The daily Nebraskan. ([Lincoln, Neb.) 1901-current, February 16, 1905, Image 1

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University's Thirty-sixth Birth
day Celebrated.
Kventa of Vnnsnal Interest Are Well
1 Last night in Memorial hall the
mid-winter commencement and cxer-
Hr - " ciscfe in commemoration of the late
JT Chancellor Edmund B. Fairfield, LL.
' D., were held. The program was as
MubIc, "March Bohadventuro (Loaey)
The University band.
Invocation Rev. Harmon BrosB,
Chaplain of tho day.
Music, "He Watches Over Israel"
(Mendelssohn) University chorus.
Biographical Address Rev. Harmon
Charter Day Address, "Ideals in the
New Higher Education" Professor
Henry H. Wilson.
Music Adagio from Concerto in D
Minor (Max Bruch) Miss Silence
Conferring of Degroes.
Music, "America" By tho audience.
Benediction The Chaplain.
The principal address of the evening
was delivered by Prof. H. H. Wilson,
' upon "Ideals in tho Now Higher Edu
cation." After reviewing the history
of the organization of tho University
since Feb. 15, 1867, the date on which
tho Charter was given, Prof. Wilson
said in part:
"We havo within the last half cen
tury changed, tho alms and purposes
of higher education. Fifty years ago
higher education was denominational
and tho control of the universities was
in tho hands of the clergy. Higher ed
ucation is today essentially secular. II
has never been more religious than to
day if religion be devoted to higher
ideals and if it be to inculcate altruism
end inspire self-sacrificing service for
the good of mankind.
. The second ideal of our now educa
tion is its practicallzation. Fifty years
ago higher education was out of har
mony with the life of practical people.
The college bred man was isolated.
Thousands of young men refused to
enter college because their practical
minds could find nothing there to in
terest them. Tho aim today is to
make instruction offered as varied as
the activities of our people. The stu
dent Is now allowed to choose that for
which he has taste and capacity.
"The last fifty years has also wit
nessed changes In the subject matter
taught Previous to this time English
literature woe taught by requiring the
student to memorize dates of birth and
death of authors. Too busy were they
with these useless gymnosUcs of the,
memory that they had no time to taste
the literature Itself.
"Chemistry was taught without tho
laboratory. Today the Btudent Is
brought Into direct contact with the
subject matter of their study. The
methods of the school are the methods
of the practical world.
"Tho older educational regome 1b
largely responsible for the false no
tions of labor. Tho educated men
were not expected to work. We now
educate them In order that they may
work more efficiently. The new edu
cation moreover dignifies work itself.
"The University of tho future must
stand for democracy in higher educa
tion They will no longer reserve
special honors for d particular courso
of study simply becauso It Is ancient.
"Tho third Idea which yro Bhould
constantly aim at Is nationalization
of our education. Hlghor -education
should foBter realization of qur na
tional greatness and opportunities.
Tho systematic Btudy at our language
and of our institutions will dp much to
nationalize our education. If our
higher education is to train tho Ameri
can citizen, among Its chief subjects of
Instruction must bo' tho English lan
guage and American institutions.
Higher education inspires patriotism
as shown by tho large number of boI
diers in the recent war that came from
our universities. Grave responsibili
ties altered the entranco of our coun
try aB a world power. Our national
character must bo tho product of tho
highest national education.
"The state universities largoly stood
sponcers at the birth of tho now higher
education. They are tho brighteflt hope
of a thoroughly secularized, practlcal
ized and nationalized higher education."
Old University Man Speaks to
Large Audience.
Bigras XI. dire Dinner In Honor of the
room. It would also greatly Improvo
the appearanco of tho squaro which Is
at proscnt an "eyesore" to tho Univer
sity and tho surrounding neighborhood.
Athletic Events.
The Charter Day exerclseB held In
the armory yesterday afternoon were
very exciting and interesting to the
large crowd assembled. Every ovont
was hotly contested and In many cases
records were in danger but none were
At 2 p. m. tho University Cadet Band
furnished muBlc after which tho Persh
ing Rides gave an exhibition drill.
After a series of movements and drill
In manual of arms, the mon formed In
a line for a "spell down."
The first event of the athletic con
rnnta was tho first heat In tho Bomi
finals of the twenty-five yard dash.
This was won by Burruss with Bon
der a close second. The second heal
was won by Knight with Roddick In
second place. This put Burruss, Ben
der, Knight and Reddlck in the finals
which was won by Roddick with
Knight second. The" best tlmo in this
ovont was 3 2-5 seconds made in tho
The next event waB tho fence vault
and tho four men in this, Bowman,
Copeland, Hagensick and Lucas, wero
very evenly matched. It finally nar
rowed down to Bowman and Hagen
sick. Both cleared six feet, six IncheB
but failed at six, seven. On the toss
up tho ovont wont to Hagonsick. Lu
cas won third place. There wore four
men In the shot put, Wollor, Morse,
Hagensick and Hauser. Wellor won,
with Morse and Hagensick second and
third respectively. Wellor's best put
was 43 feet 3i inches.
Burruss, Hagensick, Knight and
Meyer entered in tho running high
jump. Meyer won, Hagensick second
and Burruss third. Meyer's Jump was
5 feet 9 inches, one inch from tho Uni
versity record.
Tho pole vault, with Hagensick,
Morso arid McDonald entered, was won
by Morse, who cleared tho bar at 10
feet 2 Inches.
Tho next event, tho rope climb, with
Purcell, Posplsll and Williams entered,
was won handily by Purcell, with WI1-.
Hams and Posplsll in the order named.
The high kick was won by Bowman,
who kicked the disc to the height of 8
feet 7 inches. Wallace was second.
The last ovont and the one which
aroused tho most excitement was tho
inter-fraternity relay race. Tho four
entries-were Phi Kappa" Psi, Delta Up
sllon, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha
Theta Chi. The first heat botweon the
present holders of the pennant, Phi
Kappa Psi, and Alpha Theta" Chi re
sulted In a tie. The SIg Alpha through
misfortune at tho start lost ground
which they could not recover, Delta U
winning. Alpha Theta Chi won the
extra heat to decide the tie and then
easily defeated Delta Upsllon, and
winning tho relay championship.
Tho events wore run off as rapidly
as possible without a hitch. Tho offi
cials were:
Judges Graves, Allen and Hewitt.
Time-keeper and scorer Anderson.
Announcer Dr. Clapp.
Dr. A. Ross Hill, Dean of tho
Toachors' Collogo In tho University of
Missouri, formerly head of tho De
partment of Philosophy in tho Uni
versity, delivered the annual address
beforo tho society of Sigma XI In Me
morial hall Tuesday evening. His
subject was tho "Psychology of tho
Scientist," and the speaker treated the
scientist, his methods and resultB from
the psychological point of view. The
deslro for knowledge he said, origi
nates in practical needs, and the scien
tist, working along methodical lines,
simply follows this Instinctive desire.
While theory must necessarily play an
Important part in scientific research, it
is by no means the principal factor.
Tho application of known principles
constitutes a large part. The scientist
develops tho faculty of close observa
tion and logical deduction. He works
under an impulse to know and to learn.
The great good In scientific education,
said Dr. Hill, Ib the gathering together
of actual facts, arranging them logical
ly, and then drawing certain deduc
tions. After tho lecture a dinner attended
only by members of Sigma XI was ljeld
at tho Lincoln hotel in honor of Dr.
Hill. Some twenty-seven members of
the society were present at tho after
For New Building.
A bill was Introduced into tho
House of Representatives Tuesday by
Representative H. T. Clark of Doug
las county providing for tho appropria
tion of one hundred thousand dollars
for tho erection of a new historical so
ciety building. Mr. Clark's father Is
president of the historical society and
was one of Nebraska's pioneer settlers.
The bill Is H. R. number 274. The pro
amble of the bill gives a short hiBtory
of whit is now Hay Market Square,
which was dedicated to the Historical
Society by the legislature of 18G9 and
vas subsequently convoyed In 1875 to
the city of Lincoln for use as a market
square. The preamble further states
that the city of Lincoln has bargained
for tho present postafflce building for
a city hall and that It Is believed that
public sentiment Is in favor of the
restoration of Market Square for the
original purpose. An appropriation of
one hundred thousand dollars to build
a wing of a fire proof building Is asked
from the legislature, on the condition
that the city of Lincoln will donate a
sight suitable for tho erection of such
a building. Tho friends of the bill
have Hoy Market Square In mind as
the probable site for the erection of
the building but some other place may
bo used as a store room for tho Agri
cultural and Horticultural Societies.
Should tho bill pass it-will be quite
a benefit to tho University, ns well as
supplying more ample quarters for the
Historical Society. It would give the
room now occupied by tho Society to
the library which is badly In need of
Panoramic Colorado.
An audlonco much smallor than tho
occasion deserved was present-at tho
Illustrated lecturo on "Colorado, Past
and Present," by Mr. Gilbert McClurg
of Donvor, Monday ovonlng at Memor
ial hall. Lt was originally expected, as
Dr. Ward announced In Introducing
tho speaker, that Mrs. McClurg would
dollver tho first third of tho ovonlng's
entertainment, "Prehistoric Colorado,"
and Mr. McClurg tho remainder, on tho
industrial and political development
of tho centennial commonwealth. A
bad cold, however, proven tod tho pres
ence Qt Mrs. McClurg, and both parts
wero presented by Mr. McClurg. Tho
prehistoric cliff-dwellers and pueblos,
and tho transitional Puoblo Indians
and their occupations served as an in
troduction to a largo and varied array
of splondld slides portraying historical
sconic and other interesting Horns of
Colorado's past and prosont. Tho il
lustrations, wero thoroughly appreciat
ed by tho audience, and tho only ex
pression of regret hoard was that so
many of the studonts and townspeople
had unwittingly missed so pleasant an
evening. Mr. and Mrs. McClurg travel
under tho direction of tho state of Col
orado, but wero brought beforo a Uni
versity audience largely because of tho
scientific value of Mrs. McClurg's
slides dealing with prehistoric Colorado.
Y. W. C. A. Entertains.
Tuesday evening tho Y. M. C. A.
boys wero pleasantly entertained by
the girls of tho Y. W. C. A. in Art
hall. Hearts and verses wero used In
tho amusements and tho party was
a genuine Valentino party. Prof.
Hodgoman being well qualified by his
"megaphono" voice acted as Master of
Ceremonies. Mrs. Dr. Hindmon de
livered a short address in which she
praised tho excellent work that Is be
ing accomplished through tho co-oppr-atlon
of tho two Christian organiza
tions. Dean Ringer, secretary of the
Y. M. C. A., responded In behalf of the
Y. M. C. A., thanking tho hostosses for
their hospitality. All who wero pres
ent testified to a most enjoyable evening.
Addition to Program.
Another addition has been made to
tho Glee club "concert program for to
night. Mr. A. C. Bates has been se
cured to give a number of his excellent
selections. Last year on tho out-of-town
trip Mr. Bates' numbers wero
invariably encored. Tickets for the
concert this evening havo been selling
well and a good houso is assured. The
club held its final rehearsal at the
Oliver Tuesday evening.
We had a flro Sunday night. The
water came down and slightly
damaged some of our finest suits. Tho
insurance agents havo adjusted our
loss. Wo want to move every garment
and start a sale at Just one-half price
this morning.
For Furs boo Steele, 143 S. 12th St.
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