per
manent instructors in mathematics and
English be provided. In English a new
Instructor has been assigned each year,
and In consequence there has been no
continuity of work or method and
much of this Instruction has been of
little use to these classes. While better
instruction has bee provided In math
ematics than in English the work could
hi improved if one capable instructor
were placed in charge of the work of
litth-wyear8.
"It is to be hoped that In the near
future some of the work In the second
years of the course may be made elec
tive, In order that the requirements of
the students may bo fully met."
LAW COLLEGE.
"Our law library facilities are still
very inadequate. The matriculation
and diploma fees will suffice tojjeep
up a -library, but they win not sunice
to procure one. It Is not merely tfint
modern methods of legal study require
full sets ofreports for the iinmedlnte
use of students. Tho student, If he
Is to go to the bar fully equipped and
Is to bo of service to the community
because of his legal knowledge, should
know the literature of tho law thor
oughly. Ho should know what tho
books are and should have handled
them more or less, and thus have
learned tholr value and application.
With our present meager library Jt Is
often Impossible to do creaitaoie
work. The State Library, which Is
enniniete and un-to-date. hannlly miti
gates this difficulty In part, but tho
habitual use of that library by stu
dents is an expense to the state as well
as an inconvenience to those for whom
It is primarily Intended, and cannot
(Continued on page four.)
A MASS MEETING
Chancellor Andrews and Prof.
Wyer This Morning.
1M ii (torn of ('iitvtTHlly IntorpMt Will It
I'rcarnUMl.
A mass meeting of the whole stu
dent body Is called this morning at 11
in Memorial hall. JiiBt what tho meet
ing Is to bo called for Is not known
Nothing could' bo learned as to its
purpose at the executive office. Chan
cellor Andrews and Professor Wyor
are to address the meeting. Tho' noth
ing would lie given out regarding the
purpose of this meeting the vory fact
ot Its being called so suddenly and
that Chancellor Androws'ls to talk
makes It certain that matters Of no lit
tle moment will be presented. Every
thing should be dropped at 11 and the
chapel should be crowded.
DR. FLING TALKS
Student Action Against Cribbing
Advised.
The spat Its of the reform movement,
kindled by Chancellor Andrews In his
address at chapel Monday morning,
have begun to burst out Into flame
and the students and faculty are dls
( using the subject with tho greatest In
terest. How to keep the students who cheat
tioni cheating Is the theme and It Is
(crtalnly of sufficient importance to
demand the notice thnUt doos.
Dr. Fling, in his class of method
work In European history, gave up his
regular lecture to discuss the sub
ject, and his talk was well received by
more than a hundred students who lis
tened eagerly to his words.
He emphasized that the ovil was cer
tainly a deplorable and unsatisfactory
one and was of the opinion that the
only sure remedy to cure It was by the
strength of the student body. Ho did
not think that the movement should
come fiom the faculty as much as from
the students themselves. He thought,,
that they should not tolcrnto such dis
honesty among tlrolr neighbors and
c'assmates and that they should ex
pel them from their organizations If
caught .gaining credits by such under
handed methods.
Dr. Fling furthermore urged that
tliis matter should bo given tho strict
est attention and that It would be"a
noble step, Indeed, If the class organ
izations would assume sufficient re
sponsibility to appoint committees for
investigating such matters, throughout
the year, and, to recommend tho with
drawal from the Unlvorslty of guilty
members, if necessary.
A general sentiment like that ho
thoueht would soon stamn out the evil.
Tho talk throughout was good and was
silently applauded' by tho mombers of
the class.
"Professor Sweezey.
The scientific stereoptlcon lecture of
Prof. Sweezy at chapel yesterday morn
ing Was well attended, especially by a
large number of farmers, who came In
from the farm where tho agricultural
meetings are being held, to attend the
exercises this morning. Some of the
views that he had wore very plctur-
onnun indeed while the others wero
Scientific views of plants and their
measurements, all of which were amy
ollucidated by the speaker.
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