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UNIVERSITY (DF NEBRASKA, LINCOLN, TUESDAY, MARCH 9, 1909.
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RAISE THE STANDARD
UNIVER8ITY SENATE CONSIDERS
MINIMUM OF THIRTY CREDITS
MANY PROFE88OR8 FAVOR THE
Resolutions Adopted for Better Sys-
of Registration and -for
Change In Delinquency, and
Entrance requirements and delin
quency were the chief matters dis
cussed at the meeting of the univer
sity Bennte Saturday. In connection
with the latter Bubject resolutions
wore adopted favoring a new systom
of student advisors for application
both in registering students and In
looking after their failures.
Although no action was takon In
regard to raising the entrance re
quirements for admission to the gen
eral colleges, it is believed that Buch
action will be taken by the senate in
the near future. A largo numbor of
the professors have oxpressed them
selves as heartily In favor of a change,
which will put Nebraska on an equal
footing with other institutions of equal
rank and which will In fact In a large
number of cases only raise tho uni
versity standard to that already set
by secondary schools of the state In
their graduation! requirements. '
Thirty Credit Standard.
It seems likely that tho minimum
number of entranco credits allowed
for admission without conditions to
the general colleges will bo raised
from 28 30." At tho same time the
jiumber of credits required, for condi
tional admission will bo raised from
22 to 24. In addition to the general
raising of tho standard there may be
some changes made in tho amount of
entrance work which Is absolutely re
quired. At present there are 17 credits
In certain branches which are ab
solutely required for entrance of any
student. There aro other branches
from which a student has to" choose
an optional 11 credits, making a total
of 28. Just what changes will be made
In this apportionment is not known.
In changing the number of entrance
credits required from 28 to 30, the
unlvorslty will to a large extent only
be following up tho action of various
secondary schools in raising their re
qu'lremeatB tfor graduation. Thoro
aro many students' who como to the
university from tho high Bchools -of
tho state with 30 pr more university
' credits. "This ls notably he caso
where, Omaha and Lincoln students
are concerned. During tho past year
a number of the smaller schools have'
raisea tneir stajmara to tnis oasis.
Thus a general raise of the university
'standard" will Inconvenience -only
those students who ce'raafronirBcUobls
not ribwup'to'jtho standard of others
of their class. -
Wl"th,30 credits as a basis of en
trance Nebraska will again rank
with other ptate Institutions which
have In several cases left' her behind
during tho past year or two In, tho
matter of entrance scholarship,
Board of Advisors.
At the meeting Saturday, resolu
tions word adopted for a new advis-!
orla system, These provided that, the
dean of each college' Bh'ould be the
chfof advisor of th.e students of his
cpjlego, oach dean to bo assisted by a
ppr should be, the, results wouid bo
II ni'ore, beneficial and somothlng of real
II vftjtio wquldaueaocompllshed. j ,f "
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COLLEGE CUSTOMS CONDEMNED
Profccsor Howard Discusses 8ome of
the Customs of University Life.
While lecturing to tho class In po
litical science 1C on tho subject of
"fads," Professor Howard took occas
ion yesterday to discuss somo of tho
customs that aro connected with uni
versity life. Thoso that drew fdrth
comment were tho custom of con
ferring degrees In Latin, the uso of
gowns by scholars, the practice of
hazing, and secret societies.
Professor Howard told how tho
practice of using Latin when confer
ring degrees had originated in the
University of Paris, and had come
down through Oxford and Cambridge
and later our own eastern universities,
It has been finally dropped by some
of our most progressive school's, like
'Harvard, while a very few Institutions
like Ncbrnska held on to the custom.
The practice of Tiazlng was con
demned by the professor, not alone
because of Its cruelty, but on account
of Its being an example of great cow
ardice, the subjection of the one to
tho sport of tho many. Tho profeBBor
declared that ho had known distin
guished men wIiobo, whole college
career had been spoiled because they
had lost prcstigo as tho victims of
Both tho wearing of gowns, by
scholars and the forming of Bccret
societies the profpBsor opposed,
for the same reason,. that they tended
to form class distinctions. The gow.n
of the scholar Indicates that ho is In
a class by himself, better than others,
and hence the practice, according to
Professor Howard, is not democratic.
The professor did not confine his op
position to college Secret societies,
but declured that all secret orders,
because of the segregation into groups
.or cliques, were undemocratic and apt
to work an injury to the Individual
Who Is a member should the personnel
of such a society change for tho
worser Ho declared that tho members
of a secret socloty could not bo a
free man since his mind Is subjected
to the lnfluenco of a single group, and
not to that of a broad democratic
MORE TRIPS BY THE FORE8TER8
Students Make Study of Lumbering
In Various Parts of State.
Tho students in tho forestry depart
ment are studying all tho available
practical applications of scientific for
estry, and are therefore making, or
planning, trips to various nursorles,
lumbering regions and saw mills.
One such trip has just been taken
by Scott Hallett, 1900, and L. L. Bish-.
op, 1910, to study lumbering opera
tions at Fremont. Tho lumbering
operations are the largest that havo
been conducted In Nebraska In recent;
years. 'Bho men Who mado 'tho? .trip
will make a detailed report of their
observations when they return.
Anolher'trlp will .probably be. taken
to, the homo of Mr. , Jesse Bell, a
.former university student, ; who llyes
at Bellwood. Mr. Bell has Invited the
forestry students to spend several
days studying lumbering operations
and species in bis neighborhood. ,Mr.
Bell owns a saw mill especially
equipped for the sawlng.of planted
Tho Lincoln branch of tho ABBocla1
tion of Collegiate Alumnae. Is planning
to entertain the Omaha branch of the
organization at a luncheon and an
afternoon tea on Saturday, March 20.
Tho" president; of the Omaha' branch Is
Mrs. Paul Hoagland, U. of N., ifloi.
The officers of the Lincoln branch are
Mrs. P, H. WpodB, ,1893; president;
Miss Bertha Plnkerton, secretary
troaBuror. -Miss Pound la. director ot
tho Nobras'ka branches,
ChT Onega sorority held1 an' n'r
' chager .farilpt f ,,,&.,
COACH COMES TODAY
"BILLY" FOX 8CHEDULED TO-BE.
"IN OUR MIDST."
TO ASSUME CHARGE TOMORROW
Work of Weeding Out Best Men on
Baseball Squad Will Be Started
Then The Pitching
William Fox, captain of tho Lincoln
Western leaguo baseball team, whe
is to have charge of the coaching de
partment of the cornhusker diamond
athleteB, will arrive m tho city of his
adoption some time during the dny to
bo on hand to assume control of tho
local university Bquad tomorrow after
noon at tho regular practice hour.
His contract with tho Nebraska ath
letic board calls for him to report for
sorvleo on Wodnesday, March 10.
Word was rocolved from "Billy" taat
he Is on his way nnd that ho will
not bo delayed In reporting.
IT tho weather permits the young
colts under Coach Fox's chargo will
bo trottod out to Antolopo park, whero
they will be allowed to cavort for tho
rest of the season In getting Into trim
for tho Inter-collegiate games. Tho
Lincoln baseball grounds at tho park
have been engaged for tho university
squad this spring and will bo lined
both for practice and for lnter-colle-giate
contestk. None of tho games
scheduled on tho cornhuskcrB' home
list conlllcts with those on tho
Depends on Weather.
Unless tho elements are favorable
tb tho outdoor practice, however, the
big squad will continue to work In tho
cago of the gymnasium until the more
propltloiiB conditions obtain for train
ing on tho diamond. In caso tho men
aro forced to forego the Joy of Mara
thon lng It out to Antelope park they
will bo put through a fast drill In tho
gymnasium by Coach Fox, bo that ho
may-get a lino-on -tho host material
at the earliest possible moment.
Ono of the chief problems that
Coach Fox will find confronting him
will be the ono of molding a pitching
staff for the nine. At tho presont time
tho prospects for a good bunch of
Blab artists does not look any too. en
couraging and there aro some pessi
mists who are declaring that tho corn
buskers will again "bo weak In the box.
More optimistic followers of tho can
didates k venture .to.. state that Coach
Fox will drill out somo material that
will do good work at twirling tho
The chief trouble' In the past sedms
to havo been hot tlib lack of- good
pitching material but the failure of
the men In charge to see what men
really could pitch. A pitcher's place
In practice is not' on one of the bases
or In the outfield, as. somo of tho cap
tains of former teams scorned to
think, There, are a few, men among
the 19.09 bunch of base ball candidates
who will make twhiers ,of tho first
order If Coach Fox will select then
from tho big bunch of, aspirants and.
give them a working over such as
v Change To Be Made.
One of the complaints against base
ball nines at the university In tho
past Jsttiat the players, for ,thom havo
been selected by the captain and not
by the coaches. M.urmurlhgs of dis
content for foar that this will bo the
case again this year aro hpard on tho
Tho Dally Nebrqskan Is not cog
nizant w,lth,thQ methods that were
empjpyed ln.tho picking of 'tho tpams
of other seasons, hut from rumors, thai
hn'o been hearif tth!s"- year it ls b'o
Hovea4 thai Coaeli Fox 'will hqvo-a
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If he 1b rtot to have this, tho fact
should be mndo known at once, for
a cri)itnihl'bf tho team, no matter how
well qualified he is, should have ab
solute control over giving tlio nlho Its
porBonnol. The man, by all moans,
to pick tho team Is the coach, having
as an advisory tho captain.
If Coach Fox solcctH the team this
year tho ugly reports about fratern
ities "running" tho baseball teams at
Nobrnska will ceaso and the corn
hUBkors will begin getting back Into
the class in which an institution of
this kind Bhould stand In the baso
Up to Athletic Board.
It Ib tho duty of tho Nobrnska ath
letic board to boo that Captain Fox
Is glvoti full control In selecting tho
mombers of the 1000 cornhusker base
Some public statement fro pi Cap
tain Boltzor and Coach Fox to tho
effect that personal desires aro not
going to havo any weight In making
tho choices will glvo a great, doal of
encouragement to somo of the candi
dates who aro now with the Bquad.
FRE8HMAN CLA88 ELECT8 TODAY
Long Delayed Meeting To Be Held at
11:30 This Morning.
Tho frcBhman clasB will elect of
floors for tho second somoBter at 11:30
this morning in Memorial hall. No
notices having boon posted for tho
meeting by PreBldont Kerspncher,
tho attendance Is largoly dopendent
on the offorts of tho throe presidential
candidates in rounding up their fol
lowers. All three of the aspirants for chief
honors are. reported to bo actively on
gaged In their campaigning. Each
man. has hid own circle of ardent de
votees. No organization Is known (o
bo backing any ono of tho three and
tho contest Is largely one of personal
popularity. Thomas, who had allowed
his candidacy to Ho dormant for some
time, was especially .active yesterday
and won many voteB. Beck and Land
ers havo' both boen.vory busy vote
getting Blnco announcing their candi
Thomas is tho only Qho of tho throe
who has announced a platform. He
declares for cutting down tho class
debt, presumably by a sorles of ho)8
and for tho creation of a better cTass
TRAINING 18 IMPORTANT THING
Not Facts But Knowing How What
Counts for Student.
Inrosponso to an Inquiry from tho
chairman of the committee on high
school botany of an American scien
tific society, Dr. C. E. Bessey of Nen
braska, oho of tho members of the
committee, has written ri statement
of hls'vlows on the place of tho high
school In teaching botany. What Is
true in this branch Is probably equal
ly so In a number of blhor things
taught In the secondary schools.
Dr. Bessey declares that the train
ing is tho intfortant thing In tho high
schopl study. Tho facts of Informa
tion aro of secondary Importance., The.
knowing how is of prime need. A stur
dent is not a sausage skin to bo
stuffed full of, details. Ho Is rather
& boln who 1b to bo, taught how to
find,' out - for hlmselfi This Is whai
tho high school' training should seek
to do since, It i can In any case only
'teach a very few facts In, the limited
time given to scientific, study!
. 8OPHOM0RES TO MEET.
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Thd sophomory class will meet
Tuesday, March, 10, for the election of
ofTlcors other than, the president,
., NXEilOREHOUSE, Proa.
Senior' "CommenHoratlon Committee,'
Tho senior commemoration commit
tee wllmeotrttoday at I o'clock Jri,tJ
106. All menibers aro urged to1 be
ROSS BATES, Chairman.
lOfffll S0N0 PHIZES
RENEWED EFFORT TO BE MADE
FOR TYPIC SONG
DON'T LIKE BORROWED ONES
THOUGHT TIME HAS COME FOR A
U. OF N. COMPOSITION.
Chanco That Big Prizes Will Be
Offered 8hortly as Incentives
to a 8png Contest for Stu-
Onco ngnln an offort Is to bo mado
to Btnrt a roally typical university
tradition to bo tho poBBOBBlon of tho
Unlvorslty of Nebraska and no othor.
Tho nttompt to bo mado this time,'
If successful, will result In tho giving
to Nobrnska-n now song, typically rep
resentative of tho cornhusker institu
tion. Several times In tho past offorts
havo boon mado looking towards tho
adoption of n now tuno with words,
appropriate to Nebraska to take thp .,
placo of tho borrowed "Scarlet and
Cream." In tho past thoso offorts
baye rosultod in moro or loss talk
and In oven a slight consideration ot
songs, but no vory soriouB nttompt
hns oven boon mndo. Thoro has never
been any doflnlto rosult from all tho
talk and tho unlvorslty has been loft
aftor tho discussion In tho samo fix
as boforo tho agitation' started, nnd
with tho borrowed tuno still tho of
ficial Bong of Its studonts.
Plan to Give Prizes,
Tho scheme now on foot pjans tho
offering of a numbor of prizes for
songs submitted by Nebraska stu-'
dorjts? Just what tho .lylzos. wJlUho. t
hus not been decided, nor havo thp
detnUs of the award been fixed, Tho
students back of tho movo-nro prom
inent seniors and thoy insist that this
time tho agitation shall not result, In
a flzzlo. Tho prizes, they Bay, will be
worth tlio while of any studorit to
take his tlmp In preparing a song for
the competition, ;ovpn omitting tho
consideration which should Influence
him Insofar ms loyalty tpt school and
personal triuniphWo to Do considered.
Such p. sdng as would' dos .credit to
Nebraska could, not bo abased. upon
any cheap melody. " Tho tuno would
have to bo ono of dignity commensur-
nto with tho size and' Importance of
Nebraska's institution of higher e'dii--'
cation. Tho football songs to comic
tunes aro all right for these occasions
but It. Is felt by many studonts that
something of greater artistic promise
should bq used to represent tho Ne
Other Schools, Too.
Tho song movoment Is- not only of
Interest at Nebraska. Several othor
Institutions, notably In tho west, '
where tho songs havo In tho past been
parodies on eastern tunes, aro now
In quest of sTnew melody. Prizes aro
now being offerod at some of these
Institutions for stuSent compositions,
In some places a new song has already
Veen picked and tho process of found
ing a tradition by manufactured meth
ods Is In a fair way to completion.
Nebraska's "Scarlet and Cream" Is
k parody on the famous Princeton
"Scarlet and Black." 'The tune Is. bor
rowed 'exactly and tho words are not
far different from tho "Princeton
The Nebraska men back of the sbng
contest promise to make a definite an
nouncement In the near future and
the students will then he allowed to
show their ability inv the musical Jlie,
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